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13 Expensive Things That Were Once Stolen (Some Made Us Wonder Why?)

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The Mona Lisa, Nutella, the Empire State Building, and inflatable gorillas. All of these things have something peculiar in common: they are all pretty expensive and all of them were stolen at one point or another. You might ask yourself how these heavily secured objects could be stolen or why anyone would want to steal an inflatable gorilla. Well, some criminals are very determined, and others like to choose unconventional paths. So nothing can stop them from getting what they want. Even if they want a whole room!

Bright Side has compiled a list of expensive, and sometimes weird, items that give us a glimpse of what thieves like to steal. There’s also a bonus story at the end of the article about a man who was rewarded for an attempted theft!

13. Inflatable gorilla, $6,000

A 30-foot-tall inflatable gorilla was stolen from an auto dealership in Simi Valley, California in 2010. It was later found at a local high school. Apparently, it’s pretty common to steal inflatable apes. One was stolen from a mall near Seattle, Washington, another from a car dealership in Alberta, and one more from a gym in New Zealand!

12. Nutella, $20,000

About 11,000 pounds of Nutella were stolen in Niederaula, Germany in 2013. It’s not that hard, though, to understand the motive of the thieves — eating so much of this delicious spread is something we occasionally wish we could do! What is more, The Atlantic suggests that there’s even a secret Nutella black market.

11. Hair extensions, $30,000

Although pretty weird, hair theft is actually pretty common. There was one time someone stole $30,000 worth of hair extensions from a beauty salon. On another occasion, someone stole $8,000 worth of hair.

10. Cheese

If you think you can only encounter pirates at sea, you are terribly wrong. There are also so-called ’’cheese pirates’’! They once stole $46,000 worth of cheese, and it wasn`t the first time someone stole cheese in that area.

9. Rocket engine, $200,000

In 2012, NASA confiscated a stolen Saturn RL-10 rocket engine when it was being auctioned off. The seller claimed he’d bought it from someone else, and that person claimed that a NASA employee had sold it to him. Someone even tried to sell this same or a very similar rocket engine on eBay in 2010.

8. Dinosaur bones, over $1 million

Eric Prokopi, a paleontologist, stole dinosaur fossils from Mongolia and smuggled them to the US. He was arrested, spent 3 months in jail, and has since been helping authorities investigate the black market for fossils.

7. Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, $2 to $3 million

The iconic shoes from The Wizard of Oz were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota in 2005. The thieves tried to extort money for their return, but in 2018 the FBI safely recovered them and identified the suspects.

6. The Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius, $3.5 million

This rare Stradivarius violin was stolen in 1980. It was taken from the New York City apartment of famous violinist Erica Morini, who was 91 at that time and passed away shortly after the theft. The FBI didn’t recover it until 35 years later.

5. Maple syrup, $20 million

720,000 gallons of maple syrup were stolen in Quebec, Canada in 2012. 16,000 45-gallon barrels were part of a reserve to ensure there was enough supply during low-production years. The thieves drained the barrels of their contents and stole the syrup. Luckily, it was later found in another facility, although its owners claimed it had been bought legally.

4. The Saliera, $57 million

This gold table sculpture was stolen from Vienna’s Art History Museum in 2003. The thieves climbed the scaffolding outside the museum, broke a window, and stole the sculpture, evading the motion detectors. It was reacquired a few years later when the thieves tried to demand a ransom from the museum`s insurance company and were caught.

3. The Amber Room, $142 million

Some people`s greed knows no bounds, and the next item on our list is a perfect illustration of that. The Amber Room was designed in Prussia by a German sculptor and constructed by a Dutch craftsman. It was later given as a gift to Russia and moved to the Winter House in St. Petersburg first, and then to the Catherine Palace in Pushkin. During World War II, the Nazis came and looted the room and later shipped it to Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia). In 1944 it was destroyed in a bombing raid.

2. The Empire State Building, $2 billion

The Empire State Building wasn`t physically stolen, but the property was. The Daily News wanted to show a loophole in the way the city`s system records transactions. They filed fake paperwork to transfer the deed of the property, and, in doing so, “stole” the building in just 90 minutes!

1. The Mona Lisa, $2 billion

This famous Leonardo da Vinci painting was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. The thief had worked there as a handyman for some time. He hid in a closet and, when the museum closed for the night, stole the painting. When the museum opened the next morning, he simply walked out with the painting under his smock. It was found only 2 years later when the criminal tried to sell it to an art dealer.

Bonus: Lucky scoundrel!

In the 17th century, a man named Colonel Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels but was arrested. He refused to talk to anyone except the King himself, since he knew the King had an affinity for audacious people and he wanted to charm him. King Charles was indeed amused, and even pardoned Colonel Blood and gave him Irish land that was worth £500 a year!

What do you think about these bold endeavors? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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20 Texts That Prove a Relationship Is Not an Easy Game

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Chats make our relationships more exciting and unpredictable! 25% of couples sometimes even text their partner when they are both home together. It’s very difficult to say goodbye to text messaging because so many funny and amusing things go on there!

We at Bright Side also love to laugh at digital chatting situations between couples and want to share with you a new genre of humor.

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Do you also have chats like this with your partner? Please, share your stories below!

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Marvel Phase 4: Black Widow, Doctor Strange 2, Thor 4 schedule revealed

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For the first time in years we finally have an idea of what Marvel Studios has planned for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The studio revealed its upcoming schedule during its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday night, announcing at least 10 projects to expect over the next two years. The biggest revelations include the news that Natalie Portman will wield Thor’s hammer; Mahershala Ali will star in a new Blade project; and a confirmation from Marvel that it’s working on movies featuring some of the studio’s recently acquired characters.

