And also... A drop in the ocean; spending a penny; devil in the detail and more

Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond, which may not have reached the international…

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And also... A drop in the ocean; spending a penny; devil in the detail and more

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Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond, which may not have reached the international headlines.

Spain: finding a drop in the ocean

What are the chances of finding a wedding ring in the Mediterranean Sea? Higher than you might think…

In 1979, Spaniards Agustin Aliaga and Juani Sanchez lost their wedding ring while swimming near the Spanish resort of Benidorm. That was five months into married life.

Incredibly, some 37 years later, diver Jessica Nisos found the missing wedding band in the same area in which it was lost, all those years ago.

“I found a wedding ring (while) diving off the coast of Benidorm,” she posted along with a picture on Facebook. “I wish I could give it back to the owner. It has been lost for a long, long time, because it was covered in sediment.”

She then added the date inscribed on the ring and asked people to share the post. Over 80,000 people complied.

Aliaga’s niece put her aunt and uncle in contact with Nisos after seeing the post and the ring was, finally, reunited with its owners.

Happily ever after!


Galapagos Islands: saving a species, one tortoise at a time

Some 50 years ago, Diego the giant tortoise was transported from San Diego Zoo to the Galapagos Islands, in the hope that he would breed.

The 13-stone shell-dweller lived up to and perhaps even exceeded expectations, according to Washington Tapia, a tortoise preservation specialist at Galapagos National Park.

“He’s a very sexually-active male reproducer,” he said. “ We did a genetic study and we discovered that he was the father of nearly 40 percent of the offspring released into the wild on Espanola.”

That’s around 800 offspring.

Diego, who is more than a hundred years old, is credited with saving his species. He now resides in an enclosure with six females at a tortoise-breeding centre on Santa Cruz island.


USA: spend a penny on a golden throne

New York’s Guggenheim Museum has a shiny new installation: a solid gold, 18-carat toilet.

Members of the public can use the fully-functional lavatory if they pay the regular admission price to the museum, which is 15 USD for adults (just over 13 euros).

The throne was designed and created by Italian sculptor Marizio Cattelan. He’s called it ‘America.’

The 55-year-old Milan-based artist has hinted that the piece was inspired by economic inequality.

Described by the Fifth Avenue museum as “a bold, irreverent work,” ‘America’ has replaced one of the porcelain lavatories in a one-person, unisex restroom.


Norway: the devil is in the detail

Black metal music, a type of heavy metal dealing with the devil and the supernatural, does not usually go hand-in-hand with politics.

But for Fenriz, an extreme music legend from Norway, this is exactly what has happened. He has been elected to the town council ‘against his will,’ he says.

His band Darkthrone was getting ready to release a new album, Arctic Thunder, when the rocker agreed to be put on a ‘back-up list’ of potential candidates for Kolbotn, a local council in the Oslo suburbs.

Then he was unexpectedly elected…

“They called and asked me if I wanted to be on the list. I said yeah, thinking I would be like 18th on the list and I wouldn’t really have to do anything,” he explained.

Fenriz posted a jokey ‘anti-campaign’ photo of himself with his cat, asking people not to vote for him. But no such luck. He’ll now be required to serve for four years as Councillor Gylve Fenriz Nagell before he is able to step down.


Australia: a sleepover, Sydney style

The Sydney Opera House has lodged a development application asking for permission to host guests overnight.

If approved, the plan will see five guests offered up to two nights’ accommodation, five times per year. Sydneysiders have also been asked what they think about the idea of offering 100 guests two nights’ accommodation once per year.

To put the proposal into action, a number of rooms and spaces currently occupied by offices or foyers would be temporarily converted.


UK: cats commandeer Clapham ad boards

Commuters at Clapham Common found all the billboards at the Tube station featured cats. The London hub put 68 cat pictures on display, in place of food delivery, weight loss, dating site adverts and others.

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) was the brainchild of Glimpse, a new collective which aims to ‘use creativity for good.’

‘We tried to imagine a world where public spaces made you feel good,” Glimpse founder James Turner explained.

What’s more, the campaign raised money and increased awareness for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Cats Protection.

More than 23,500 euros was collected to replace the regular adverts with photos of stray dogs and cats from the two organisations.