Smithsonian bans selfie sticks
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Don’t try using a selfie stick to capture that perfect shot of you posing with the Hope Diamond — the photo-taking tools are now banned at the Smithsonian.


“For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens,” a news release from the institution says. And effective starting Tuesday, “monopod selfie sticks are included in this policy.”

The Smithsonian calls the move “a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions.”

The selfie stick has risen in popularity as more and more snapshot fanatics look for ways to take images of themselves using their smartphones. President Obama was even seen making goofy faces in the White House, with a selfie stick in-hand, in a promotional video for ObamaCare that went viral last month on BuzzFeed. 

The Smithsonian said in its statement, “We encourage visitors to take selfies and share their experiences — and leave the selfie sticks in their bags.”