Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Are your shoes tied?

Have you ever had one of those days?

A visitor to Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England did last Wednesday when he tripped on his shoelace and stumbled down a flight of stairs.

In something that sounds like a scene from a bad movie, he took three Chinese vases with him. The vases, dating from the late 17th or early 18th century, were among the museum's best-known artifacts. They had been sitting beside the staircase for 40 years.

When asked about the damage to the vases, the museum's assistant director replied:
They are in very, very small pieces, but we are determined to put them back together.

I don't know, it seem like there were a few screwups here. First of all, the guy should have listened to his mother and kept his shoes tied. Second, what's a museum doing putting precious antiques in such a precarious situation, anyway?

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