What is art? For Italian artist Salvatore Garau, it's ... nothing. The 67-year-old sculptor recently sold his "immaterial" sculpture, "I am," for $18,300, Newsweek reported. Garau says his work is a "vacuum." "The vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and there is nothing left, according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, that 'nothing' has a weight," Garau explained. The buyer got a certificate of ownership. The artist demands that the work be displayed in a private home free of any obstruction, in a 5-by-5-foot area, but he has no requirements for lighting or climate control.
A victim of technology
William Amos, 46, a member of the Canadian House of Commons, can't seem to get a handle on the technology he uses for virtual meetings. In April, Amos appeared naked on camera during a House of Commons proceeding, explaining later that he was changing in his office after going for a run and was sure that he had disabled his camera.
On May 26, Amos had to apologize again, this time for urinating "without realizing I was on camera." "I am deeply embarrassed by my actions and the distress they may have caused anybody who witnessed them," he wrote on Twitter, according to the National Post.
His statement also said he would "seek assistance," although it was unclear if he meant technical assistance or some other type.
His excuse is all wet
In mid-May, an Indian engineer with the Sardar Sarovar Punarvasvat Agency in Gujarat was asked to explain why he hadn't been coming in to work, the Deccan Chronicle reported. Rameshchandra Fefar, who is in his late 50s, replied that as the 10th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, he is very busy doing "penance" and, "I can't do such penance sitting in office." He claims that his ongoing penance is the reason that India has had good rainfall for 19 years.
A low-tech solution
During the COVID-19 pandemic, grounded planes often were parked in deserts — ideal conditions for storing them. But aircraft maintenance crews also discovered unwanted guests: rattlesnakes. So Australian airline Qantas added an item to its engineering kit: a "wheel whacker," otherwise known as a broom handle.
Before crews begin their landing gear inspections, they circle the plane, stomping their feet and whacking the wheels to scare off sleepy snakes, said engineering manager Tim Heywood.
The "feisty rattlers love to curl up around the warm rubber tires and in the aircraft wheels and brakes," he said, according to CNN. "We've encountered a few rattlesnakes and also some scorpions, but the wheel whacker does its job, and they scuttle off."
A body of evidence
Among the charges levied against Jose Aramburo Molina Jr. in Phoenix on June 2 was "improper removal of a dead person," azfamily.com reported. When Molina allegedly stole a parked, running van from outside a funeral home, there were two bodies in the back. When arrested, he also had several illegal drugs.
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