At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues.At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers.The photo on the left shows a distinct bench along the Warm Springs Fault.
To get a clearer view of young layers, geologists dig trenches across faults where they know that young deposits have accumulated.The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs.There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.Karina Smirnoff is best known to millions as a professional dancer helping rookie partners navigate rumba, tango and more on "Dancing With the Stars." But sometimes her physical challenges extend to real-life dates — like the time she was in a first date's car, looking out the window to see how far away the curb was before she opened the door."What did he do? He didn't realize that my head was sticking out of it.It closed tightly on my neck."Fortunately, disaster was averted in this, just one of Smirnoff's romantic misfires that are recounted in her new book, "We're Just Not That Into You: Dating Disasters from the Trenches" (Post Hill Press).Some soldiers used this short-lived ceasefire for a more somber task: the retrieval of the bodies of fellow combatants who had fallen within the no-man’s land between the lines.