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A Man Caught Throwing a Piece of Cake at the Mona Lisa

By: Nikila Rajan

A man who was disguised as an old woman threw a piece of cake at the Mona Lisa in Paris.

A video on social media shows security guards at the Louvre Museum escorting the man away as he spoke in French about the planet. “Think of the Earth! There are people who are destroying the Earth! Think about it. Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That’s why I did this,” he says, according to the Associated Press.

Another video shows someone clearing off the glass protecting the Mona Lisa, as others held up their phones to film the incident’s aftermath. The 36-year-old man was sent to a psychiatric unit, according to the AP.

But Rina Torchinsky-reporter, states, “This isn’t the first time the iconic painting has run into trouble. The protective glass was put up after it was damaged in an acid attack during the 1950s. In 1911, the Mona Lisa disappeared from the museum. For more than two years, there were no hints on where it could be, until someone tried to sell the painting to an Italian art dealer who informed authorities.”

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