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Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow

Friday, Nov. 25, 2005 9:47 PM

This item took place earlier this month. In short, while folks were busy setting up dominos to break the world record for domino-toppling, a hapless sparrow got into the exhibition hall and knocked down 23,000 dominos.

For its heinous, callous act, the bird was shot dead with an air pellet gun.

Unfortunately, said sparrow is on an endangered species list, and environmental advocates are saying the domino folks should face charges.

"That bird was flying around and knocking over a lot of dominoes. More than 100 people from 12 countries had worked for more than a month setting them up," one organizer is quoted as saying.

Now, I enjoy seeing domino-toppling art as much as the next person, but come on - isn't this a little much?

-- 23,000 dominos is barely one-half of one percent of the 4,321,000 domino pattern. (After kicking around some more numbers, that could be around 11 days' labor to recoup.)

�- Additionally, the organizers are the folks who already hold the world record for domino toppling.

-- What on earth, if you're concerned about prematurely knocking over dominos, are you doing firing a pellet gun? What about the dead sparrow? (And if it wasn't flying near or over the domino layout, did it still warrant being shot?)

These clowns shot a bird that was doing nothing more than being a bird.

But in addition to prosecuting them, I believe the Guiness Book of World Records should disqualify their attempt, as they broke the law in the process.

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Brin - 2005-11-26 02:12:36
They make little rubber stops to place between the dominos to prevent accidents like this. If the record-breakers didn't think to do this, I really have no sympathy.