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Update on Domino Day

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:



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."   


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Nov. 24th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
So that's the whole sparrow story? And what do they mean by "a Dutch television claimed to have knocked down..." I thought you used "claim" to show you're doubting what someone else might have said? Because if that's what they mean, I really don't like the sound of that.

Nov. 24th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
Maybe they were throwing into doubt the fact that they didn't actually see the dominoes being knocked over, or the sparrow shooting. Karen, tell us, what is the NYTimes take on endangered species? ;-)

Oh, and I'm really sorry, but the poor sparrow has me rotfl. I know I shouldn't, but I am!
Nov. 25th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC)
You do use "claim" that way. But it can also simply mean that the Dutch show is saying that they've accomplished this new record-setting feat, but their claim (their story) hasn't been independently verified yet.
Nov. 24th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Domino Day being big deal in Europe? *scratches head* Those people don't have anything else to do of their lives? Okay, I didn't even know there was a Domino Day, I thought you were talking about the movie here *giggles*
Nov. 25th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC)
Ask Mouse about it. She seems to be the one who's heard of it.
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