American tourist snaps off finger to 600-year-old Italian statue, says he was trying to measure it

What an idiot. How self-centered do you have to be to touch anything in a museum:

An American tourist has sparked outrage overseas not for giving the finger but for accidentally taking one from a 600-year-old Italian statue.

An unidentified tourist at Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo snapped off the pinky finger of a statue dating to the late 14th or early 15th century by medieval sculptor Giovanni D’Ambrogio, museum officials confirmed.

The museum’s head, American Timothy Verdon, criticized the tourist’s foolish behavior, vehemently scolding: “In a globalized world like ours, the fundamental rules for visiting a museum have been forgotten, that is, ‘Do not touch the works.'”


  1. Apparently the finger had been broken off and lost many years ago, and was “repaired” with a crude plaster piece. This is what crumbled when the tourist touched it. Granted, it’s not cool to touch things in a museum, but the statue was already broken. Just a way for people to get outraged at the “ugly American”….

    1. What difference does that make? He didn’t know it was already a repair job when he did what most people already know not to do and it’s not like they can just reattach the finger using duct tape.

      It’s completely irrelevant.

  2. Well, it’s at least a good thing that the tourist turned out to be from Connecticut. Missouri almost lost its status as the “Show-Me” state.

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