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I have no idea how this will be topped. The Ceremonies open with a beyond breathtaking "Fou Formation." What is a Fou Formation? There are 2,008 men on stage simultaneously playing the ancient percussion instrument--made of clay or bronze--known as the Fou, which sounds like, well, like a thunderous drum.

And they are not just playing, but lights are illuminating them to create fabulous formations, such as the last-minute countdown to the opening fireworks. Via the illumination, the fou players formed the numbers 60, 50, 40 on down to 10. Then, as they did 9 through 0, the crowd screamed along with them. Then came some short fireworks, then more drumming, including with flourescent sticks on a darkened stage. Incredible. Could watch this all night.

By Amy Shipley  |  August 8, 2008; 8:03 AM ET
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There's something absolutely ridiculous about the fact that Americans are the only people on the planet who can't watch any of this as it's happening. Good job, NBC.

Posted by: Andy | August 8, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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