August 21, 1911

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY in 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre. Vincenzo “Vinnie” Peruggia was caught two years later in 1913 as he tried to sell the painting to an Italian Art Gallery. When he was questioned why he stole the Mona Lisa and kept it hidden for two years, he said that the ghost of Leonardo da Vinci was haunting him and convinced him to steal the painting for the good of all Italians everywhere, but when he did, all da Vinci’s ghost did was glide into the painting and make out with the ghost of Mona Lisa. Vinnie said that two years of having to put up with those two ghosts having loud and bad sex that apparently only he could see and hear was more than he could stand, so he decided to sell the painting and try to restart his life. He also said it was worth it to go to jail just so he wouldn’t ever have to listen to Mona Lisa’s fake moans ever again.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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