1The little girl who broke a 2,000-year-old vase at the Israel Museum
In 2015, a young girl visiting the Israel Museum managed to break a 2,000-year-old glass vase, but the museum isn't "falling to pieces" over the loss. That's because the repair job has the vessel looking better than before, according to reports.
The girl apparently clutched the case holding the 2,000-year-old vase, dislodging it and causing it to fall and break along an old crack it already had.
The Roman-era vase is part of the Robert and Renee Belfer collection, which hosts artifacts from ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire and the Byzantine period.
2The kid who destroyed a $15,000 Lego Sculpture
To look but not touch proved to be too much for one young boy at a Lego show in southern China. Within the first hour of the expo in Ningbo, he pushed over a human-sized Lego sculpture and sent its pieces toppling to the ground.
The artwork, an intricate statue of a fox named Nick from the animated Disney film Zootopia, took three days to create and cost more than $15,000. The artist, identified as "Mr. Zhao," chronicled the experience on social media, posting pictures that showed him building the Lego sculpture, brick by brick. The last image shows the statue in pieces. Zhao accepted the parents' apology for the actions of their son—thought to be 4 or 5 years old—and did not request compensation.
3The kid who caused a full minute of dead air while touring an NPR studio on "take your child to work day"
A "junior journalist" caused a full minute of dead air on NPR after getting too close to the control panel on "take your child to work day." An email that had been sent from an NPR engineer to fellow employees said a child, who has not been named, managed to cause a minute-long drop-off of audio during a studio tour. NPR's broadcast of Morning Edition was on when the dead air occurred.
NPR's Code Switch lead blogger and former managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices, Gene Demby, tweeted the incident after it happened.
4The boy who tripped in a museum and punched a hole through $1.5m painting
A 12-year-old Taiwanese boy lived out a slapstick nightmare in 2015 when he tripped in a museum and broke his fall with a painting, smashing a hole in it. Exhibition organizers said the painting was a 350-year-old Paolo Porpora oil on canvas work called Flowers, valued at $1.5m.
Footage released by the organizers of the Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius exhibition in Taipei shows the boy—in shorts, trainers, and a blue Puma T-shirt while holding a drink—walk past the still life, catch his foot and stumble over. He looks up at the painting—shown later to have a fist-sized gash at the bottom—and freezes before looking around at other people in the room.
The organizers will not ask the boy's family to pay for the restoration costs. The exhibition organizer, Sun Chi-Hsuan, said the boy was very nervous but should not be blamed and the painting, part of a private collection, was insured.
5The kid who fell into a gorilla cage and caused a media stir
A weekend outing at the Cincinnati Zoo turned tragic when a 3-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling into a gorilla enclosure, and zoo workers had to kill the rare gorilla to protect the boy. He crawled through a barrier and fell an estimated 10 to 12 feet into the moat surrounding the habitat. The fall did not seriously injure him.
The boy was with the 400-pound animal for about 10 minutes before the zoo's Dangerous Animal Response Team deemed the situation "life-threatening" and shot the gorilla.
Online commenters criticized the parents of the boy for not watching him more closely. A Facebook group called Justice for Harambe was created and gathered more than 100 "likes" in less than two hours. "This page was created to raise awareness of Harambe's murder on 5/28/16," the page states. "We wish to see charges brought against those responsible!"
6The kid who broke 221-year-old vase an English museum
Everybody makes mistakes—that's what this understanding English museum's staff wants one child to know after a little slip-up during his visit.
A young boy visited Christchurch Mansion, a museum in Ipswich, Suffolk, with some relatives last summer and accidentally knocked over an antique jug. The child, whose name is unknown and is thought to have been about 4 or 5 years old at the time, was crushed.
However, the jug has since been put back together thanks to Carrie Willis, a duty officer, and the museum staff is now searching for the child to let him know that everything's A-OK.
The piece, which is about 221 years old, had broken into 65 pieces as a result of the accident. Willis, under the direction of the museum's conservation officer, Bob Entwistle, put together the 18th-century Delft puzzle jug.
7The baby who bought a car while using her father's phone
The next time a toddler asks to play with your smartphone, you might want to think twice. A 14-month-old girl went on a shopping spree on eBay on her father's phone and ended up buying a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite. Her father, Paul Stoute of Portland, Oregon, was surprised to receive an email from eBay congratulating him on his purchase and requesting payment for the transaction.
"I thought it was a phishing email—one of those where people try to steal your information, that kind of thing," he said. But it wasn't a scam—his daughter had indeed made the purchase for $242. As the price suggests, the car requires a lot of work, although a Sprite in good condition can fetch a considerable amount.
Stoute plans to keep the car, restore it and to give to his daughter for either her 16th birthday or as a high school graduation present.