Imagine it was your job
to protect objects of great value that are considered national treasures.
Day after day you witness hordes of tourists getting off the bus
and rushing towards the place where you work.
Some of those guys are half-baked from afternoon drinking,
and time after time you have to tell people,
“Don’t touch”, “That’s not a toy” ,
“Get down from there”, “For God’s sake, be careful.”
“请从这下来” “天呐 请小心”
Half the time they don’t understand you because they don’t speak your language.
Thankfully, no one on your watch has ever destroyed anything,
but you are well aware
that tourists have been walking disasters in other countries.
We’ll look at some of those things today,
starting the least expensive things damaged
and then moving onto the most expensive things.
To start, Italy has had lots of problems of late with tourists doing very silly things,
but we think the idiots abroad award
goes to a couple from California.
In 2015 it was reported they’d visited Rome’s Coliseum,
but they weren’t happy just looking at things.
The couple decided to carve their initials into a wall of the coliseum
and then pose with those initials for a selfie.
Ok, so we can’t put a price on this one,
but we can say the act cost the reputation of Americans quite a lot.
What’s more, when the two women were asked if they didn’t think that
carving an initial into something over 2000 years old was bad,
they said they didn’t think it was such a big deal.
It was, and they were both charged with
“aggravated damage to a building of historical and artistic interest.”
For the rest of you out there,
when you one day finally go visit that ancient place,
you might also get to see a “J”and an “N”.
Possibly the oldest artifact damaged by a tourist
was something inside Luxor Temple that dates back 3,500 years.
A 15-year old Chinese kid
had seen the ancient image of a man holding a spear
and he decided that he too wanted to go down in history.
He scribbled on the image in large letters,
“Ding Jinhao was here.”
“Ding Jinhao was here.”
That’s the English translation.
Another Chinese tourist saw this, but it was too late to stop the kid.
He later wrote on a Chinese social network,
“The saddest moment in Egypt.
I’m so embarrassed that I want to hide myself.
I said to the Egyptian tour guide, ‘I’m really sorry.”
The parents of the boy issued a statement,
saying”We want to apologize to the Egyptian people
and to people who have paid attention to this case across China.”
The kid was a national disgrace,
and he became one person in a long line of Chinese people
accused of behaving badly when abroad.
It seems the damage could be undone,
so again, it was not that costly.
This next one was reported by Newsweek in 2019,
and while we can’t really put a price on the damage,
we can say the act was pretty much as dumb as you can get.
It involved a photo that turned up on Instagram
which showed a couple standing in front of a sandstone formation in Illinois.
The formation is over 400 million years old,
and it was reported that the place was an important meeting site
for native Americans for around 8,000 years.
In the photo a couple have scribbled their initials on the formation,
which is next to a love heart.
We expect that this vandalism could be cleaned up for a minimal cost.
NBC news wrote about this next one in 2013,
” 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. “
The news reports that a 55-year old American man
had seen a statue of the Virgin Mary.
This was made by a 15th-century sculptor named Giovanni d’ Ambrogio
and it is considered a priceless work of art.
The man, from Missouri, had wanted to high five Mary.
The cost of fixing the finger was not published,
but since it was just a finger we doubt the cost was high.
Let’s just say it was likely a cheap fix.
Before any Italians out there start criticizing Americans,
we’ll tell you that in 2014
an Italian was visiting a museum in Milan
and he took a selfie with a sculpture known as the, “Drunken Satyr.”
The sculpture ended up losing a limb.
The good news is that
this was only a copy of a well-known ancient Greek sculpture,
but the bad news is that
it was an expensive and remarkable copy that dates back to the 19th century.
the value of an object like this one to be just $7,000-$10,000.
Looking at the damage, we would think it could have been fixed,
although it would have taken some time and expertise.
Next we have one way to get rid of a King.
