Are you a tourist visiting France today? We hope you weren't planning a panoramic selfie atop La Tour Eiffel. The famed Eiffel Tower shut down today due to worker strikes, leaving the iconic site - normally open 365 days a year - closed.
We have a feeling the tower will open up again soon and, when it does, visitors can take solace in the fact they stand on ground that has hosted many records, including: the most stairs climbed on a unicycle (670 stairs), most stairs climbed on a bicycle (1,374, since broken) and the highest inline skate drop into a halfpipe (12.5 meters/41 feet).
One tourist attraction not hurting is The British Museum. It boasted 1.7 million visitors since the beginning of April, with a 42% increase on visitors from May 2012 and the highest on record for the storied attraction. One of the most hallowed museums in the world, the 260-year-old British Museum is actually not the oldest museum in existence. That distinction belongs to its city-mate, the Royal Armouries Museum in the Tower of London, having opened its doors in 1660.
LeBron James gave a wide-ranging interview to CNN (below) after winning his second career NBA title. Interestingly, he said that if his Miami Heat had not won the championship, he may not have proceeded with his planned wedding this summer. Luckily for his fiancé, James and his record highest scoring average in NBA playoff Game 7s (34.5 ppg) came through.
Lastly, many American woke up Tuesday morning, slogged off to work, jumped in line at Starbucks and found something a little bit off: the mega coffee chain had raised its prices. An average 1% price hike affected coffee, tea, latte and espresso drinks, which Starbucks said was partially implemented to offset the cost of raw materials. Good thing they're not brewing anything close to the largest cup of coffee, which at 13,200 liters by De'Longhi (Italy) in 2012, would've seen prices skyrocket.