By Ellen Huber
A two-ton copper bell fell in a temple in Shandong, China late last week, trapping an unsuspecting tourist underneath it. Other tourists are reported to have been spinning the bell, causing the rope supporting it to snap at the exact moment the tourist, Van Lin, stood directly below it.
Lin (who is now officially the world’s luckiest or unluckiest tourist, depending on how you look at it) was trapped but remarkably uninjured. His friends initially attempted to move what would be claustrophobic person’s personal bell-shapped hell, but failed and had to wait for the rescue crew.
Reports differ as to whether Lin was either posing for a picture beneath the bell or studying the inside of the giant historical artifact when it crashed. If it was the former, he sure has some more memorable photographs as a result of this accident now. If it was the latter, he definitely got the close-up investigation he was looking for.
Upon their arrival on the scene after a gruelling two hours, it took rescuers five minutes to lift the extremely valuable, extremely historical bell and free Lin.
The bell was not only so large that Lin fit inside it unharmed after the crash, he was able to communicate with his friends and the rescue crew from inside.
As evidenced in the photographs, Lin had quite a sense of humor about his unbelievable situation, even smoking a cigarette through an opening in the bell’s curved rim.