Magazine article Insight on the News

Genuinely Fake Gladiators and Roadkill as Art. (for the People)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Genuinely Fake Gladiators and Roadkill as Art. (for the People)

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Here are some recent news reports you may have missed. Each caught for the people's eye, for reasons you may guess. All come from the Associated Press and seemed somehow significant, though this reporter would be very hard pressed to say just why.

* Anyone who wants to dress like a gladiator and stand outside the Colosseum in Rome will by the end of the year have to have a license. Currently, enterprising young men who don sword and the outfit of the ancient Roman warriors get from $2 to $5, and sometimes twice that, from tourists eager to pose with them for a photograph on the spot where the ancient gladiator games took place.

After the new year, the pretend gladiators will have to take an English-proficiency test. If they pass, they'll be awarded an official centurion license badge to show they legally are genuine fakes.

* In Gobles, Mich., photographer Townsend Artman, assuredly a great name for an artist, specializes in making fine pictures--of roadkill. …

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