An Overambitious Selfie Destroyed This Italian Statue, and All of Society is Next

Selfies are eroding civilized society one post at a time.

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Two men visiting Cremona, Italy ended up irreparably damaging a landmark statue during their attempt to mount and scale the sculpture for a selfie.

Their monkeying around caused the crown adorning the 18th century Statue of Two Hercules—or the Statua dei due Ercole—to fall and shatter completely. The tourists, whose nationalities remain undisclosed, may face criminal charges for their foolhardy blunder, which local authorities consider an act of destruction and vandalism.

Image via Twitter user Corriere della Sera

It’s not just tourists. Selfies ranging from the stupid to the dangerous to the insensitive are popping up all over the web. Pictures of people posing near the site of a gas explosion that claimed two lives and injured 22 in New York City demonstrated oblivious egocentrism and a significant lack of empathy. Narcissistic Instagramers waddling into the middle of the street were actually cited as a safety concern during the Tour de France.

While science shows that selfies may bring out the worst in people, it turns out that they are quite useful as incriminating evidence. The two crown crashers can now join the ranks of iPad thieves and drug lords undone by their own conceit.


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