2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Danny Boyle brings Queen Elizabeth by helicopter and more craziness
The ceremony started with a timeline of various British eras, from a pastoral farm scene to the Industrial Revolution to the Beatles (notably absent -- the American War of Independence). There were live animals, smokestacks, giant inflatable yellow submarines. Also, the Queen parachuted in by helicopter.
The production moved to arts and literature, with a musical journey through Britain's history, a reading by J.K. Rowling and an appearance by a giant Voldemort puppet. And then David Beckham roared down the Thames in a speedboat with the Olympic torch.
We've rounded up some of the best tweets. And we have no doubt there will be a bunch more when the Opening Ceremony airs live in the U.S. starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
I'm embarrassed to be British already #olympicceremony -- imi4n
Wonder if this history of Britain will have closing scenes of the banking scandal #olympicceremony -- andywightman
A giant Thatcher puppets gonna stride in and kick all this down in a minute. #olympicceremony -- DanielSandison
Basically, this is what happens if you throw MILLIONS of pounds at a school play. #OlympicCeremony -- WelshDalaiLama
And now the Queen will lead us in a royal rendition of the Cha Cha Slide. #OlympicCeremony -- gr4sshopp3r
Mr Bean does Chariots of Fire! This is beyond the comprehension of anyone outside Britain and I couldn't give a rat's a*** -- Piers Morgan
JK Rowling just read the world a story. Bow to the real Queen. -- Lord_Voldemort7
With the greatest respect to China - don't think they have quite our musical back catalogue as a nation.... #olympicceremony -- Piers Morgan
And for the ending, we'll be burning One Direction at the stake! #OlympicCeremony -- RickyHaywardX
David Beckham, like a boss. #olympicceremony -- GQRecommends
All we need now is for Adele to run the 100 metre dash -- BriBryonTour
Stay tuned, because at the end of the #OlympicCeremony, Simon Cowell will be evaluating all the performances. -- Ismanhs