In 2016 a man was in Lisbon, Portugal,
and he thought it would be a good idea to climb onto a pedestal
to get a photo with the statue of the former king Dom Sebastiao.
He did just that, and the king came crashing down.
It was smashed to pieces.
The guy tried to escape but he was apprehended.
The media didn’t state what fixing the statue would cost,
but seeing that it was smashed to pieces
we can say it will never be the same again.
This next one is another act of senseless violence
and this time committed by a man touring his own country.
It happened in a cave in southwest China in 2017
and the act was caught on video.
A young guy can be seen taking three kicks at a stalagmite.
On the third kick the thing snaps.
He then just walks away, so he wasn’t even trying to steal it.
There might not be a price you can put on this,
but it appalled some people in China.
They said these things can take many, many thousands of years to get to that point,
maybe even hundreds of thousands.
Then some guy just decides to take his anger out on one.
Some of the Chinese public said he needed to be arrested
and banned from ever entering a national attraction again.
From what we can see he was never arrested.
In this case the stalagmite was appraised
so that the man could be charged and made to pay some compensation,
but the media doesn’t state what value they put on the object.
Then there’s the case of a British man
who was visiting a museum in 2006
and had a bit of a comedy moment, as well as an expensive one.
The Guardian explained that his shoelace was undone and that tripped him up,
but there was nothing for him to grab a hold of.
He was actually coming down some stairs.
It seems then he just went flying,
and he ended up hitting three Chinese Qing dynasty vases worth around $120,000.
He explained to The Guardian,
“Although I knew the vase would break
I didn’t imagine it would be loose and crash into the other two.
I’m sure I only hit the first one
and that must have flown across the windowsill and hit the next one,
which then hit the other, like a set of dominos.”
He actually got banned from the museum,
which seems a bit harsh considering a rogue shoelace was to blame.
The guy admitted that
what had taken place could have been right out of some old British slapstick comedy movie.
Not to be outdone by the Brits,
this is the story of an Australian man named Laszlo Toth
who was likely suffering from a mental illness
when in 1972 he went to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
and attacked Michelangelo’s Pietà statue with a hammer.
He hit the thing 15 times while shouting,
“I am Jesus Christ — risen from the dead.”
The man was 33 at the time,
which is the age that Jesus is thought to have died.
He wasn’t charged with a crime
and instead spent a bit of time talking about resurrection to Italian psychiatrists.
One guy wrote that he knew Laszlo
and he said besides the fact he read his bible more than most people read bibles,
he seems totally fine.
The guy wrote, “At the time we were room-mates,
he didn’t strike me as a Jesus Christ impersonator,
and he never talked to me of such things.
We spent much of our days drinking coffee,
going to parties at night and drinking beer and wine,
逛夜趴 喝啤酒 喝红酒
and Lazlo often played his guitar.”
Others wrote that once he returned to Australia he led a very quiet life.
其他人写到 回到澳大利亚后 他过着平静的生活
The good news about this act of vandalism is that
when restorers were trying to put the statue back together
they discovered a secret signature written by Michelangelo.
We don’t know the cost of fixing the damage,
but it took a lot of people with a lot of skill, a lot of time.
The New York Times wrote that the statue was insured in 1964 for $10 million,
which in today’s money is about $81 million.
The New York Times wrote in 2017
that perhaps one woman could claim a place in the selfie hall of infamy
after destroying part of an art installation in Los Angeles.
We’ve seen the video online,
and this woman is trying to take a selfie
at the side of lots of columns.
On each column lies a crown, which is part of the artwork.
She leans back against one column which is first in a long row of columns.
You can guess what happens next.
She knocks over that column,
but then the rest of them all fall like dominoes.
The British artist was contacted by the Times
and he said it was not staged like some people had said it was.
It looks so funny a person might think it was staged.
He said, “Crowns are fragile things.
They are symbols of power.
Perhaps it’s ironic and meaningful that they fell.”
It’s thought that the woman caused about $200,000 worth of damage.
