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Sticking point: Smithsonian bans selfie sticks for 'safety of visitors & collections'
The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, has asked its visitors to "leave their selfie sticks in their bags." It means no more remote pics in front of extinct monsters or rockets.

04.03.2015 09:20

​‘I need a new drill’: German pensioner starts ambitious quest for lost Amber Room
A German pensioner has started his own search for the legendary Amber Room lost in the chaos of WWII. He believes he can find the priceless artwork looted by the Nazis in Germany’s Ruhr area but says the lack of new drill separates him from the discovery.

03.03.2015 21:07

ISIS militants destroy ancient statues, relics in Iraq (VIDEO)
The Islamic State has posted a video online showing a group of militants destroying ancient statues and other artifacts, saying they are symbols of idolatry. Some of the objects date from the seventh century BC. Specialists say the damage is incalculable.

26.02.2015 16:54

'V for Varoufakis!' Greek finance minister burns EU with laser eyes (VIDEO)
As Greece’s finance minister clashes with the EU and his German counterpart over Athens' debt to the Troika of European lenders, a German show has uploaded a YouTube video spoof of the economic standoff between them, entitled ‘V for Varoufakis’.

26.02.2015 12:04

CT scan reveals 1,000 yo mummy inside statue of Buddha
Dutch scientists have scanned a statue of Buddha, dating back to the 11th or 12th century, to reveal a mummy inside. They’ve also taken samples of the mummy’s insides and discovered scraps of paper with ancient Chinese characters on them.

22.02.2015 06:19

​Anorexic-looking model causes fierce social backlash for Danish magazine
A Danish magazine has got into hot water for using a model so thin she looked dangerously malnourished. The publication had to issue an apology, and also faces criticism for removing negative Facebook comments.

20.02.2015 14:24

Estonian Holocaust exhibit ‘outrageous and disgusting example of poor taste’
A Holocaust exhibition in Estonia mocks the victims of the terrible tragedy and is a totally perverted way to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, says Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem.

10.02.2015 11:09

Holocaust exhibit in Estonia prefers laughing at history, triggers mass outrage
A museum in Tartu, Estonia, has sparked condemnation after a very unorthodox approach to Holocaust remembrance: by laughing at it. Among the exhibits is a scandalous video of children playing tag in a gas chamber, minutes before death.

09.02.2015 10:35

6yo artist donates first income to help poor kids in Angola
A 6-year-old artist has donated money raised through his charity exhibition to kids in Angola. “We need to go see other people’s lives," Paul Jules Butler said. "Maybe we should live like them, maybe they can live like us. Then we can get along better.”

08.02.2015 11:37

​Boycott 50 Shades of Grey for ‘glamorizing’ domestic violence, say activists
Online activists have launched a campaign against the controversial release of Fifty Shades of Grey. The movement claims the film glamorizes domestic violence, and urges fans to boycott the cinema release.

06.02.2015 14:21

Iraqi artist fights ‘ugly ISIS’ with shoes & trash
An Iraqi artist has decided to show the world the “ugliness” of the Islamic State and its cause. Having gathered a bunch of worn-out boots and accessories, the artist has turned them into a series of “shoe faces” which mock and embarrass ISIS fighters.

01.02.2015 12:52

Artist pulls prayer rug installation from French exhibition after Muslim warnings
An installation featuring Islamic prayer rugs stacked with high heels has been withdrawn from an art exhibition near Paris after a Muslim group warned that the piece could provoke an “uncontrollable” reaction.

28.01.2015 13:39