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Bird Nearly Ruins Dominoes Record Attempt (pays with its life)
AP/Yahoo ^ | Mon Nov 14, 5:01 PM ET

Posted on 11/14/2005 11:05:28 PM PST by martin_fierro

Bird Nearly Ruins Dominoes Record Attempt

Mon Nov 14, 5:01 PM ET

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A sparrow knocked over 23,000 dominoes in the Netherlands, nearly ruining a world record attempt before it was shot to death Monday, the state news agency reported.

The unfortunate bird flew through an open window at an exposition center in the northern city of Leeuwarden where employees of television company Endemol NV have worked for weeks setting up more than 4 million dominoes in an attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for falling dominoes on Friday night.

Only a system of 750 built-in gaps in the chain prevented the bird from knocking most or all of the dominoes over ahead of schedule, "Domino Day" organizers were quoted as saying by the NOS news agency.

The bird was shot by an exterminator with an air rifle while cowering in a corner.

The organizers are out to break their own record of 3,992,397 dominoes set last year with a new record of 4,321,000.


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Some people take their domino toppling very seriously.
1 posted on 11/14/2005 11:05:30 PM PST by martin_fierro
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To: martin_fierro
The bird was shot by an exterminator with an air rifle while cowering in a corner.

Was the bird cowering in the corner, or was the exterminator?

2 posted on 11/14/2005 11:09:29 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: mwyounce

None of the above! It was the gun that was cowering!


3 posted on 11/14/2005 11:22:22 PM PST by Nateman (It's the gun fault! Ask any liberal!)
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To: martin_fierro

Who says the human race doesn't enjoy wasting time.


4 posted on 11/14/2005 11:28:55 PM PST by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (My Homeland Security: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper)
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To: martin_fierro; Calpernia; Howlin; onyx; Southack; Jim Robinson; speedy; Chena

"Some people take their domino toppling very seriously."


Dr. Sigmund Blur will explain this to you:

The sparrow was symbolic of the disenfranchised anarchists, the working class, rising up against the Have-Dominoes.

The elites in the building, the only ones in the story able to carry guns, defended the Bourgeoise status quo and violently put down the Worker's Revolution.

But the sparrows will storm the castle again.

Until then, though, "LET THEM EAT MILLET"


5 posted on 11/14/2005 11:57:37 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: martin_fierro
I just can't picture any domino setup that's worth a life. Even a sparrow's...

We can recreate a domino setup but recreating the bird is way beyond our capabilities.

[Though a good taxidermist could fake it.]

I wonder though- if these dingbats planned to bring a air rifle to a domino event in the first place, why didn't they think ahead and just shut the window?

6 posted on 11/15/2005 12:18:46 AM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: martin_fierro

do air rifles need to be licensed in the NETHERLANDS?


7 posted on 11/15/2005 1:12:08 AM PST by antmanbee
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To: martin_fierro

in U.S.A we would have used something with a bit more firepower...more manly.
air rifle like..Dennis the Menace


8 posted on 11/15/2005 1:16:42 AM PST by antmanbee
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To: martin_fierro

or the KATZEMJAMMER KIDS


9 posted on 11/15/2005 1:19:12 AM PST by antmanbee
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To: antmanbee

Your gonna shoot out your eye, kid!


10 posted on 11/15/2005 2:20:45 AM PST by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: martin_fierro

Lesson learned. When playing with dominoes, always hire an exterminator to be in attendance.


11 posted on 11/15/2005 3:37:42 AM PST by Cagey (Some men are Baptists, others Catholics, my father was an Oldsmobile man.)
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To: martin_fierro

WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
12 posted on 11/15/2005 3:49:18 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Blurblogger

I would pay good money to see a sparrow cowering in the corner. Did he put his wings up over his eyes or what?


13 posted on 11/15/2005 4:11:27 AM PST by speedy
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To: martin_fierro
We must more closely emulate our European allies!(end sarcasm)
14 posted on 11/15/2005 5:13:44 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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I would think a sparrow toppling 23,000 dominoes is a Guinness book record as well...

Were these folks just selfish that they didn't want to share the credit?

15 posted on 11/15/2005 5:30:33 AM PST by Cliff Dweller ("get thar fustest with the mostest." GEN NB Forrest)
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath

I tried to think of something more boring to do than fool around with dominobricks... Couldn't think of anything...

If they assembled the dominoes without security-bricks, but with birdies, ferrets and squirrels locked inside the building however; now that would be an extreme sport worth watching! If the dutch girls also wore thight tank-tops I would even consider to participate...


16 posted on 11/15/2005 6:28:42 AM PST by Kurt_Hectic (Trust only what you see, not what you hear)
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To: Cliff Dweller
I would think a sparrow toppling 23,000 dominoes is a Guinness book record as well...

True dat!

These people were clearly of the "glass half empty" variety.

17 posted on 11/15/2005 8:29:31 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: piasa
I just can't picture any domino setup that's worth a life. Even a sparrow's...

I don't know if the Dutch (or even Dutch media company Endemol NV) are helping out in the War on Terror, but if they're not, an event like this should give them something to reflect on.

Genocidal tyrant = untouchable
Domino-pushing sparrow = KILL!

???

18 posted on 11/15/2005 8:35:09 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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"I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me."

Somebodys in trouble with the big guy now.


19 posted on 11/15/2005 8:43:53 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Now that taglines are cool, I refuse to have one.)
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To: martin_fierro

Good point


20 posted on 11/15/2005 6:08:40 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Cliff Dweller
I would think a sparrow toppling 23,000 dominoes is a Guinness book record as well...

I can believe that- perhaps Old Europe's too senile to think up that angle.

21 posted on 11/15/2005 6:12:46 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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