January 30, 2006
4:03 PM | Posted by The Rittenhouse Review
The Associated Press reports (by way of CNN.com) from Cambridge, England:
A [Fitzwilliam Museum] visitor shattered three Qing dynasty Chinese vases when he tripped on his shoelace, stumbled down a stairway and brought the vases crashing to the floor, officials said Monday. [Hyperlink added.] [...]
Asked about the porcelain vases, Margaret Greeves, the museum's assistant director, said: "They are in very, very small pieces, but we are determined to put them back together."
The museum declined to say what the vases were worth.
Sounds like something I would do. The falling and breaking, I mean. Not the whole declining-to-assign-a-value thing.