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  • You're on a school trip to a museum, and to be honest, not taking the tour all that

  • seriously, laughing at how stern that curator guy is when describing the magnificence of

  • centuries-old European paintings.

  • At one point that curator tells your group that you are now looking at one of the most

  • remarkable and most expensive paintings that exists in the world today, so naturally, as

  • your group moves on, you decide to take a selfie with it.

  • This doesn't end well, because as you turn to take the shot you trip, fall backwards,

  • and stick your free hand right through that multimillion dollar piece of art.

  • Oops,” you say, wondering how you'll get the $68 million to pay for it.

  • This kind of thing has actually happened, and today you'll hear more about the dumb

  • and the clumsy destroying things.

  • 10.

  • Pink Grass It's not always about money, some things

  • that get destroyed are more beautiful than costly.

  • As this story goes, in 2016 a city in China decided it wanted to create an area of beauty.

  • The plan was to import special pink grass seeds from Australia and then plant those

  • seeds in one of the city's parks.

  • The caretaker responsible for cultivating the area said it took her 3 years to get the

  • place looking how it should, and that meant caring for the pink grass paradise each and

  • every day.

  • Then came the problems, notably hordes of Chinese tourists that wanted to have themselves

  • photographed in that pink paradise.

  • The caretaker was screaming and shouting so much to make them stop her voice finally went,

  • and then she just had to give up.

  • The hordes couldn't be stopped.

  • That photo in the pink grass was just soooo important to them.

  • This is what that caretaker later told the media:

  • “I've been caring for the growth of this grass, but I never imagined they'd get demolished

  • in just two to three days.

  • To me, they are like my son and daughter.

  • It's like witnessing my sons being beaten by barbarians, but I can do nothing to help.”

  • The moral to this story is never, ever, underestimate what narcissistic selfie-takers will do to

  • get a “likeon a social media platform.

  • The caretaker said she still had some seeds and will start the project again.

  • We can't put a cost on this damage, but we can say in two days the tourist hordes

  • destroyed three years of work.

  • 9.

  • The Curse Of The Soap Opera One of Thailand's most cherished ancient

  • temples is called Wat Chaiwatthanaram (Chai-wat-an-aram).

  • For the most part, people walk around that magnificent structure and by no means would

  • they ever start walking on top of the thing.

  • But then in 2018 the temple suddenly started seeing 10,000 tourists a day, many more people

  • than had come in the past.

  • The reason for the mass of tourists was because it had been featured in a very popular soap

  • opera calledLove Destiny.”

  • This had been watched in translation all over Asia.

  • Tourists even turned up wearing Thai traditional costume, because that soap opera depicted

  • older times.

  • That was fine, but these new tourists went a bit too far and started climbing all over

  • the temple, and in doing so, destroyed parts of it.

  • They weren't exploring of course, and only wanted to get that perfect shot for Instagram.

  • The temple started looking like a scene out of World War Z, albeit the zombies were armed

  • with smartphones.

  • Authorities didn't put a cost on the damage, but when you've ruined parts of a cultural

  • treasure, it's a cost to the country.

  • The authorities eventually had to temporarily close the temple off to tourists so they could

  • begin putting the parts back together.

  • 8.

  • Hangover Part 4 Ok, so again, this wasn't about the moneyand

  • we'll get to money soon, but this story is just too good not to tell.

  • Two British tourists in 2012 were on vacation in Australia and they decided that they'd

  • visit Sea World.

  • As anyone in their right mind would do, the pair thought it best to drink an entire large

  • bottle of vodka each before they went to see the marine life.

  • We don't really know what happened next, and neither do the drunk guys.

  • What we do know is when they woke up the next morning, hopping around their hotel room was

  • a penguin.

  • One guy said to the other, “Mate, why is there a penguin in the room?”

  • CCTV had all the answers, and that showed that these two guys first set a fire extinguisher

  • off in the shark enclosure.

  • After that, they decided they wanted to take a swim with some dolphins.

  • Sometime later they were in the penguin enclosure and that's where they found a penguin named

  • Dirk.

  • They liked Dirk, and decided to sneak him out of the place.

  • Once in their hotel room they took some selfies with Dirk and then the drunks collapsed.

  • The pair were arrested and had to pay around $1000 in fines.

  • Dirk was returned, and Sea World's main concern was that those guys were pretty close

  • to jumping into the polar bear enclosure.

  • That would have been what you call a mortal s elfie.

  • 7.

  • It Seemed Like A Good Fit In 2017 a British family had taken their small

  • child to see an exhibit that was an 800-year sandstone coffin.

  • It is believed that this coffin had once been the resting place of a British monk.

  • Obviously, you're not supposed to touch something that old, but the family wanted

  • to take a pretty morbid photo of their child lying in the thing.

  • That didn't end well and the coffin fell over, breaking a part of it.

  • That family is still at large, but the good news is, the cost of fixing the coffin was

  • only $130.

  • 6.

  • Parental Guidance In 2014 a sculpture calledAngel in Waiting,”

  • created by a famous Chinese artist was on show at the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

  • This thing had been painstakingly put together with tiny fragments of glass and it took the

  • artist 27 months to complete.

  • What happened next is beyond belief.

  • Two mothers of two boys took their little angels to see the sculpture, but then asked

  • the boys to go and play with it.

  • The mothers actually videoed this.

  • Not surprisingly, the kids brought the whole thing down and it smashed into small pieces,

  • rendering it completely unfixable.

  • The kids actually yanked the precious artwork from the wall, as the mothers kept their smartphones

  • trained on them.

  • The media didn't say how much this sculpture was worth, but given that the artist was well-known

  • and the fact it took over two years to make, we are thinking it was worth many thousands.

