The new light bulbs have mercury. I have no idea what you are to do if you drop one in the house and it breaks. Sounds dangerous to me.
P.S.: This does seem to be a big to-do about something small. Yes, you need to use care when cleaning up a broken CFL bulb, but don’t let it panic you! Just use good common sense and take the safety precautions listed above.
They make darling little vases. Leave them as they are, or give them a quick coat of spray paint. Add some water and smaller flowers for a beautiful table arrangement. Or scatter these little arrangements throughout the house on bookshelves, tables and counters. Adds a pop of color to any room!