I've broken my share of rods, or had them broken. A few of my "favorites"
Fishing at Allison Point, my wife was watching me and hanging out. Caught my first ever pink salmon and she wanted to take a pic. Set the rod down, long story short "Someone" stepped on my brand new telescopic rod and broke 18 inches off the end. Not deterred, I fished the next couple hours and caught a lot of pinks on a shortened rod.
Brand new rod #2: fishing in N. Ontario with a friend, new premium Cabela's rod. Loading back up into the car, parked in the brush, I didn't realize I left the tip sticking out. When he closed his door that was the end of that....
Favorite all time rod : My sister in law was asking me about fishing one time as I got my gear around. She said "you're not going salmon fishing with that?" My St. Croix rod didn't look real hefty, especially in the tip, but it had great flexibility. I said watch this, and proceeded to bend it in a tight arc. SNAP Not my brightest moment.