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Here's Why Anarchists Erected Naked Trump Statues

Artist says he'd make one of Clinton, too

(Newser) - It was a sight to create sore eyes: Naked and extremely unflattering statues of a Donald Trump without testicles were erected simultaneously in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Seattle early Thursday. Anarchist collective INDECLINE was behind the project, and a spokesman tells the Washington Post that the... More »

Infamous 'Scary Lucy' Statue Has Been Replaced

A new statue honoring Lucille Ball is hopefully less monstrous

(Newser) - A new statue of Lucille Ball has been unveiled in the late actress' hometown to replace one that was dubbed "Scary Lucy," the AP reports. Hundreds of fans gathered Saturday in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the western New York village of Celoron. They watched as the tarp... More »

Texas' New Selfie Statue Has Residents Wondering WTF

'I'm embarrassed for everyone'

(Newser) - A statue of two girls taking a selfie that was recently installed in Sugar Land, Texas, has residents reaching for their phones—but not to take a photo. “I’m embarrassed for everyone," one person tweeted . "This is why people hate the young generation! Stupid things like... More »

Thieves Swipe $5M Bejeweled Eagle —From Guy's Backpack

Owner was apparently walking around telling people he was carrying it

(Newser) - An 18-pound, solid-gold eagle statue adorned with 763 diamonds and a massive emerald recovered from a 17th-century shipwreck has been stolen—but it wasn't exactly a Mission: Impossible-esque heist. Owner Ron Shore says he had his " Maltese Eagle ," valued between $5 million and $9 million, in his... More »

Tourist Shatters Historic Statue in 'Boneheaded' Selfie Attempt

24-year-old awaits trial

(Newser) - Portugal's revered King Sebastiao, also known as the child king, was crowned as a 3-year-old when his grandfather died in 1557. His father, having died two weeks before his birth, never got to meet the near-mythical figure. And now, reports the International Business Times , tourists are being denied a... More »

Cops: Man Decapitated, Mutilated 300-Pound Statue

Its head and feet were found in a pit

(Newser) - The torso of a legendary UC Berkeley crew coach was found in the back of a pickup truck Saturday in San Leandro, California, CBS SF Bay Area reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , his head and feet were found in a pit nearby. Oh, we should mention it was... More »

World's Oldest Wooden Statue Twice as Old as Pyramids

New dating puts Shigir Idol at 11K years old, 1.5K years older than thought

(Newser) - When scientists first tried in 1997 to date the famous Shigir Idol wooden sculpture —originally found in a Siberian peat bog in 1890—radiocarbon dating suggested the art was so old the findings were widely disputed. Now, armed with better tech, scientists turned to one of the world's... More »

Creepy Lucy Statue to Be Moved

It will go to comedy center after residents complained

(Newser) - The residents of Celoron, NY, will no longer have to live with a creepy bronze statue of Lucille Ball (or, at least, that's who it's supposed to look like). After citizens of Lucy's hometown campaigned to have the frightening 400-pound sculpture removed, the board of trustees voted... More »

Tourists' Selfie Busts Statue From 1700

Cremona's beloved statue is now in need of repair

(Newser) - Hercules is no match for the dreaded selfie, apparently. A 300-year-old statue of the figure was busted in Cremona, Italy, by tourists trying to snap a selfie. The two visitors were reportedly climbing on the "Statue of the Two Hercules" at the historic Loggia dei Militi building when the... More »

What Is That?! Lucy Fans Terrified By Her Statue

Lucille Ball statue 'looks like a monster'

(Newser) - Even the staunchest Lucille Ball fan probably would not recognize the statue purportedly of the actress that resides in her hometown of Celoron, NY. The privately-commissioned, life-sized, bronze ... thing is fairly terrifying, and while I Love Lucy fans have expressed their displeasure ever since it was unveiled in 2009, a... More »

Controversial Bull Statue Loses Its Manhood

Utah neighbors outraged by huge, conical penis

(Newser) - An oversized bull penis at the center of a dispute in the small Utah town of Hurricane has been cut off—but restaurant owner Stephen Ward says it was because he decided he didn't like the look of it on the statue, not because he cares what his neighbors... More »

Man's Body Found in Ancient Buddha Statue

Dutch experts say it's the Buddhist master Liuquan

(Newser) - Look inside a 1,000-year-old Chinese Buddha statue, and what do you find? Why, a mummified body, of course. At least that's what Dutch researchers saw when performing a CT scan on a statue shown last year in the Netherlands at Drents Museum, Discover reports. The body is believed... More »

Archaeologists' Surprise Find: Ancient, Busty Statuette

They put it together from 20 fragments

(Newser) - Archaeologists in northern France were digging for "tooled flint or bones," they say, when they came upon something stunning: what ended up being a 23,000-year-old sculpture of a woman. While digging near Amiens over the summer, they noticed some pieces amid the limestone they had found didn'... More »

Lenin's Nose, Ear Helping Fund Anti-Russian Forces

Ukraine supporters topple statue, put pieces up for auction

(Newser) - Lenin must be thrilled with this: Not only did protesters in Ukraine tear down a huge statue of him, they're using old-fashioned capitalism to make some money off it. The 28-foot-tall statue came down last weekend in the eastern city of Kharkiv, and now pieces of it are going... More »

Century-Old Time Capsule Found Inside Boston Statue

Now the tricky part: getting it out

(Newser) - A lion statue perched atop the Old State House in Boston has been hiding a secret for 113 years: He's got a time capsule inside his head, reports WBZ-TV . When the lion came down for restoration, authorities with the Bostonian Society used a tiny camera to peer inside and... More »

Jesus Statue Has Actual Human Teeth

Mexican restorer says it 'seems mad,' but it's real

(Newser) - A 300-year-old statue of Jesus seems ordinary except for one little thing: It has real human teeth, LiveScience reports. "We said 'Ah, it's not possible!'" says Fanny Unikel Santoncini, who was restoring the statue from a small-town parish in Mexico. But her anthropologist spotted the... More »

Lenin's Giant Head Is Missing

Nearly 4-ton object was buried in a forest, now can't be found

(Newser) - Where's the 3.86-ton head of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin? Um, lost in a forest, apparently. The giant head, made of Ukrainian red granite, was part of a statue that stood some 62 feet tall in East Berlin's Lenin Square before it was broken into 129 pieces... More »

Downfall of Michelangelo's David: Weak Ankles?

Researchers: Masterpiece could collapse

(Newser) - Michelangelo's David has two bum ankles—and surgery isn't helping the masterpiece. Despite plastering over micro-fractures that have appeared over the years, David's ankles are so bad researchers fear the marble Golaith-slayer could soon collapse under his own massive 5.5-ton weight, reports the BBC by way... More »

Virgin Mary Statue Wins Policing Prize, Then Outrage

She doesn't exactly meet the requirements, secularists say

(Newser) - Spain's top policing award this year went not to a heroic police officer but to ... a statue of the Virgin Mary. The country's interior minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, awarded the gold medal of police merit to an icon of the virgin in Málaga because, as... More »

FBI, Ole Miss Hunt Culprit Behind Noose on Statue

Confederate flag, racist slurs cited in attack

(Newser) - After a noose and a Confederate flag were found early Sunday on a statue of the University of Mississippi's first black student, James Meredith, Ole Miss is now looking for two men who, according to a witness, were shouting racial slurs while vandalizing the statue. The FBI is also... More »

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