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Mona Lisa

  1. The Mona Khal-Lisa, Our Lady of the Dark Eyebrows

    It is known

    Sadly, the original Mona Khaleesa is thought to have perished in a mysterious, completely, totally, absolutely unexplained fire. No historical record exists of how it was started and no historians have offered any theories.

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  2. NASA Uses a Laser to Sends the Mona Lisa to the Moon Because SCIENCE!

    Almost Totally Excellent

    No, Dean from The Iron Giant. Not because, ART, because SCIENCE. NASA recently tested out a system of transmitting data by laser beam to their satellite currently orbiting the Moon, an experiment that gathered vital information on the interference of Earth's atmosphere and its effect on the fidelity of such communications. But they couldn't just send any old thing to the moon, no. They sent the Mona Lisa. Explanatory video below:

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  3. This is What the Mona Lisa Looks Like in Pure CSS

    Cascading style sheets, obviously, are pretty darn useful, and currently one of (if not) the best languages to use to style a webpage. When not being used to style a page, however, people like to see what they can build solely using CSS. From simple, geometrical houses, to -- as it turns out -- famous works of art, like the Mona Lisa.

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  4. Meet the Isleworth Mona Lisa, Which Might be the Mona Lisa’s Senior by Ten Years

    Our Adorable Past

    The lady is familiar, but not the facial expression. For years art historians have pondered the origins of the Isleworth Mona Lisa. Is it a copy, painted shortly after da Vinci finished his mysterious masterpiece, or an early draft of the famous portrait, painted ten years previously? The debate begins anew, with the unveiling of the painting to the public eye for the first time in forty years.

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  5. World Still Safe from Zombie Mona Lisa [They Dug Up the Wrong Body]

    Our Adorable Past

    Attention, art history fans: Mona Lisa's skeleton has not been found. Or, rather, the skeleton recently exhumed by art historian/researcher Silvano Vinceti, thought to have belonged to Mona Lisa model Lisa del Giocondo, in fact belonged to a different long-term resident of the Ursuline convent that is supposedly the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci's muse.

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  6. World's Most Complicated Connect-the-Dots Image

    Artist Thomas Pavitt has set the unofficial record for the world's most complicated connect-the-dots drawing -- an image of the Mona Lisa -- clocking in at 6,239 dots. Before starting on his project, Pavitt searched the Internet to find any references to the connect-the-dots record, but after he didn't turn up any results, decided to set the record himself (for all he knows).

    Every 400 dots, Pavitt changed their color so he could keep track of his progress, finally completing connecting the dots after nine hours and fifteen minutes. Head on past the break to see some more pictures of the work -- including a fully-connected image -- as well as a video.

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  7. The Mona Lisa without the Mona Lisa

    I hope this starts a trend: Artist Mike Ruiz ran the Mona Lisa through Adobe Photoshop CS5's mindbending content-aware fill tool, which generated its best guess as to what the space behind Mona held. He then sent the resulting image to a Chinese oil painting manufacturer to lay to canvas. This is the result. Art historians will no doubt be interested to learn that there were apparently a lot of shrubberies in the background. See also: Andy Baio's viral video backgrounds. (via Gizmodo | Artist's page)

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  8. The Da Vinci Code Is Real. Maybe. Not Really.

    In an attempt to further convince people that Dan Brown does not write fiction, an Italian researcher has claimed to have found secret codes in the eyes of the Mona Lisa. There's a joke about "Mona Lisa Eyes" in there someplace. Maybe etched into "Waterlilies." According to Silvano Vinceti, there are several letters and numbers etched into both eyes of the Mona Lisa that may or may not reveal either A) a secret code or B) the identity of the woman who sat for the iconic painting.

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