When the organizers of "Domino Day" in Amsterdam set about breaking their own record for falling dominoes, they overlooked something -- an open window. A sparrow flew in and knocked over 23,000 dominoes. The damage could have been worse since workers were in the process of setting up 4.3 million dominoes for Friday night's record attempt. Fortunately for the domino people, they had prepared for a mishap by deliberately leaving 750 gaps in the chain. Unfortunately for the sparrow, an exterminator killed the bird with an air rifle.
(insert your own joke about smoking legalized marijuana and watching dominoes fall for several hours -- or about how legalized prostitution should give the Dutch better ways to spend a Friday night)
Judging from these photos (click on each photo to see the next), it's a pretty elaborate, artistic show. No, these are not your father's black dominoes with white dots. It looks like they have a literary theme, at least this year, with Don Quixote, Pinocchio, the Hunchback of Notre Dame and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea represented, among others. (hat tip to Ross for leading me in English to the German (corrected) site)
By the way, this spectacle is put on by Endemol, the same company that has foisted the reality TV programs Big Brother and Fear Factor on American audiences. I guess I'd rather sit through three hours of dominoes falling than three minutes of someone eating a sausage made of live leaches.