Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Boy, those Netherlanders are quite a lot. Via Boortzcomes this article describing an attempt by a Dutch TV station to break the world domino-toppling record:
...employees of TV company Endemol NV had worked for weeks setting up more than 4 million dominoes in an attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for falling dominoes.
Unfortunately, a sparrow flew into the hall and managed to knock over 23,000 of the dominoes. So they shot and killed it. And the reaction?
The Dutch animal protection agency demanded prosecution Tuesday for the shooting of a sparrow that knocked over 23,000 dominoes during an attempt to set a world record.
Prosecution? How, pray tell, does one deal with a bird in an exhibition hall? Point him to the door? Set out a trail of bread crumbs? Birds are, after all, pretty hard to catch, what with that flight thing they do and all. Particularly with 4 million dominoes covering the floor. But that doesn't matter to the activists.
"I think they were awfully fast to pull out a rifle. If a person started knocking over a few dominoes they wouldn't shoot him would they?"

Hans Peeters, director of the Netherlands Bird Protection agency, said the killing was uncalled for.

"They could have captured it or sedated it or something," he said.
Perhaps ironically, Hans has hit on something that would have made better TV than seeing the domino drop. Personally, I would pay good money to see animal rights activists trying to sedate a wild sparrow indoors while simultaneously avoiding 4 million dominoes.


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