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November 23, 2005

Sparrows and Dominos.

I’ve shown recently that I don’t know much about firearms but this jolts a little.

If you can appreciate the importance of such an enterprise then you may begin to understand the organisers' frustration when a sparrow flew into the conference hall and knocked over 23,000 of the dominoes. You may even be able to explain why it was necessary for someone to whip out a rifle and shoot the poor little blighter.

A rifle on a sparrow? Overkill perhaps?

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I am extremely sceptical that anyone could shoot a sparrow in flight with a rifle. And I'm no expert on birds, but sparrows tend to move around a lot and not sit still for long.

Posted by: Tim Newman | Nov 23, 2005 9:28:30 AM

Two questions :-

1. Why did anyone need a rifle at an event such as this? Did they think that the dominoes would take exception to being pushed over and somehow then take out their retribution on the people involved?

2. How good was the security if they allowed gun-toting bird killers into the confernce hall in the first place?

Posted by: wiggles | Nov 23, 2005 9:57:30 AM

Go organic, use a Bird of Prey.

Posted by: Rob Read | Nov 23, 2005 11:27:26 AM

A rifle on a sparrow?

Depends. Was it a .177 air rifle or a 4 bore elephant gun?

Posted by: JonT | Nov 23, 2005 11:34:20 AM

I'll take "air" for $50, please Tim.

Posted by: dsquared | Nov 23, 2005 12:10:35 PM

Overkill? Did you miss this part knocked over 23,000 of the dominoes.?

I would have stuck his remaining feather in a blender after shooting him with an elephant gun.

Posted by: Veeshir | Nov 23, 2005 12:28:55 PM

It's a bloody sparrow, for Christ's sake. Who cares?

And whoever shot it was almost certainly using an air rifle, although a suppressed .22LR carbine with subsonic ammunition would be very effective too.

Posted by: David Gillies | Nov 23, 2005 7:38:12 PM

I tried to guess the city from your post. Alabama.

B'jeezuz It's Amsterdam!!!!

That would explain why they didn't shoot the guy who opened the door for the sparrow.

And, according to CNN it was an air rifle. Perhaps they didn't want to use anything larger for fear of the blast setting off some more dominoes....

Posted by: James B | Nov 23, 2005 9:12:12 PM


I'm with Veeshir on this one.

The sparrow should be grateful that the Dutch don't have nukes.

Posted by: The g-Gnome | Nov 24, 2005 10:49:12 AM