I have an unusual relationship with the Liberty Bell . It almost got me arrested. I was in Philadelphia on business, and a group of us were walking around the city late at night when we passed Independence Hall . I wanted to take a picture of the patriotic relic and stepped up to the fence surrounding the enclosure.
I couldn’t get close enough, so I climbed the fence, swung a leg over to keep my balance, and perched to get a better angle.
And that’s when I heard shouts and heavy footsteps moving quickly in our direction and felt my buddy Andrew grab me and pull me off the fence.
Apparently, it’s a federal crime to get too close to national treasures. Or so the federal guards told me.
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