Ringing a bell seemed a safe photo opportunity for Jeremy Hunt as he sought to show London was ready to host a problem-free Olympic Games in 2012. But the bell broke apart, its base flying into a group of onlookers, just missing one of them.
"My goodness me!" Hunt said, leaping into the crowd to make sure everyone was OK before telling stunned journalists, "You got a little more TV there than you were expecting!"
Hunt, who is now vying to become leader of Britain's Conservative Party and the country's next prime minister, took it well — tweeting the video to his followers.
The gaffe turned into a viral smash, typifying what many consider Hunt's...