Is Nessie Out There? Keep Your Eye on This Loch Ness Livestream to Find Out

Wouldn't you love to go down in history as the person who proved the existence of the Loch Ness Monster?
Wouldn't you love to go down in history as the person who proved the existence of the Loch Ness Monster?
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Thanks to Nessie On the Net, a website devoted to researching—and spotting—the Loch Ness Monster, you can now keep one eye on the lake from anywhere at any time.

The 24-hour livestream is broadcast from a hilltop property in the Scottish Highlands that offers an idyllic view of a sheep’s pasture (featuring a couple sheep themselves, if you’re lucky) with Loch Ness beyond it. Given the placidity of the water, it wouldn’t be hard to notice a massive sea creature breaking through the surface.

The first sighting of Nessie dates back to the 6th century, when Saint Columba is said to have saved a man from an aquatic beast by commanding that it return to the depths of Loch Ness. The legend of such a monster continued to crop up intermittently throughout the following centuries, gaining fame in 1933 after the Inverness Courier reported two locals had seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.”

The next year, the London Daily Mail published a grainy photograph of a long-necked creature taken by physician R. Kenneth Wilson—causing people to nickname the evidence “the surgeon’s photograph”—which greatly expanded Nessie’s notoriety. The photo was proven fake in the 1990s, but that hasn’t stopped people from believing in the existence of some type of animal in the lake. Theorists have suggested that Nessie is actually a sturgeon, a giant eel, or even an elephant.

Even if you don’t catch a glimpse of a mysterious beast, the livestream makes for a nice, calming addition to your computer screen—here are seven other livestreams worth checking out, too.

[h/t Nessie On the Net]

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New Online Art Exhibition Needs the Public’s Help to Track Down Lost Masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, and More

Vincent van Gogh's original Portrait of Dr. Gachet wasn't stolen, but it hasn't been seen in 30 years.
Vincent van Gogh's original Portrait of Dr. Gachet wasn't stolen, but it hasn't been seen in 30 years.
Vincent van Gogh, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

If you wanted to compare both versions of Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet in person, you couldn’t. While the second one currently hangs in Paris’s Musée d'Orsay, the public hasn’t seen the original painting since 1990. In fact, nobody’s really sure where it is—after its owner Ryoei Saito died in 1996, the precious item passed from private collector to private collector, but the identity of its current owner is shrouded in mystery.

As Smithsonian Magazine reports, Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890) is one of a dozen paintings in “Missing Masterpieces,” a digital exhibit of some of the world’s most famous lost artworks. It’s not the only Van Gogh in the collection. His 1884 painting The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring was snatched from the Netherlands’ Singer Laren museum earlier this year; and his 1888 painting The Painter on His Way to Work has been missing since World War II. Other works include View of Auvers-sur-Oise by Paul Cézanne, William Blake’s Last Judgement, and two bridge paintings by Claude Monet.

Paul Cézanne's View of Auvers-sur-Oise was stolen from the University of Oxford's art museum on New Year's Eve in 1999.Ashmolean Museum, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

The new online exhibit is a collaboration between Samsung and art crime expert Noah Charney, who founded The Association for Research into Crimes Against Art. It isn’t just a page where art enthusiasts can explore the stories behind the missing works—it’s also a way to encourage people to come forward with information that could lead to the recovery of the works themselves.

“From contradictory media reports to speculation in Reddit feeds—the clues are out there, but the volume of information can be overwhelming,” Charney said in a press release. “This is where technology and social media can help by bringing people together to assist the search. It’s not unheard of for an innocuous tip posted online to be the key that unlocks a case.”

The exhibition will be online through February 10, 2021, and citizen sleuths can email their tips to missingmasterpieces@artcrimeresearch.org.

[h/t Smithsonian Magazine]