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The first to fly: The true story of two eccentric 18th century inventors

The story of the first humans to fly involves two eccentric French brothers, lots of taffeta, a race against the French Academy of Science, King Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, Benjamin Franklin, a scheming scientist…  …

Paris chainsaw thief hacks off Sun King elephant tusk

A man broke into the Paris natural history museum early Saturday and used a chainsaw to hack off the tusk of an elephant that belonged to King Louis XIV of France, officials said. Police arrested the man in a nearby street as he was making his escape and recovered the…