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Italy to spend €200K on seismic-proof plinth for Michelangelo's David
Michelangelo's David will be given a special, anti-seismic plinth worth 200,000 euros, to protect it from earth tremors in Florence. Safety concerns were raised following 250 tremors that rattled the region in the past few days.

21.12.2014 10:59

‘You shall not pass’: Eye of Sauron will NOT watch over Moscow
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans in Moscow are going to be disappointed that the Eye of Sauron will not, after all, appear above skyscrapers in central Moscow. The plan was criticized by the Orthodox Church and the city officials.

10.12.2014 11:48

'Eye of Sauron' on Moscow skyscraper to end up badly for city, Orthodox Church says
Russian Orthodox Church has slammed plans to erect a real-life 'Eye of Sauron' in Moscow, saying that the art project dedicated to the premiere of the final part of the “Hobbit” movie trilogy may have bad consequences for the Russian capital.

09.12.2014 18:32

Real-life 'Eye of Sauron' will open up over Moscow skyscraper tower
Tolkien fans rejoice! The ‘Eye of Sauron’ now is not just fiction – it will light up the skyline of Moscow-City to ominously watch down on the Russian capital as the latest “Hobbit” movie premiers in Russia on Thursday night.

08.12.2014 17:20

250 years of splendor: Dazzling 3D show kicks off Hermitage celebrations
Russia’s grandest museum - the Hermitage - is celebrating its 250th anniversary. The festivities kicked off with a unique exhibition of a Parthenon sculpture, which left the British Museum for the first time, and a dazzling 3D-mapping projection.

07.12.2014 12:57

Stumbling block: Greeks offended by Brits lending ancient sculpture to Russia
In a worldly gesture to help Russia's Hermitage museum celebrate an anniversary, the British Museum has 'secretly' sent a 2,500 years old Parthenon sculpture to St. Petersburg. The move infuriated Greeks, who have long tried to reclaim the ancient piece.

06.12.2014 13:51

Spanish theater swaps tickets for porno mags to beat VAT hike
A theater in Madrid is using pornographic magazines to get more people to its shows. With VAT on ticket sales at 21 percent, the company is allowing people to buy a magazine instead of a ticket to gain entry.

06.12.2014 13:14

​‘End vagina taboo’: Japanese artist arrested for 2nd time over obscene products
The Japanese artist modeling objects based on images of her vagina has been arrested for a second time on obscenity charges.

04.12.2014 10:29

Mona Lisa was da Vinci's Chinese mother? New theory provokes parodies on Twitter
An Italian historian's theory that Mona Lisa was not only a Chinese slave, but also Leonardo da Vinci's mother has provoked social media storm, with parodies of the famous La Gioconda painting mushrooming over the Internet.

03.12.2014 13:31

Toronto’s New Dance: a cultural hat trick as nimble as Nijinsky
Oh Toronto, city of 5 million that can contain dozens of cultures, have you become a device for projecting the holograms of other places?

01.12.2014 11:08

Over Bond St in the buff! Naked free-runner scales London skyline
For free-runner world champion Tim Sheiff, it wasn’t enough to scale some of the most impressive buildings on the London skyline. He had to do it completely naked. And take photographs.

28.11.2014 15:07

'Old cousin' of German art hoarder claims right to $1bn Nazi-era trove left to museum
The alleged cousin of late German Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt is challenging his will, which aims to donate the entire stash of rare masterpieces to a Swiss museum. This comes a mere two days before the museum is to give its answer.

22.11.2014 09:54