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Lisa Gheradini/ Giacondo's bones found? (Mona Lisa?)

Of the many mysteries surrounding and embedded inside the Mona Lisa her idenity is quite possibly the most enduring and controversial. Most art historians will tell you that the sitter is "Lisa Gheradini or Lisa Giacondo the wife of a wealthy silk merchant." Italian researchers have decided to finally try and answer the question: Was the "Mona Lisa" really Lisa G? They intend to reconstruct her skull to see if her face is the same face in the Mona Lisa. But why? Why does it matter and why can't we agree on who the woman in the painting really was? This all started around 500 years ago when -"Leonardo undertook to execute, for Francesco del Giocondo, the portrait of Mona Lisa, his wife; and after toiling over it for four years, he left it unfinished; and the work is now in the collection of King Fraces of France, at Fontainebleau.” – Vasari

This wasn't written until after Leonardo had already died. Before this the painting didn't have an "off…

Mystery of the Fairy Circles in Africa

These (very) strange circles have been forming in Africa for years and no one can figure out why. Theories range from termites, to earth gas, and crazy grass that sucks the nutrients out of the soil. 

It kinda reminds me of something similar in Peru: "Mystery of the Holes" (pic above) which I have blogged about before.  Although the ones in Africa are very less like "holes" and more like bare circles. They also seem to be natural where as the one's in Peru appear to be "man made."
My first thought was that some type of insect was forming them - bacteria maybe? Since they have been studying them for so long it rules out something as obvious as insects though.. hmmmm! 
If they are all forming in the same type of vegetation I would go with the plants being the culprits.  
Why do they form where they form? They seem to have a kind of even spacing. Why do some last longer than others - what makes them fill back in? Why don't things like this form in ot…

Largest Crocodile Ever in Captivity

This is one very big Crock! I'm surprised they were able to catch it alive. That's almost as impressive as Lolong himself!

It reminds me of the Crock from "Lake Placid"

A seven metre-long crocodile has been confirmed as the largest in captivity.
"Lolong weighs more than a ton, and has taken the top spot from an Australian crocodile which measured more than five metres, a Guinness World Records spokesman said.
The giant reptile has been blamed for a number of deadly attacks in a remote area in the southern Philippines and was eventually caught in the remote town of Bunawan.
It has become the star attraction of a new ecotourism park and research centre on the outskirts of the town and has drawn thousands of tourists since news of its capture spread. Bunawan has earned £45,000 from the modest entrance fees at the park, with most of the money being used to feed and care for the crocodile."