The 10 Craziest Moments of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Last night, the world watched the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Directed by Danny Boyle (of Trainspotting and 127 Hours), the theme, “Isles of Wonder,” came straight from Shakespeare, that enduring heart of British culture. We oohed over the pyrotechnics, delighted at each cultural nod, and wondered where they got the geese — not to mention who convinced the Queen to play along. If you missed it, or if you’re already itching for a recap, click through to check out the ten wildest, craziest, most amazing moments from the opening ceremony, and be sure to let us know what you thought in the comments!

Shakespeare and sheep.

The ceremonies begin in a pastoral scene, complete with maypole, waterwheel and cricket — not to mention sheep, geese, cows, goats and a variety of other animals. Plus, peasants crawling out of a hole in the ground. Yes, this is a relaxed kind of crazy, but pretty crazy nonetheless. Also, there’s Kenneth Branagh playing Sir Isambard Kingdom Brunel playing Caliban out of The Tempest. So, you know. Photo credit: David Gray/Reuters