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Peru to Yale: Eff You Very Machu

12/8/2008 6:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

When celebs sue or get sued, it can get interesting. When an entire country (Peru) sues an Ivy League university (Yale), it's truly awesome.

In this case, Peru wants Yale to hand over a trove of Incan treasures it claims were looted by one Hiram Bingham (Yale prof and archaeologist) when he basically plundered Machu Picchu and Cusco from 1911 to 1916. The entire country of Peru is now suing -- and we're not kidding -- as the lawsuit, filed in Washington D.C., lists "The Republic of Peru" as the plaintiff. Peru is accusing Yale of being in cahoots with the National Geographic Society and Bingham.

Unclear if Peru will go all OJ on Yale and force the return of the artifacts at gunpoint. Yale hasn't commented.

You're welcome: Now here's some more about Paris.

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Academic Hack    

Good for Peru!!!!!!!!!!!

2147 days ago
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Fubunki PunkChat    

It's about time the entire Republic got on board!

2147 days ago
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Buster    

Have them give Geronimo's skull back while they are at it.

2147 days ago
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DS    

Apparently they also requested these artifacts back a long time ago...and they were missing about 250 pieces that are still on display.

Also of note: Bingham was both the Governor and a Senator of Connecticut...and was also pretty much the real-life Indiana Jones.

2147 days ago
5.

e    

I can't believe someone stole something and got away with it for so long. Those artifacts don't belong to Yale. They need to give them back.

2147 days ago
6.

all lubed up    

don't they know that is how America was built....by pilfering things that don't belong to us? Still going on!

2147 days ago
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Texas Jim    

I want the flag that Mexico took from the Alamo.

2147 days ago
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Jason    

Give the Peruvians a carrito sanguchero, they will be happy and excited about it. Now that Laura Bozzo is off the TV it must be really be hard to get them.

2147 days ago
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anthony    

GIVE THE INCA TREASURES BACK TO THE COUNTRY........ this is more then the WW's paintings and treasures, these artifacts need to be returned to the country.

2147 days ago
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K26    

Funny dude talking about el carrito sanguchero... go to Peru and show me one.. cuz i live there 26 years..and never saw one.. and Laura Bozzo..her show.. is a lie thats why they didnt shot it in Peru.. they shot it in Miami..
peace!

2147 days ago
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codestud3    

have you ever heard of "The US vs. ))))))))))) governments can sue all the time...

2147 days ago
12.

hihoe    

I think yale needs to do what is right, and that is return the loot back to it's rightful owners, imagine if some country would have stolen from the us like archaelogically, but there is nothing to steal though, but still, cmon man just give them back their shhit
i can see how the poor jews felt when they got robbed by the nazis it dont feel good so do what is right

2147 days ago
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Aussie Suck Rou Nuts    

Jim Hary, Mexico said you can have the flag. They want Califronia, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas back.

2147 days ago
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Mar    

Comment #7 have u been to peru ?? Laura is a fake and like number 8 said no one belives in Laura in Peru she isnt even famous ! Yale give back peru what belongs to them!

2146 days ago
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mike    

You must know about Geronimo's skull from the SKULL AND BONES. There wussies, compared to the Illuminati, or the 9 unknown men. While your at it give back the other aritfacts to, You, SKULLS, BONESMEN, know the ones I'm talking about.

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