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They are beautifully camouflaged as foliage. Or were. They are made of concrete. Each weighs 16 tons and they are driven deep into the ground. Without the fancy dress, they look like the teeth of a dragon neatly arranged next to each other.

You have seen them and maybe eaten a few. Their shape is a copy of the famous Swiss chocolate Toblerone. The triangular prism or pentahedron confectionary is one of the Alpine country’s major exports.

Their original purpose was to defend advancing ground armies from invading a Switzerland that was surrounded by the Axis (Germany, Austria, Italy and occupied France) during World War 11.

 

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The Promenthouse line which is what the dragon’s teeth were called officially borders France which was then under German occupation. This wall is a 10-kilometre series of teeth that run through the Canton of Vaud from Lake Leman to the top of the Jura mountains in western Switzerland.

It is not uncommon to suddenly see a bit of teeth sticking out from the neatly manicured countryside. Theodore Tobler created the chocolate in 1908 and the triangular shape of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps is commonly believed to have been the inspiration.

According to Tobler’s sons, the triangles were inspired by a pyramid built by dancers in Paris’ Folies Bergères built during a show. So the next time you bite into this chocolate made of milk, nougat, almond and honey, think of your teeth.

 

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