Do you have a cat? Did you know that they will literally knock anything off a counter/chair/shelf/table and sit on anything that you want to use? Because they do.
In the bouquet of roses Craig got me for Valentine's day, there was a palm leaf. Penny is so afraid of the leaf that she will not go anywhere near it and if it is even touched, she'll be under the bed immediately.
So, I've been using it to protect my important things** when I have to leave the room.
**Shut up, wine IS an important thing!