The construction of the Rossio Railway Station in Lisbon, Portugal was completed in 1890. Since that time, the statue of the young King Sebastian has stood prominently between two horseshoe-shaped doors. This all changed on the evening of May 4, 2016.
A young man decided that this statue of a beloved Portuguese figure was the perfect place to take a selfie. (You know where this is going, right?)
He climbed up onto the statue's pedestal to get a good angle...and toppled the 126-year-old work of art to the ground where it shattered into many pieces. Yikes. The man who broke the statue tried to run away, but was caught by cops and will soon appear in front of a judge.
Dom Sebastiao, the king who was depicted in the statue, is a tragic figure in Portuguese history. At the age of 24, he died in battle during a crusade in Morocco. His body was never properly identified, which resulted in a legend stating that he would someday return to the throne.
As it turns out, the man who toppled the statue was also 24 years old. Could it be that the king finally returned and tried to reclaim his spot on the pedestal?
Unfortunately, this isn't the only case of a priceless work of art being ruined because of a selfie.
A 19th-century Greco-Roman statue at a museum in Milan broke after a student repeatedly climbed on it to take a selfie while sitting on its lap. Who could have possibly seen that coming? (Answer: Everyone. Everyone saw that coming.)
A pair of tourists broke yet another statue while trying to take a selfie. This statue was built in 1700 and depicted Hercules, the mythical founder of the city of Cremona, Italy. Is no statue safe in this world?!
Here's a selfie that Rihanna took while she was traveling in Thailand. That adorable furry animal is a slow loris, which just happens to be a protected species. Rihanna's selfie led to the arrest of two men who had been illegally selling the animals.
During the final game of the 2013 College World Series, a young woman named Kayleigh Hill stormed the field along with two of her friends in order to take a selfie. In addition to the photo, they also got a $1,500 fine as a souvenir.
Here's another entry into the Selfie Hall of Fame (or should we say Hall of Shame?).
In 2013, Jules Bahler took a selfie while holding a gun. Unfortunately for him (and fortunately for the rest of the world), the gun bore a striking resemblance to one that had been used to hold up a bank the day before. And Bahler himself bore a striking resemblance to the suspect in the bank robbery.
Because he was the bank robber. The FBI arrested him shortly after he posted his selfie.