The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was the scene of an unfortunate accident last week. An art student slipped and fell into the very valuable Picasso painting The Actor, causing damage to the canvas.
"Everybody now thinks I'm a klutz," the woman whined. "But it wasn't my fault. Not really. I mean, who would have thought a skateboard would be sitting there, right in the middle of the floor, just waiting to trip a poor unsuspecting art student like me, sending me sailing across the floor right under those velvet ropes surrounding the painting. It was like I had been shot out of a cannon."
The woman went on to complain that, although the museum staff and onlookers were very concerned about the damaged painting, no one even offered to help her up. "What a disgrace!" she said. "I mean it was just an old painting, completed 105 years ago. Did they think it would last forever?" She added, "The truth is, I never was especially wild about it anyway. It's a hunk of junk."
Limping from the museum an hour after the accident, the art student was telling anyone who would listen that she wouldn't be back for a return visit. Moreover, she's decided to change her course of studies. Art school is too dangerous, she reported; she now plans on studying something nice and safe. She'll be entering the New York City Police Academy in the fall.