  • 5.

  • Bananagate At an exhibition in Miami in 2019 there was

  • one piece of art that has boggled the minds of many.

  • That's because the art work consisted of a banana duct-taped to a wall.

  • This piece of transcendent art was the brain-child of an Italian artist named Maurizio Cattelan.

  • Yep, you might be thinking that you could have created that, but somehow a French collector

  • actually bought the work for $120,000.

  • One day a man was walking by this piece of art when he decided to take the banana off

  • the wall and eat it.

  • Now only the wall was left, so did that mean the thing was destroyed?

  • Well, what is even more confounding is the museum said it wasn't a big problem because

  • a new banana could replace the one in the man's stomach.

  • The guy was pulled aside, but he was never charged with a crime.

  • The artist has since done another 'banana on wall' work and that one was sold for

  • $150,000.

  • Let's remember that the art consists of a single, normal, garden variety banana and

  • a bit of tape.

  • Please don't ask us why this is happening, because frankly we have no idea.

  • Here at the Infographics Show we have bananas taped on all the office walls and so far we

  • have no buyers.

  • Now for some really expensive damage.

  • 4.

  • He Just Needed A Hug In 2018, an American family took their child

  • to an exhibition held at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Kansas.

  • Everything was going well until their young son saw a statue and decided to give it a

  • hug.

  • What happened next is the thing fell over and broke into pieces, although thankfully

  • the child wasn't hurt.

  • The bad news is that the statue, calledAphrodite di Kansas City”, was valued at $130,000.

  • It was smashed so badly that it could not be repaired.

  • So, who was at fault?

  • The parents said not them because something that valuable should have had a guard rail

  • around it.

  • The city and the artist thought differently, but we're not sure if that family ever had

  • to pay any money.

  • This is what the mother said about the hug, “Maybe my son hugged a torso because he's

  • a loving, sweet nice boy who just graduated from preschool.”

  • 3.

  • The Souvenir Taker We are going to call the cost of this... priceless.

  • It happened in 2008 and a Finnish tourist had travelled all the way to that place we

  • call Easter Island.

  • We are sure you'll all know that this place is famous for those giant head statues that

  • are known asMoai.”

  • There are something like 900 of these statutes on the island and they date back 1,000 years.

  • To say the least, they are a monumental achievement and are currently a UNESCO World Heritage

  • site.

  • We are quite sure that every single one of our intelligent viewers would know that you

  • don't mess with these things, but that Finnish tourist might have been a few fries short

  • of a Happy Meal.

  • The tourist went up to one of the statues and decided he wanted to take a piece home

  • with him as a souvenir.

  • He yanked at the ear and indeed bits came off, if not in small fragments.

  • The guy was caught and he was looking at a seven-year prison sentence, but it seems the

  • authorities were lenient and fined him just $18,000.

  • If you think that's a lot, keep watching.

  • 2.

  • The Painting Needed My Input In 2012, a Polish man was visiting the Tate

  • Modern Gallery in London.

  • What the museum didn't know is that this guy had come to do some of his own handiwork.

  • His plan was toimprove” a very famous painting calledBlack on Maroon.”

  • The painting was created in 1958 by an American artist named Mark Rothkoin, and while it might

  • look rather dull to some observers, it's actually worth 15-20 million dollars.

  • That Polish man walked up to it and scrawled over the artwork his name, the number 12,

  • and the words, “a potential piece of yellowism.”

  • The gallery wasn't exactly impressed with this addition and the Polish guy was prosecuted.

  • He ended up spending 18 months in a British prison.

  • After his release, the guy said, “I apologize to the British people for what I did.

  • I suppose I wanted to change the art world but of course I did it in a very, very wrong

  • way.”

  • Restoration took almost two years and that itself cost $200,000, but now Black on Maroon

  • is in perfect condition once again.

  • Graffiti can be removed, but large holes and rips are problematic.

  • 1.

  • The Destroyers A painting calledThe Actorby the renowned

  • artist Pablo Picasso had hung peacefully in New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • since 1952, but then in 2010, The actor had a hole ripped right through it.

  • What you have to understand is that this piece of art was part of Picasso's valuable early

  • works, and when a woman fell into the thing and ripped it, it was worth over $100,000,000.

  • The people who were tasked to repair it said with time they could do a good job, but the

  • outcome would be a noticeable line where the 7 inch tear had been.

  • We looked at what art experts said about damaged paintings and they said you can't always

  • say how much a piece of damaged art will lose in value, but one expert said typically it

  • might depreciate 10 or 20 percent, which for a hundred million dollar painting means 10

  • or 20 million.

  • Add on to that the restorations costs.

  • We just can't say how much that tear cost, but it could be in the millions.

  • Since this was a total accident the woman who fell into the painting was not charged.

  • We don't think clumsiness is a crime these days.

  • In 2019, another Picasso was beat up, and this time the work was sliced with a knife.

  • The painting in question was calledBust of a Woman”,

  • From what we can see that painting is still undergoing surgery in England, but as the

  • damage was quite severe we have to wonder if it will ever get the $26 million it was

  • said to be worth before a man decided to knife it.

  • We'd like to end this show with a public service announcement.

  • We have millions of viewers at the Infographics Show and we are sure none of you would ever

  • consider doing some of the things described in this show.

  • But just as a word of warning, don't mess with art, or natural wonders, and be careful

  • where you take your selfies.

  • Do you have a taste for destruction right now?

  • What about the prospect of the world being destroyed?

  • If you want to know how that might happen, take a look at this frightening show, “What

  • Is The Nuclear Football (The Briefcase That Can Destroy The World)?”

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