The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 May 2006

Documented horror

I can't pass up an item titled "I ruined the Constitution":

We went to the National Archives to see the Magna Carta and Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They're kept in a darker room under special lights in special glass cases and all that. No flash photography allowed. As we walk into the room, the guard says, "Ladies, there's no line system," and boy was he right, but there should be, because some people were seriously hogging some documents. One thing this trip taught me is that while I'm way into America, not so big on Americans. Like the one lady in front of me who wanted to take twenty pictures of the Constitution from every angle instead of just buying a postcard or looking it up on the freaking internet. So while I waited for my turn in the no-line system, I turned my camera off to save the battery, but when she moved suddenly, I saw my window, turned the camera back on, aimed and shot. And immediately realized that I had forgotten to re-turn off my flash, thus adding my name under Nicolas Cage's on the list of People Who Are No Longer Allowed Near the Constitution.

Wasn't Cage trying to steal the Declaration of Independence?

(Via This Fish Needs a Bicycle.)

Posted at 10:55 AM to Dyssynergy


Can we get, like, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer added to that "no longer allowed near the Constitution" list?

Posted by: McGehee at 9:10 PM on 7 May 2006

...and John McCain?

Posted by: McGehee at 9:11 PM on 7 May 2006

'No line system' Yeah, right. All the documents are in a line and if folks didn't form a line there would be a huge crowd just milling around.

When we were there they never announced the no line policy. I'm assuming that it was close to closing time & they wanted to be sure everyone saw what they wanted to see.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 8:58 AM on 8 May 2006