Marvel’s business plan and marketing strategy has long been to hype what’s next, with much of that hype being driven by its signature post-credits scenes and panels at fan conventions like Comic-Con or Disney’s D23. And for awhile, it was customary for the studio to announce its release schedule several years early — in 2015 Marvel announced movies like 2018’s Black Panther and 2019’s Captain Marvel.

But even the studio’s two most-recent films — April’s colossal cinematic juggernaut known as Avengers: Endgame and this month’s Spider-Man: Far From Home — arrived in theaters, Marvel still hadn’t revealed what movies it’s launching in 2020, or if it plans to launch any at all. Meanwhile, the studio had kept relatively quiet save for a few casting and crew announcements (like we found out this week that Taika Waititi would be directing the fourth Thor movie).

Here’s what Marvel announced during its Comic-Con panel:

  • Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson and Rachel Weisz and directed by Cate Shortland, arriving in theaters on May 1, 2020
  • The Eternals, starring Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek and directed by Chloe Zhao, arriving in theaters on November 6, 2020
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, arriving in theaters on February 12, 2021. Shang Chi will be Marvel’s first film with a lead character of Asian descent.
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen (yes, Scarlet Witch) and directed by Scott Derrickson, arriving in theaters on May 7, 2021
  • Thor: Love and Thunder, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Natalie Portman (who will wield the legendary hammer as the first female Thor), Tessa Thompson, and Chris Hemsworth, arriving in theaters on November 5, 2021

Marvel studios president Kevin Feige also confirmed upcoming movies involving the Fantastic Four and the X-Men’s mutants — characters who were previously owned by Fox, but which now fall under Marvel’s purview thanks to the recent Disney-Fox merger. He also confirmed that the sequels for Black Panther and Captain Marvel, are in development. Black Panther is Marvel’s biggest solo superhero movie to date, having made $1.3 billion worldwide, and Captain Marvel, its first solo superhero film to center on a female hero, also passed the $1 billion mark.

Vying for the biggest surprise of the evening was Feige bringing Mahershala Ali to the Comic-Con stage to announce a new Blade project. Ali previously appeared as the villain in Marvel’s Netflix series Luke Cage, so the new Blade film project possibly signals that Marvel’s television projects with Netflix and its cinematic universe are completely separate entities.

Marvel also revealed its television series lineup for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service Disney+, which is scheduled to launch in November:

  • The Falcon & Winter Soldier in fall 2020
  • WandaVision in spring 2021
  • Loki in spring 2021
  • WHAT IF …? — an animated series featuring characters from the MCU in summer 2021
  • Hawkeye in fall 2021

For fans who can’t wait until 2020 for Marvel’s next best thing, rest assured. The studio will probably have more surprises to share next month — and perhaps even first-look footage or concept art from its upcoming projects— at Disney’s D23 convention, which will take place from August 23 to 25, 2019 in Anaheim.

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23 Moving Photos That Prove Our Moms Deserve All the Love in the World

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From creating cosplay costumes for us and making lunches for all of our friends to giving us everything they’ve got, mothers never fail to surprise us! Their imagination and wit have no limits, as they always know how to find a solution to any situation, even if their resources are limited and time is short. No matter how old we get, we’ll always stay kids in our mothers’ eyes and they’ll always rush to help us, even if we’re 30 years old.

Bright Side wants to admire our moms, which why we’re so happy to give you 23 photos where people captured moments of being emotional, clever, brave and strong.

1. After giving birth, a mother laughs hysterically at her husband who just fainted at the sight of their newborn son.

2. “Little me knew exactly how to show appreciation for my mother.”

3. Proud mom with her graduated son

4. “My mom gave me a kidney 2 years ago. All I can give her are flowers.”

5. This clever single mother dressed up as a dad to take her kid to “Donuts With Dad” day at school.

6. She has 3 daughters and she writes 5 lines a day to each of them. These will be gifts when they get married one day.

7. This mom poses as a power ranger with her son. You don’t need to be a child to know how to have fun!

8. A homeless mother is dressing her daughter for school.

9. “My friend’s mom made my turtles sweaters.”

10. “A coworker said her mom made lunch for the office. We accepted.”

11. The best cosplay is when your mom decides to participate in it too.

12. “I told my mom I was really sick today. An hour later she showed up at my house with this. I’m 30.”

13. “I’m a teacher in Canada and my mom made me this scarf to keep me warm.”

14. A daughter surprised her mother with an early return from deployment. Her mother’s emotions are priceless.

15. “Yesterday my mom ran for the first time in 9 months since the Boston Marathon bombings. She’s my inspiration!”

16. “Jokingly, I sent my mom a cutout of myself while I was studying abroad. She seems to be entertaining herself with it.”

17. “This is one of my favorite pics of my mom even though she isn’t in focus. Hope you guys enjoy it.”

18. “My mom smiling after saving 40 kids from a burning school bus today”

19. “Look at this giant blanket my mom crocheted!”

20. “This is how my mom greeted me at the airport after having not seen me for a few years. She made me walk through the entire airport under her left arm.”

21. “My mom and I have always bonded over GoT. This year she made me these cakes for my 30th ’name day’.”

22. “My father passed away from lung cancer in July. Mom had these gifts made for me and my brother. The best gift I’ve ever received.”

“This is a shirt I used to wear, and when you hold it I’ll be there. Love, Dad.”

23. “My mom graduating with her Ph.D. in social work from Tulane. Her goal was to graduate by 60 and she did it with a year to spare.”

BONUS: Moms are always the same, loving and caring for everyone.

Which photo did you like the most? Do you have an adorable photo of you with your mom? Let’s share them in the comment section!

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