Inside The Olympics Opening Ceremony Dress Rehearsal

Spoilers abound, so don't read this if you don't want to know what those nine live geese and other livestock that have been cast for this momentous affair get up to.

The 2012 Olympic Games open tomorrow night in London. (Okay, there have been some soccer matches already — including an incident where the North Korean womens' team refused to leave their dressing room for over an hour after Olympic officials mistakenly raised the South Korean flag instead of their country's own — but let's not quibble.) Expect a very British bang to kick things off: the Opening Ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame, which tells the story of much of Great Britain's history.

A scale model of the ceremony's luscious green set.

Though we know the show will be split into three acts and set against a twee version of the pastoral countryside, very little of the ceremony's specifics have been released, though photos of the rehearsal are leaking. The British press and the show's director are asking all involved to "save the surprise" — they even made the phrase into a Twitter hashtag, which is now trending with likely-factual tidbits about the event interspersed with likely-faux-spoilers including reports of the queen flying in on wires; Justin Bieber being set aflame by the torch; and "Piers Morgan being torn apart by horses." If only.

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