In case you live near a famous landmark with an ever-growing number of love locks attached, you might be interested in the history.
I first saw these years ago in Paris on one of the bridges across the Seine. Then at home, realized they were a growing part of an old pier on the Mississippi River. Because the Grand Canyon is a favorite spot, with potentially harmful effects on the giant condors and other wildlife, the park rangers keep them trimmed.
So read on for the history of the now-ubiquitous love lock.