Misericord: Out-Yawning an Oven Door
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Misericord: Out-Yawning an Oven Door

Misericords (c.1480) in the choir of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the center is an illustratation of the proverb, "It's like trying to out-yawn an oven door," which means trying to accomplish the impossible. On the right is an owl.