Popular Magazine Publishes Guide on How To Tear Down Statues 'Without Anyone Getting Hurt'


Popular Mechanics magazine published an instructional article on Monday informing its readers about the scientific ways they can tear down a statue “without anyone getting hurt.”

“Should you happen to find yourself near a statue that you decide you no longer like, we asked scientists for the best, safest ways to bring it to the ground without anyone getting hurt — except, of course, for the inanimate racist who’s been dead for a century anyway,” author James Stout wrote.

There are two scientific ways one can do this, according to the magazine: “The Physical Approach or “The Chemical Approach.”

“The force required to pull down a statue isn’t as great as you think, says mechanical engineer Scott Holland,” Stout wrote.

According to Holland, about 70 people can successfully topple a statue by force.

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“To break the statue from its base, split into two teams on either side and work in a back-and-forth motion,” according to the article.

“Most statues are attached to the base by 2 to 3 feet of rebar, so you’ll actually be breaking it at the bronze above the rebar — not the rebar itself, says Holland.”

The chemical approach to toppling a statue is melting it using a thermite reaction or a sparkler.

Many people criticized the article on social media.

“I look forward to Popular Mechanics putting together a primer on how to make a Molotov cocktail,” Daily Wire Editor in Chief Ben Shapiro tweeted.

Photographer and writer Atane Ofiaja tweeted, “Definitely not the Popular Mechanics of yesteryear that had guest writers like Buzz Aldrin. How lame.”

Do you think it was appropriate for a magazine to publish this article? editor Jazz Shaw questioned if the magazine was showing “woke signals?”

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“Popular Mechanics goes full Taliban,” author Christina Sommers tweeted. “Several engineers chime in on how to destroy statues. I always thought @PopMech was about building things.”

Protesters have torn down several statues in cities across the country following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for roughly nine minutes during an arrest.

Statues of several Confederate figures, as well as former President Thomas Jefferson and Christopher Columbus, have all been torn down.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith