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August 13, 2008 10:01 AM

Top 10 Other Things in Beijing That Are Not What They Seem on NBC

Posted by Ron Judd

From today's print column, found here.

Top 10 Other Things in Beijing That Are Not What They Seem on NBC:

10) The "Water Cube" is actually a rhombus.

9) All beach volleyball recorded inside secret warehouse in New Mexico desert.

8) Final torchbearer Li Ning didn't really circumnavigate the top of the Bird's Nest stadium on wires before lighting the cauldron; the stadium rotated around him.

7) The Chinese never actually invented paper; they claimed the honor out of spite after inventing the paper cut.

6) Broadcasts in Bible Belt states inexplicably show women's beach volleyball players wearing long wool skirts.

5) New historical footage shows 1989 Tiananmen Square protester clearly provoking that tank driver.

4) That guy breaking all Mark Spitz's records? Dara Torres with fake sideburns.

3) Every Chinese vase on NBC's main set is sunk 12 inches into the floor to make Bob Costas look at least 5 feet tall.

2) Early rounds of fencing conducted entirely on Nintendo Wii.

1) NBC unearths footage of construction of 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China, broadcasts it with "LIVE" bug in corner of screen.

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