Instant Index: American Tourist Snaps Pinky Off Statue

By Jennifer Abbey

Aug 6, 2013 9:22pm

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American Tourist Snaps Pinky Off Statue
Here’s a tip for tourists: Keep your fingers to yourself. A U.S. tourist accidentally snapped the pinky off a priceless, 600-year-old marble statue of the Virgin Mary at a Florence, Italy museum. He said he was measuring his fingers against the hand but the museum is outraged.

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                                                   (Courtesy Opera del Duomo/Umberto Visintini)

Bowler Just Misses Perfect Game
The perfect game of 300 — 12 strikes in a row — is any bowler’s dream. Troy Walker was heading for victory at a bowling tournament in Houston, when the reset barrier came down, blocking his perfect last shot. It turned out that he’d hit the wrong button when he picked up his ball. He was allowed to go again but he ended up with a 297.

Escape Artist’s Dramatic Stunt
Escape artist Anthony Martin doesn’t mess around when it comes to his stunts. He was pushed out of an airplane today — while in a locked box, handcuffs and chains — and spent the first 7,000 feet picking the locks. During the next 7,000 feet, he got ready to open his parachute. He’s been practicing escapes since he was 10 but he doesn’t get nervous. He says: “It’s just business.”

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