There is always one member of the family like this

When I read the headline of the below article the first person I thought of was my Mum. I could easily imagine her doing what this woman did. Maybe it’s because she often takes things literally or maybe it’s just because she’s not afraid to break the rules.

Recently on a trip to Melbourne we visited an art museum showing a gigantic sculpture that appeared to be hundreds of bike frames and wheels joined together. My Mum went up to it for a photo and as I was taking the photo of her and my friend, Mum started spinning one of the wheels. Two security guards then rushed up to her and told her to stop. The funny thing was that while my friend and I knew that you shouldn’t do that, my Mum was quite puzzled as to why a metal sculpture with spinning wheels wasn’t designed to be touched. We teased her about it mercilessly.

The German woman filled in the blank spaces with a ballpoint pen.

The German woman filled in the blank spaces with a ballpoint pen.

“Insert Words”, said an artwork resembling a crossword puzzle – and one visitor at a German museum took it literally.

The 91-year-old woman is being questioned by police after filling in the blank spaces with a ballpoint pen, reported news agency dpa.

Reading-work-piece was created by avant-garde artist Arthur Koepcke in 1965.

It features the phrase “Insert Words” and was displayed at Nuremberg’s Neues Museum.

The elderly woman was visiting on July 13 with a group of senior citizens.

Museum spokeswoman Eva Martin said museum officials believe the work can be restored.

Museum chief Eva-Christina Kraus filed a criminal complaint, saying the case had to be reported for insurance reasons though there was no malicious intent.

Police said the woman is being investigated for damage to property.


Do you have someone in your family who is known for breaking the rules or taking things literally? Please feel free to share your stories with us in the comments. My daughter is literally minded. Her teacher in primary school told her to wait a minute, so my daughter waited exactly 60 seconds then asked again. The teacher was upset and said, “I told you to wait a minute,” to which my daughter replied, “but I did wait a minute.” I am usually good at understanding when people are being literal or not but I am a rule breaker. Both my mother and I have embarrassed my Dad many times with our cheeky disregard for certain rules.

Once, many years ago, my Mum and I wanted to have a closer look at a particular house we were walking past. To provide cover for our illicit activity my Mum let my dog off the lead and then chased her onto the property. The dog’s job was to provide a cover story for us being there just in case the home was occupied. Curiosity satisfied we happily returned while my Dad face-palmed in embarrassment.

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