Boy bites dog
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 25 (UPI) -- A young Brazilian boy being attacked by a pit bull bit the dog in self-defense, causing the canine to flee, the boy's grandmother said.
Eleven-year-old Gabriel da Silva was playing in his family's garden when the animal, a family pet, attacked him. However, da Silva fought back by biting the dog, O Globo reported.
The boy reportedly only suffered minor injuries, said police.
Woman has Mona Lisa mowed into her lawn
LONDON, July 25 (UPI) -- A British art-lover said she hired a 3D art expert to create an all-grass reproduction of the Mona Lisa on her home's lawn.
Tania Ledger, 48, of London, called on expert Chris Naylor, who recreated the Mona Lisa for the film "The Da Vinci Code," to complete a similar work of lawn art, The Telegraph reported.
Naylor said he spent two days chopping and snipping away at Ledger's lawn with garden tools and a lawn mower to create the grass image of the Mona Lisa.
Ledger said she doesn't mind that the masterpiece will grow out over time.
"It's like a haircut -- if you don't like it you can grow it out and you can try out as many new looks as you like," she told the newspaper.
Pair bring Shakespeare to subway
NEW YORK, July 25 (UPI) -- A pair of University of Southern California students said they are spending their summer performing a scene from "Romeo and Juliet" on a New York subway train.
Drama students Peter Vack, 21, and Troian Bellisario, 22, said they board the No. 1 train outside of Vack's apartment on the Upper West Side of the city and ride the rail performing the famous balcony scene from William Shakespeare's masterpiece, the New York Post reported.
Vack said the subway train makes the perfect performance location because "you have a different captive audience every 30 seconds."
"We try to figure out what factors affect tips," Vack said, "but it's really random. Sometimes we've had cars burst into applause, but give you no money. Sometimes you'll get $10 on a silent car."
Tom Crouse, an acting teacher at New York's Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, said he caught a performance while riding the train to the West Village with visiting relatives.
"Shakespeare would love this," Crouse speculated. "He created for the masses."
Elderly couple angered by mysterious noise
GREEN BAY, Wis., July 25 (UPI) -- An elderly Wisconsin couple said they feel like everyone thinks they are crazy because no one but them hears a persistent low rumbling in their home.
Bob Ehrfurth, 75, and his wife Leona, 76, said they are fed up with annoying, motor-like sounds and vibrations that rumble through their home, keeping them awake at all hours of the night.
The couple said they have no idea where the sound is coming from and have a hard time getting other people to hear it because it frequently stops, the Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette reported.
"It's like there's a semi parked right outside with the engine running, but when you look out, there isn't one," Leona Ehrfurth said.
The couple said city authorities, members of the media and acoustic experts have heard nothing when observing the home.