Beijing 2008 opening ceremony surprises

  1. The organizers forgot to thank the American manufacturers Wal-Mart, Mattel and Nike for making the games possible.
  2. The dancers around the field started out energetic but were doing the ‘Vietnamese hoe shuffle’ by the end of the parade of nations.
  3. The footprint fireworks looked fake, the cute manga-looking girl lip-synced and most Chinese made light fixtures actually worked.
  4. The theme of the opening ceremonies covered China’s five great inventions — paper, printing, the compass, gunpowder and slave labour.
  5. The athlete Zhang Yining didn’t cross his fingers while taking the Olympic oath. He also forgot to give the TV audience a surreptitious wink.
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