Then we found this headline from 2015,
“Selfie-Taker Smashes Priceless Historic Italian Statue of Hercules.”
and destroyed by someone who was looking for likes on social media.
We should note that when people say priceless,
they mean a value shouldn’t be out on the object
because it meant so much.
You can look at a value
put on some similar objects by the auctioning house, CHRISTIE’S,
and they might sell for as much as $250,000.
We don’t know where the tourist came from, but we read that
the statue was considered one of the jewels of an Italian city called Cremona.
The tourist climbed on top of it and it fell.
The entire thing smashed to pieces.
That statue had been around since 1700,
but it was no match for a selfie taker.
The BBC reported in 2014 that
2014年 BBC 报道
tourists had tied so many locks to the Pont des Arts in Paris,
that part of the bridge has collapsed.
If you didn’t know, tourists might do that in the name of romance.
But over a million locks weighs a lot,
and part of the bridge just came down.
So this one was a combined effort by people from all over the world.
We are not sure how much it cost to fix the broken part of the bridge,
but we imagine it wasn’t cheap.
It cost over $600,000 to add some new additions to the bridge,
so we might estimate the damage overall to be above one million.
Next is the story of another person that tripped and caused a lot of damage.
It involved a boy who’d gone to visit an exhibition of Italian masterpieces in Taiwan.
The 12-year old kid, who was a little on the heavy side,
was not looking where he was going.
He was walking along and it seems he was listening to the group leader,
only he didn’t notice a table.
When he hit that table he fell forward, and then he stuck out one hand.
The funny thing is, if you watch the video
he cannot get up and looks around to see
if anyone has seen what he’d done.
That hand went into a painting. It was called Flowers
and was painted by an Italian master called Paolo Porpora.
According to reports, this one was very special
because it was the only one he signed.
It was worth over $1.5 million.
The painting was insured,
but the museum said the damage was so bad
that it might not be possible to restore it.
That’s one and a half million for not paying attention.
European football hooligans have over the years
marched into cities and made a mess.
They destroyed cafes, bars, stores,
他们破坏咖啡厅 酒吧 商店
and at the same time left a lot of blood on the streets.
You could say that these guys are not tourists,
but along with their game of soccer
they usually enjoy some beers and foreign food.
We say enjoy, but their actions are often considered hair-brained and dangerous.
One of the worst things they have done happened in 2017
when 7,000 Dutch fans arrived for a game in Rome.
They got very drunk and just started smashing things up.
That’s not unusual,
but this time they picked on one of the city’s most famous fountains.
This is the “Fontana della Barcaccia” and it was built in 1627.
They even urinated on the thing after they smashed parts of it.
The fountain needed a lot of restoration after that,
and the cost of all this was over three million dollars.
23 Dutch fans were arrested.
The game ended 1-1.
And finally in 2012, one man did something which shocked not just the art world
but the world in general.
He punched a whole right through a painting considered a masterpiece.
The man’s name is Andrew Shannon
该男子名为 Andrew Shannon
and the painting he decided to take a swipe at
was Claude Monet’s “Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat.”
This painting had a value of around $10 million.
Ok, so the guy might not have considered himself a tourist
since the painting was in an Irish gallery and he was Irish,
but then again he might have been what’s called a domestic tourist.
Why did he do it? There seems to be no clear reason.
Some reports state that he did it to get back at the state.
Whatever that means.
But other reports state that the guy was not feeling right in his head
when he landed what might be the most expensive punch of all time.
He didn’t just make a dent either, he punched right through the thing.
He was sentenced to five years in prison after that,
and so you might consider this flash of anger totally stupid.
It turned out that this guy was a bit of a crook
and had handled lots of stolen goods in the past,
including paintings and antiques.
What would you do if you found you suddenly
put your fist through a priceless work of art?
Try to tape it up? Blame it on your little brother?
Tell us in the comments.
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