You may not know it but there have been rumors in the art world dating back 500 years claiming that Leonardo da Vinci painted a nude version of the Mona Lisa. Well, new evidence indicates the rumors just might be true. A charcoal drawing of a nude Mona Lisa that has been sitting in a museum north of Paris for 150 years is now believed to be the work of the master himself, not one of his students as was earlier thought. The Conde Museum sent the portrait, which is known as the "Joconde nue", to the Louvre for testing and discovered that it was older than thought, dating from da Vinci's lifetime, and was likely created in his workshop. Researchers believe the sketch may have been da Vinci's preparation for painting a nude version of his masterpiece. And just for clarification, when we say nude, we basically mean the same pose as the real Mona Lisa, just topless. Rumors say da Vinci painted a nude Mona Lisa that vanished two years after his death in 1519. Conde curator Mathieu Deldicque said, "It's possible, though there's no certainty, that this was the preparatory drawing for the painted Joconde nue. We don't even know if that portrait was really painted but there's a strong probability that it was." (BBC)
Special "Uber" for NFL Players?
Because we wouldn't want to go an entire 24-hour cycle without some discussion on the NFL-National Anthem protests - here's something new. The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is making an interesting offer to NFL players in response to the protests. The office says players are welcome to ride along with deputies during patrol shifts in the California county. In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office said: "We welcome the opportunity to share what we do and also want to hear the concerns of athletes. By working together, hopefully we can gain a better understanding of all viewpoints." The post noted that "we work 24/7/365, so we can definitely accommodate your schedule." If you're not making the connection - the protests are basically a statement against the way African American people are treated in general by the police. (Fresno Bee)
God Wants Me to Let My Baby Die
In Michigan, Rachel and Joshua Piland have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and face up to 15 years in prison because they apparently believe God wanted their newborn baby to die. The Pilands are members of Faith Tech Ministries, a religious group that does not believe in using doctors, so despite the fact that her infant daughter was not eating and coughing up blood, Rachel Piland refused to take her to the hospital, instead going to "listen to sermons." A day later, Piland allegedly wouldn't let her mother call for help when blood was coming out of her baby's nose and she was having trouble breathing. Four-day-old Abigail was dead within hours. Abigail appeared fine when she was born at the Pilands' home in Lansing on Feb. 6. But the next day, police say a midwife warned Rachel Piland her baby had jaundice and should be taken to the doctor or a hospital. Piland allegedly declined and canceled a follow-up appointment with the midwife, saying, "God makes no mistakes." The Pilands allegedly didn't try to get medical help even after Abigail was found lifeless Feb. 9, instead calling friends and church members to come over and pray for the baby. Police only learned about Abigail's death when Rachel's brother called from California. They reportedly arrived to find the Pilands and three other people praying over the dead baby. (Lansing State Journal)
Fishnado? For Real?
Could Sharknado actually ever happen? Well believe it or not, there appears to have been a "Fishnado" in Mexico! Civil defense officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky! This went down in the coastal city of Tampico and photos posted on the agency's Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk. According the US Library of Congress, it's a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times. Scientists believe that tornadoes over water - known as waterspouts - could indeed actually suck fish into the air where they are blown around until being released to the ground. (Newser)
Smile White Supremacist! You're on Candid Camera!
Thanks to the zillions of smart phone cameras, trouble isn't over for some protestors from Charlottesville, Va. Police in Vernon, Indiana have arrested 37-year-old Dennis L. Mothersbaugh on charges of assault and battery. Mothersbaugh was allegedly caught on video punching a man and woman who were demonstrating against last month's now infamous white nationalist protest. Jennings County Sheriff Gary Driver says Mothersbaugh is being held in the Jennings County Jail pending extradition to Charlottesville. Virginia authorities issued the warrant for Mothersbaugh after cellphone video surfaced on social media showing him marching with white supremacists and punching a man and a woman protesting against them. (Columbus Republic)
Finally! A $100K Pickup Truck!! Yay!
It's what we've all been waiting for and its time has finally come - a $100,000 pickup truck! Ford has stepped up their game with the new "Super Duty Limited" line, whose crown jewel is an F-450! There are actually three models, starting around $80,000, but the crème de la crème, the F-450 Super Duty Limited, can get up to $94,445 with all the bells and whistles. Throw on your state's 6 or 7 percent sales tax, and you're hovering right around 100 large. In its press release, Ford says there are customers who need Super Duty-level capability and want true luxury. Among the features of these premium Limited models: two-tone heated and vented front leather seats, heated rear seats, premium leather-wrapped steering wheel, suede headliner, hand-finished ash wood trim, a unique grille and tailgate, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering, lane-keep alert, forward collision warning, LED headlamps, panoramic moonroof. Hot damn! Where do I test drive? (Truck Yeah)
What the WHAT?
As is traditional this time of year, Oktoberfest is underway in Germany, but already there's been trouble. One tourist in Munich is being investigated for allegedly going to the bathroom and wiping his backside with Euro notes, which he assumedly would be using later to buy beer. This was apparently his way of expressing his displeasure over the fact that there was a long line at one particular toilet, despite the fact there were 1,400 other toilets on the site. So, instead of going to a different one, he decided to squat down behind a dumpster to do his business. But as he did not have any toilet paper, he resorted to using euro notes from his wallet. He was immediately spotted by police who went over to question him, after seeing him put the filthy notes back in his wallet. He allegedly told the officers he would be cleaning them the day. It is not confirmed whether the man would face charges. Dude - you use your socks! Come on, we've all been there. Use your socks - then throw them away! Better to walk around sockless than with a wad of soiled cash! Ewwww! (Metro)