Tonights Opening Ceremony is going to be huge...We have a few details about it:
London will have 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens and nine geese -- recruited by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle along with a cast and crew of 10,000 to present a quirky, humorous vision of Britain, its history and future.
We also heard One segment involves actor Daniel Craig’s James Bond, and former Beatle Paul McCartney will lead a sing-along.
Boyle’s "Isles of Wonder" show will celebrate the green and pleasant land of meadows, farms, cottages, village cricket matches and bird song, but also dwell on Britain’s darker industrial past.
One section will feature characters from children’s fiction classics including "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan" -- and a showdown between Lord Voldemort, the villain of J.K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter" books, and a horde of flying magical nannies based on Mary Poppins.
A packed house of thousands of athletes and performers, some 60,000 spectators will pack the Olympic Stadium. Political leaders from around the world, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, and a sprinkling of European and celebrity royalty will also attend.
Here are some Olympics facts.
#1.) The Olympic rings are yellow, green, red, black, and blue because at least one of those five colors appears in every flag in the world.
#2.) At the first modern Olympics, in Athens in 1896, first place finishers got a SILVER medal, not a gold. Second place got a bronze. Third place got nothing.
#3.) At the 1900 Olympics in France, winners got PAINTINGS instead of medals, because the F3ench believed those had more value.
#4.) China's one of the contenders in almost every Olympic event now . . . but they didn't win their first medal until 1984. They won one in the 50 meter pistol event.
#5.) The 1908 Olympics in London lasted for 187 days . . . they started in April and went until October.
#6.) The oldest Olympian ever was 72-year-old Oscar Swahn, who competed for Sweden in shooting at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.
--The youngest was 10-year-old Dimitrios Loundras, who competed in gymnastics for the Greeks in the 1896 Olympics in Athens.
The oldest athlete this year is 71-year-old Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan, who will compete in equestrian. He was also in the 1964 OLYMPICS. The youngest appears to be a 14-year-old fencer from Algeria.
#7.) The heaviest Olympian EVER will compete in judo this year. He's Ricardo Blas Junior of Guam and he weighs 481 pounds.
#8.) At some point, all of these have been Olympic sports: Tug-of-war . . . poodle clipping . . . firefighting . . . solo synchronized swimming (???) . . . delivery van driving . . . live pigeon shooting . . . rope climbing . . . and hot air ballooning.