The 10 Craziest Moments of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

The Industrial Revolution happens.

Once the pastoral scene had run its course, drums shook the air. Industrial workers rushed to remove the grassy scene, revealing a map of London, smoke stacks rose from the ground, and steelworkers began forging golden Olympic rings, which, molten and sparking were then hoisted into the air to be suspended above the performers. To great effect, we thought. Photo credit: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press