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This week's date: July 22

The Little Mermaid loses a limb in a bit of ‘armless fun


The dainty little miss has always looked so 'armless (Photo: Colourbox)

July 22, 2014
07:00

by Jessica Wells


Whilst time does not seem to age the 101-year-old Little Mermaid perched in the waters of Langelinie, vandalism does.

For over 50 years following her unveiling in 1913, she remained untouched, but since the mid-1960s a string of vandalism has begun.

The iconic statue has had her head and arm removed, been covered in paint, dressed up and had a dildo stuck to her head.

On this date in 1984, the Little Mermaid fell victim to her second instance of vandalism: a drunken prank.

During the night of the 22nd, two men decided to saw off the arm of the Little Mermaid with a hacksaw.

The arm which was sawn off in two places was returned to a police station two days later by the hungover men, where they were charged with vandalising public property.

The 24-hour speculation of ‘whodunit’ and the gap between the Mermaid’s shoulder and her hand, which is attached to her body, brought thousands more tourists and locals to the busy promenade. 



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