Tusks are protruding teeth that outgrow their neighbours to become fabulous hornlike appendages, protruding in different directions according to the mammal sporting them. Except, that is, in Poland, where a Tusk is a prime minister named Donald, seen here in his underpants.
The improbably named Polish premier has held office since 2007, and is thus far the only head of government to be re-elected since the return of democratic elections in 1989. Unlike a tusk, Poland has yet to outgrow its neighbours, but like many of Central Europe’s new republics, it has spent the last 20 years trying.
Warthogs, narwhals and walruses all have tusks, although their teeth, no matter how flamboyant, can not stand for election anywhere in modern Europe, calling into question just how free these post-communist democracies actually are. Bears do not have tusks, but they do still defecate in the woods, unlike the Pope, who is no longer Polish. However, nobody’s questioning the Polishness of Donald Tusk, who now joins World Leaders in Their Underpants on behalf of that nation. We’d rather not dwell on where he does his other business.