The Olympics So Far
Status: Miscellaneous1) The school child who walked at the front of the Chinese team during the opening ceremonies (he was a survivor of the Sichuan earthquake) was carrying an upside-down Chinese flag. Why is debatable. Maybe it was an innocent mistake, or maybe it was a coded message of "great distress" (as upside-down flags mean in nautical convention). Whatever the reason, the Chinese media cropped the upside-down flag out of the photos they showed Chinese audiences.
2) The opening ceremonies included a massive fireworks display. But what was shown to television audiences was a pre-recorded, computer-generated shot of fireworks. This was done because of "potential dangers in filming the display live from a helicopter." I've seen plenty of televised fireworks displays, but I've never heard that excuse before.
[Update: According to stuff.co.nz, the fake fireworks occurred during the sequence when firework "footprints" were going off in a series over the city of Beijing, tracked from a helicopter and leading right up to the stadium. When I watched the ceremony, I remember the NBC commentators noting that the sequence was a computer generated graphic. This is more understandable to me. When I read the yahoo sports article, I got the impression that it was the fireworks directly over the stadium that had been faked.]
3) The ceremonies concluded with a dramatic torch-lighting stunt. As this was happening, a projection of the Microsoft "blue screen of death" mysteriously appeared on the roof of the stadium. Some programmer's mistake, apparently. This really happened.
And a fourth item to note (Thanks, Nick): the little girl who sang "Ode to the Motherland" was lip-synching. The AP reports:
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I like 1 and 3 but not 2Posted by Silvar in Philipines on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 06:02 AM
1 ius probably fake rally fake
1 ius probably fake rally fake
There are also reports that the 9-year old girl who was shown singing in the opening ceremony did not provide the voice:Posted by Nick D in USA on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 07:43 AM
That's what you get when you buy your copy of Vista for $10 on the streets of Bejing.Posted by ktownson on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 09:43 AM
Not sure that this qualifies as a "hoax", but I've also seen reports that NBC rearranged the order that it showed various country's teams parading into the stadium. To the point where the US team can be seen lined up on the infield well before they were actually shown entering the stadium.Posted by TexasAndroid on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 09:55 AM
all the old ladies at work cared about was Phelp's swimsuit... digital Speedo enhancement, my guessPosted by Hairy Houdini on Wed Aug 13, 2008 at 12:19 AM
The kid isn't carrying the flag upside down - it's a flag on a stick, and there's only one way to carry it. The thing was made wrong. My guess is that the Chinese will be telling each other it was made in the USA.Posted by charlie in VA, USA on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 12:43 AM
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