This is one of the reasons I love The New York Times.
A few days ago I read a reference by castalie to Domino Day, which apparently is a big deal in Europe, but which I'd never heard of here in the States. Then, lo and behold, I found the following item in Saturday's NY Times:
THE NETHERLANDS: SPARROW HAUNTS DOMINO EVENT
A Dutch television show claimed to have knocked down a chain of more than 4.1 million dominoes, bettering its own Guinness World Record of 3.9 million set last year, but its organizers conceded that the event was overshadowed by the shooting of an errant sparrow. The sparrow, classified as an endangered species in the Netherlands, was killed by an exterminator with an air rifle on Monday after it knocked down 23,000 of the dominoes. The killing angered animal rights and bird protection groups, and Dutch news media reported that the man who shot the bird had received death threats. More than 5,000 people signed a condolence register on an impromptu Web site set up to honor the bird. The record generated "mixed emotion," the event's producer, Robin Paul Weijers, said, referring to the dead bird. "We all feel terrible about what happened."