This kid handled this as well as humanly possible.
If you can get back up after tripping, shake it off, and keep walking, you're special—but not as special as this unnamed new Internet star: the Taiwanese boy who fell into a $1.5 million Paolo Porpora painting yesterday and somehow got off scot-free.
The 12-year-old boy was on a trip to a Taipei museum, where he was viewing an exhibit called "Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius" and slurping down a soft drink of some kind. As he moved on from a 350-year-old Porpora painting of flowers, he tripped over the rope barrier and put his hand out to stop his fall, which it did.
It also punched a hole in the very expensive 17th century painting.
After he recovers his footing, the boy appears stunned (well, his body does. His face is blurred). Everyone freezes. An older woman comes over and says something, probably "Damn, son."
Then, a wonderful thing happens. Nobody yells or kicks him out. A museum worker puts her hand on the boy's shoulder, as if to say "Hey, I'm really sorry this is going to go viral. I know it was just an accident."
The exhibit's curator, Andrea Rossi, took the same attitude, asking that people not blame the boy and that the museum not request payment from his family. The painting is insured, so the cost of restoring it is covered, and it can hopefully be repaired so middle school boys can re-destroy it for generations to come.
In the end, this kid really screwed up, and not only manages to not look totally stupid on camera but also doesn't have to pay a dime. Lesson learned: destroying old paintings is fine as long as you can walk it off.