T. S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month,” but January brings the Northern Hemisphere its cruelest temperatures of the year. We’ve asked ex-Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings to come in from the cold and put a chill on some of the most persistent cold-weather myths he could think of. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you freeze (yes, we stole that from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dialogue in Batman and Robin.)
Icy Myth #3: Saint Bernard Rescue Dogs Carried Little Kegs of Brandy to the Snowbound.
The ginormous St. Bernard dog breed, immortalized by Stephen King in his horror classic Cujo, was originally bred as a rescue dog in the Swiss Alps. In fact, the breed is named for the Great St. Bernard Hospice, a monastery atop the Great St. Bernard Pass in Switzerland, where the monks famously used the dogs in rescue operations.