Friday Links: strange, stranger, and nigh unbelievable
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- In 1969, an art history student was scouring through castaways at a used furniture store when she came upon more than 2,500 strange watercolors and collages of flying machines alongside cryptic newspaper clippings, crudely sewn together with shoelaces and thread.
- In 1964, a worker passing through the garden park noticed the famous sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid had been beheaded. Horrified, he ran for the police.
- In the annals of strange things done in the name of art, an Australian performance artist is quickly making a name for himself by growing a third ear on his arm.
- You probably heard the recent story about the person who bought a photograph on eBay convinced it depicts the Brontë sisters. This article pretty much determines it’s not them.
- Earlier this year we told you museums had begun banning selfie sticks. Our friends at JSTOR tell us why they think that’s not necessarily a good idea.
- You say tomato, I say tomahto. I say Cloud Gate, Karamay’s Tourism Bureau in China say “oil bubble.” Anish Kapoor demands we call the whole thing off.