Robert Vinet

A​ Passionately Curious Bloke

Tag: Paris

Mona Lisa Smile

On August 21, 1911 Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen when Vincenzo Peruggia slipped the small 76-by-53-centimetre painting out of the Louvre underneath his smock. The 16th-century Florentine beauty wasn’t discovered missing until the next day as the Louvre had been closed to the public.

Peruggia was caught two years later. He had been motivated by a desire to return the painting to its homeland in Florence, Italy, where it was located.

Today, millions of people visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris each year to catch a glimpse of her enigmatic smile.

Paris; Starting a candy company; Appreciating art naked; Prison break trivia

UK Information Commissioner‘s Office orders Cambridge Analytica to hand over data it has on David Carroll, a US voter, who brought a complaint, including how the data was obtained and how it was used – Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian

Palais de Tokyo art gallery in Paris opened its doors to nudists – BBC

It’s sad what some people will do for celebrity:  Wisconsin man breaks record for eating 30,000 McDonald’s Big Mac’s – CBS 58

Elon Musk is starting a candy company:


May 6

Prison Break Trivia: In Belgium, Germany and Austria, the philosophy of the law holds that it is human nature to want to escape from jail. In those countries, escapees who do not break any other laws are not charged for anything and no extra time is added to their sentence.


1536: King Henry VIII orders English-language Bibles be placed in every church.

1889: The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

1910George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.

1937Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.

1954Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.

Pregnant Frenchwoman was fined €60 (US$74) for walking the wrong way at a Paris metro station


The ticket was issued when she tried to shorten her journey by walking counter to a one-way system at Concorde.

Paris metro operator RATP said the system was needed to control flow and prevent “incidents”.

The woman’s partner posted a picture of the fine on social media, saying “Bravo for this racket.”

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