Okay, sorry, this post probably should have been tagged "NSFW" due to the large image of an old man's melting face. But let's move beyond courtesies: Was Ron Paul's eyebrow collapsing during Tuesday's debate? This image appears to show a fake eyebrow just stone cold fallin' off.

But perhaps it was something else! Here's the official line from the campaign, as solicited by the New York Times:

Jesse Benton, a campaign spokesman, insisted that Mr. Paul had been the victim of the elements, namely a heavy pollen season in New Hampshire, and called accusations that he'd been artificially enhancing "stupid" and "insulting."

"Dr. Paul's allergies acted up a touch," Mr. Benton said in an explanation that might raise some, you know, questions.

That doesn't make much sense. What kind of horrible allergy causes your eyebrow to melt off? Pollen, schmollen. It would have to be something much more powerful. Let's search the full photo for any clues:

Ahhhhh. It was Newt Gingrich's rancid stink-breath that did the trick. Perfectly understandable, case closed. [via Daily Intel, image via AP]