Woopsie: Tourist Destroys Museum Statue After Backing Into It Taking A Selfie

November 10, 2016


Because breaking things is all the rage these days, this is a shot of the 18th century statue of Saint Michael that a Brazilian tourist recently tripped into and broke while taking a selfie at the National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon, Portugal. As you may or may not know, Saint Michael is the patron saint of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, and police officers, sadly none of which were able to save him from an oblivious museum goer. Me? I've never broken anything at a museum in my entire life, and I've definitely taken more than my fair share of selfies touching marble penises and porcelain breasts. When reached for comment about the severity of the damage done to the statue, all the king's horses and all the king's men said this was Humpty Dumpty all over again.

Keep going for a shot of Saint Michael during better times.


Thanks to hairless, who agrees if you're going to break something at a museum, try to make it the heart of a person in a painting. I'm sorry, this will just never work out, you're 2-D.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Well, *I* for one have NEVER made a single mistake in my life, so I'm gunna join you guys in mercilessly dumping on this guy.

  • King POTUS

    Sure, everyone makes mistakes... but not everyone makes "international destruction of a priceless artifact" mistakes.

  • da1nonlysage

    *Secretly works for ISIS

    (they're still destroying ancient statues and shit, right?)

    Also, it was on the square thing... I thought we weren't supposed to climb those?!

  • MustacheHam

    It appears not all folks abide by the grand rule of "only looking and not touching" as well the other common rule is to stay at least 3 feet from the museum piece. You can take your selfies at a safe distance and as long as you abide & respect these rules. I don't always post a paragraph, but when I do...I'm pissed.

  • anactualhuman

    Accidents dont happen when a selfie is being taken... the taker is straight up not paying attention to what they are doing, thats irresponsible... especially in a museum... and the "why wasnt it more secure" or "why so high up?" type comments are silly. BECAUSE IT IS A MUSEUM. Be present. Be mindful. Show respect. Do not touch. People need to be more careful and repectful overall... the world doesnt need to change so people can flutter around oblivious like butterflies... jussssayin lol... I guarantee a friend is at your place takin a selfie and they bust your PS4, youre not gonna be like oh well, I shouldve had it more secure ;)

  • Cam

    Where do you put your ps4 that it's gonna get broken by a selfie?

  • JJtoob

    It's an example, substitute for anything that you don't baby proof because you expect your friends who come over to be considerate.


    Accidents happen. I wonder why they didn't secure it better?

  • Cam

    Because that white box around the base was supposed to keep people back. My guess is that it tripped the person who was taking the photo though.


    even with all that base not securing a piece of art you want to protect is pretty questionable. if it's insured, which i'm sure it is, as an insurance agent i'd definitely bring up that question.

  • Jai Mico

    Fucking Selfie Generation

  • the antagonist

    Kids these days...http://i.imgur.com/PDApEAG.jpg

  • cardstock

    I wonder if they subscribe to the rule of "you break it, you buy it."

  • MaidoMaido

    what's cool is at LACMA they have a program where you can borrow a lot of the art they have in storage to use at your home

  • GeneralDisorder

    No. If they did that nobody would go to museums. And really... there aren't many times I think to myself "I fucking love the museum. I can't wait to go walk around for hours and stare at all the cool shit... Maybe I can bankrupt myself for life!!"

  • Cam

    I bet that 5" high box around the base had nothing to do with it.

  • Jenness

    They need to ban photographs in museums. It's just annoying and we have the internet now. Take a picture outside and spend some time being mindful and enjoying things while inside.

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