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(Mirror.co.uk)   Trying to be cool: Taking a selfie on the knee of a priceless Greco-Roman statue at an Italian art museum. Even more priceless? Shattering the leg on said statue   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 68
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2014-03-19 07:05:23 PM  

spacemanjones: MBooda: unavailable for comment:

also (really) unavailable for comment:

/ah, the 60s, when no Greco-Roman statue was safe

What's the story behind the first pic?


On May 21, 1972 (mea culpa #1, not the 60s), a Hungarian-born Australian (after all, Hungary and Australia share a border) named Laszlo Toth entered St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, loudly proclaimed himself to be the risen Christ, and proceeded to assault Michelangelo's  Pietà (mea culpa #2, Renaissance, not Greco-Roman) with a geologist's hammer. The damage he caused was repaired after a great deal of effort. He was not charged with any crime, deported back to Australia, and resided in a nursing home there until he died a year and a half ago, notably on September 11. He was inspiration to (among others) Don Novello (yes, Father Guido Sarducci).
 
2014-03-19 07:07:26 PM  

The hopeless imp: Who here HASN'T broken something valuable in Italy while doing something stupid?


I claim several hymens.
 
2014-03-19 07:08:05 PM  

The hopeless imp: Who here HASN'T broken something valuable in Italy while doing something stupid?


My dad did touch a statue that was carved by Michelangelo. It was one of his; Michelangelo, not my dad; lesser works and didn't even have a velvet rope to protect it. But, it didn't break; and the Carbinari( read police officer) standing next to it didn't notice.
 
2014-03-19 07:20:12 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: Priceless

[i.imgur.com image 480x360]

Not anymore.


One of my all-time favorite lines in the history of cinema.
 
2014-03-19 07:28:45 PM  
"I used to be priceless... and then I took a selfie to the knee."
 
2014-03-19 07:49:54 PM  
Looked like cheep peace of crap to me.
 
2014-03-19 08:12:01 PM  

iheartscotch: Frank N Stein: Also, I'm going to Rome for three months later this year. Hopefully I improve my Italian.

Good luck! Pack a Toronto Maple Leafs T-shirt; as Canada doesn't piss anyone off.

Don't eat anywhere touristy.

A lot of places will not take credit or debit.

Do visit the Vatican and St. Peter's; they are pretty breathtaking and no passport is required, as far as I remember.

If you intend to visit the colosseum; admire it from the steps of St. John Lateran on the Lateran hill. St. John's has far fewer pickpockets there.

Don't go home with Italian women; that's an easy way to find yourself in a committed relationship or to lose a kidney.

What ever you do; do not touch the artwork. They don't like that.


Thanks for the suggestions, but I'm not going to pretend in Canadian. 1, that's a biatch move. 2, Italy has some of the highest approval of Americans (per multiple studies) of any country in the world.

The latter statement makes me confident I say the former :)
 
2014-03-19 08:31:51 PM  
i1.mirror.co.uk/hot

I remember how sad I was when I found out the big chocolate bunny was hollow.
 
2014-03-19 08:39:50 PM  

namegoeshere: [i1.mirror.co.uk image 615x409]/hot
I remember how sad I was when I found out the big chocolate bunny was hollow.


I immediately wondered how an ancient statue could be hollow inside. But yeah, what a letdown.
 
2014-03-19 08:41:48 PM  
I had always assumes those statues were solid
 
2014-03-19 09:45:16 PM  

cryinoutloud: namegoeshere: [i1.mirror.co.uk image 615x409]/hot
I remember how sad I was when I found out the big chocolate bunny was hollow.

I immediately wondered how an ancient statue could be hollow inside. But yeah, what a letdown.


Pharmdawg: I had always assumes those statues were solid


"The" statues are. "Those" are not. What's pictured is a replica.
 
2014-03-19 10:36:01 PM  

iheartscotch: Pack a Toronto Maple Leafs T-shirt; as Canada doesn't piss anyone off.


maybe outdated reputation.

'I'm Canadian, f- you': How boorish, 'utterly wasted' tourists are rewriting the treasured myth of the Nice Canuck
 
2014-03-19 11:18:02 PM  

red5ish: I  am in favor of caning graffiti vandals. I also propose using a geometric progression with the common ratio of three as the basis for computing the number of strokes per repeat offenses. So, beginning with 2 strokes for a first offense, then 6 for a second, 18 for a third, then 54 for a forth, if the criminal is incorrigible. In the unlikely event of a fifth offense you pretty much just beat him or her to death with 162 strokes.
I realize that this would not be allowed under current law; I am merely stating that I am in favor of it.


I doubt I'm the furst but I'll say it anyway..."forth"?
 
2014-03-19 11:24:12 PM  
This is what Photoshop is for.
 
2014-03-20 12:00:08 AM  

al's hat: red5ish: I  am in favor of caning graffiti vandals. I also propose using a geometric progression with the common ratio of three as the basis for computing the number of strokes per repeat offenses. So, beginning with 2 strokes for a first offense, then 6 for a second, 18 for a third, then 54 for a forth, if the criminal is incorrigible. In the unlikely event of a fifth offense you pretty much just beat him or her to death with 162 strokes.
I realize that this would not be allowed under current law; I am merely stating that I am in favor of it.

I doubt I'm the furst but I'll say it anyway..."forth"?


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2014-03-20 01:03:54 AM  
CSB (sorta) time:

Summer of 1973, as a grad student,  I was in the small museum at Cerveteri with some undergrad college students.in my archaeolgy class. They were being a bit loud, but there was also a bunch of American high school boys there who were really whooping it up and worse, climbing on the Etruscan lion figures in the museum.


When I told them to knock it off, their teacher got in my face about it, pointed out my group was being loud, too, so I had no right to criticise HIS group. I was definitely taken aback and mostly just took it as I was so stunned by his defense of the indefensible. Being older now and less concerned about what people think, I would have been a lot more forceful.
 
2014-03-20 01:24:59 AM  
How it used to look:

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2014-03-20 01:32:58 AM  

MBooda: The hopeless imp: Who here HASN'T broken something valuable in Italy while doing something stupid?

I claim several hymens.


iheartscotch: The hopeless imp: Who here HASN'T broken something valuable in Italy while doing something stupid?

My dad did touch a statue that was carved by Michelangelo. It was one of his; Michelangelo, not my dad; lesser works and didn't even have a velvet rope to protect it. But, it didn't break; and the Carbinari( read police officer) standing next to it didn't notice.


Weaksauce. I destroyed a 150,000 lire ($10,000 at the time) glass display case. The only thing that saved my ass was my friends - who had pushed the wheeled pallet I was riding - told our LT I was trying to stop the runaway pallet.
 
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