Big Deals

Mayawati is a 5-foot tall chief minister of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. She had a 12 foot bronze statue of herself replaced with a larger one because it was 3 feet shorter than nearby statues of other leaders. She didn't want to get short changed, okay? But! The cost of two statues? $950,000. As CBS News reports, that's "no small fee in a region of India notorious for its bad roads, spotty electricity and endemic poverty." Still, Mayawati is a heroine to dalits, "the so-called untouchables" on the bottom of the caste system, who have faced centuries of often violent discrimination. So she'd better be represented properly! [CBS News]