Locks of Love

The thousands of locks that cling to the fences of the Pont des Arts in Paris have become a symbol of danger rather than love after a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight. The fencing tumbled late Sunday on the pedestrian bridge, which crosses the Seine. The locks are periodically removed by the city, but spring up ever faster. – USA Today, 6/9/14

Loub job.

Kim Kardashian underwent “toe liposuction” so she could fit into a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos for her wedding. This procedure costs about $5,000, and is now nicknamed the “Loub job”. – Daily Mail, 5/27/14

An icon lost.

These days, not every fire station comes with the iconic brass pole. Many fire departments across the USA have or are opting instead to install a slide, either of the plastic looping variety or the traditional steel playground-style. Sometimes it’s for safety or insurance purposes (sprained ankles and damaged knees), but sometimes it just suits the station better. – USA Today, 3/4/13


A virtual-reality headset for chickens has been developed – to fool chickens into thinking they’re free range chickens. This device lets caged chickens peck at virtual bugs around a virtual farmyard. – Metro, 5/16/14