Student Breaks 19th-Century Statue While Taking Selfie
He jumped on its lap and it ceased having a lap
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 20, 2014 1:40 PM CDT
A cast of a similar statue is seen in Milan in this file photo.   (Wikimedia)

(Newser) – You have to admire an intrepid photographer going the extra mile for the perfect shot. Unless, of course, that intrepid photographer is a teenager taking a selfie and he breaks a centuries-old statue in the process. That's what happened in Milan this week when, according to witnesses, a foreign student jumped into the lap of a statue at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, only to have the leg break under him, the Local reports.

The "Drunken Satyr" statue was only a replica of an ancient Greek original, but it still dates back to the 19th century. "We think this is an accident," said the museum's director, according to RT, which nonetheless describes the museum as "indignant." There was no CCTV footage of the incident, making it unlikely the perpetrator will be caught—unless, of course, he posts that selfie.

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Chuck Roast
Mar 22, 2014 4:17 AM CDT
A perfect example of today's digital morons....If they aren't looking at their cell phones while walking into a light pole or texting while driving on the highway and crashing into something , now breaking a priceless piece of art...OMG - WTF! When will jamming devices be installed to control the digital brainless ?
Mar 20, 2014 7:59 PM CDT
I was at the Grand Canyon four years ago. Our bus driver told us, "Don't go beyond the rope barriers. You will fall and you will die." Later, I saw a teenage girl standing beyond the rope barriers taking a picture on one foot, smiling, acting like she was falling. She didn't. But ever since I wonder, what's with this "I'm invincible, I can do anything I wanna" business?
Mar 20, 2014 7:57 PM CDT
Well, the drunken satyr just couldn't walk straight and fell down----that's what he gets for drinking! That pose looks okay for a drunkard.