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French Town Fights Vandals By Endowing Statue With a Removable Penis

Of the incident, Arcachon, France’s Mayor Yves Foulon told Sud Ouest newspaper: "I wouldn't want anyone—not even my worst enemies—to go through what happens to this statue.”

What happens to the statue, a 10-foot-tall effigy of Hercules, is regular vandalism targeted where it hurts the Greek God known for his self-confidence and virility the most: his penis.

As Mashable reports, the sculpture in Parc Mauresque was designed by Claude Bouscau in the ‘40s, and even then, the phallus was a point of contention. Bouscau reduced the size of the organ following criticism over its length, and since then, it’s been desecrated so often that officials have decided to outfit Hercules with a removable penis. The piece will only adorn the figure during special occasions and ceremonies and the sculpture will be free of its manhood the rest of the time.

It’s an unorthodox, but perhaps ingenious, way to combat vandals who have left poor Hercules with nothing more than a thin metal rod between his legs. Plus, it makes life easier for law enforcement. Deputy Mayor Martine Phellipot told Sud Ouest: “This is the best solution. Otherwise you just end up constantly chasing after the anatomy of Hercules.”

[h/t Mashable]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

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A Secret Room Full of Michelangelo's Sketches Will Soon Open in Florence
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Parents all over the world have chastised their children for drawing on the walls. But when you're Michelangelo, you've got some leeway. According to The Local, the Medici Chapels, part of the Bargello museum in Florence, Italy, has announced that it plans to open a largely unseen room full of the artist's sketches to the public by 2020.

Roughly 40 years ago, curators of the chapels at the Basilica di San Lorenzo had a very Dan Brown moment when they discovered a trap door in a wardrobe leading to an underground room that appeared to have works from Michelangelo covering its walls. The tiny retreat is thought to be a place where the artist hid out in 1530 after upsetting the Medicis—his patrons—by joining a revolt against their control of Florence. While in self-imposed exile for several months, he apparently spent his time drawing on whatever surfaces were available.

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Museum officials previously believed the room and the charcoal drawings were too fragile to risk visitors, but have since had a change of heart, leading to their plan to renovate the building and create new attractions. While not all of the work is thought to be attributable to the famed artist, there's enough of it in the subterranean chamber—including drawings of Jesus and even recreations of portions of the Sistine Chapel—to make a trip worthwhile.

[h/t The Local]

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