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Old 08-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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American tourist snaps Italian statue’s finger off

Aug. 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM ET

A Missouri man traveling in Italy accidentally broke the finger off of an early 15th century sculpture when he attempted to compare hand sizes with the Virgin Mary.

Violating the first rule of visiting a museum, an American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence.

Whether he was comparing hand spans or giving the statue a high five is unclear but the end result was that the pinky finger of the statue’s right hand was broken off.

Despite apologizing for his action, the tourist could be liable for a large fine, according to The (UK) Independent.

http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/look-d...ger-6C10861796

"Indiana Jones and the Lost Pinkie"?

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Old 08-08-2013, 03:18 PM   #2
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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"It’s part of the process of traveling and gaining experience,” she said. "The best way to learn is to make mistakes..."

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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Those Americans... always flipping a finger to the Grand European culture.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:15 AM   #5
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Aug. 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM ET

A Missouri man traveling in Italy accidentally broke the finger off of an early 15th century sculpture when he attempted to compare hand sizes with the Virgin Mary.

Violating the first rule of visiting a museum, an American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence.

Whether he was comparing hand spans or giving the statue a high five is unclear but the end result was that the pinky finger of the statue’s right hand was broken off.

Despite apologizing for his action, the tourist could be liable for a large fine, according to The (UK) Independent.

http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/look-d...ger-6C10861796

"Indiana Jones and the Lost Pinkie"?


Lol!!! The very instant I read the words "A Missouri man travelling in Italy....." I thought to myself, "Ohhh man, this can't be good!" Yeah, they're a different (in)breed out there. Cue the dueling Banjos! Bwaahahaha!!! I keed! I keeed!
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:40 AM   #6
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Those Americans... always flipping a finger to the Grand European culture.



'nuff said.

I was tossed from the Smithsonian at the tender age of ten(?) for taking a painting off the wall and walking across the gallery with it. In my defense I really wanted my dad to see the painting, but he wasn't paying attention. I've never been able to remember the actual painting, but it was from the Revolutionary War Gallery. My dad flipped. Security was more understanding, but I spent the rest of the day in the parking garage.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:43 AM   #7
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I was tossed from the Smithsonian at the tender age of ten(?) for taking a painting off the wall and walking across the gallery with it...

This is about the best thing ever I've ever read on the Raven. You Thomas Crown you.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:04 PM   #8
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Indeed. One for the books for sure. Your dad should have been proud of the artistic genius he managed to sire, though. In one fell swoop, you proved that "moving arts" is not just a modern trend.
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