Louvre Museum shuts for day as guards protest pickpockets

PARIS (Reuters) - Tourists caught no glimpse of the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory or Venus de Milo on Wednesday due to a one-day closure of the Louvre, as guards protested that pickpockets were rampant at the world's most visited museum.

Brazen theft from Parisian bridge baffles city

PARIS (Reuters) - The gilded Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris has lost some of its sparkle after thieves made off with the historic monument's bronze plaques in the latest theft from a Parisian landmark.

Maine "hermit" arrested, accused of hundreds of food thefts

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Maine man who walked into the woods shortly after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident and lived as a hermit for almost three decades, supporting himself by stealing from nearby camps, was arrested last week, police said on Tuesday.

Churchill poem to be auctioned

The only poem known to have been written by Winston Churchill as an adult is expected to fetch up to £15,000 when it is auctioned at Bonhams in London later.

Giant Meccano bridge opens over canal after a year being put together

A £90,000 Meccano-style footbridge has been completed and opened in Bolton (Picture: MEN Syndication)
A bridge resembling a larger-than-life Meccano construction has finally been opened after a year being  assembled.
The £90,000 steelwork bridge was put together over the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal.
The 21ft-long assembly involving more than 700 specially-made fragments, nuts and bolts was the brainchild of childhood Meccano enthusiast Liam Curtin.

LOOK: More Dolls Without Makeup

Last week we shared Eddi Aguirre's illustration of Barbie without makeup -- and it's safe to say that we were all surprised by how different she looked.

Metalwork Like You've Never Seen It Before

With just a chisel and a hammer, metal artist Alan Jones transforms motorcycle fenders into formidable sculptures of flaming skulls, exotic dragons and majestic eagles. We probably never would have known about him either if a kind and internet-savvy son hadn't recently posted the impressive evidence on Reddit.

Invasive Species? Man Hospitalized With Eel In Butt

Do not try this at home. Do not try this anywhere. Just do not try it.

A man in China's southeastern Guangdong province admitted himself to a local hospital after he reportedly got a live eel stuck inside him. According to British tabloid The Sun, the man inserted the 20-inch-long Asian swamp eel into his anus after seeing it done in a porn movie, and he had to endure all-night surgery to have it extracted.

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