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Inner Mongolia sets human domino world record

In an event seemingly designed specifically to guarantee a write-up on Passport, 10,276 people in China’s city of Ordos, in Inner Mongolia, formed the world’s largest human domino chain yesterday, besting the previous record of 9,234 Singaporeans desperate for a Passport mention. The event  just gets better: Chinese basketball icon and former NBA center Mengke ...

In an event seemingly designed specifically to guarantee a write-up on Passport, 10,276 people in China’s city of Ordos, in Inner Mongolia, formed the world’s largest human domino chain yesterday, besting the previous record of 9,234 Singaporeans desperate for a Passport mention.

The event  just gets better: Chinese basketball icon and former NBA center Mengke Bateer, who ESPN informs me averaged 3.4 points per game over his career, kicked off the chain by passing a basketball to the first "domino."

The volunteers, mostly high school students, spelled out "Beautiful Ordos." If they spell out "Passport" next time, I think I can get them on the front page.

David Kenner is the Middle East editor at Foreign Policy. He is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and has been with FP since 2009 (a long time, he knows). He worked for FP previously in Cairo, where he covered the early days of the Arab Spring, and before that in Washington. He has attended Georgetown University and the American University of Beirut and has reported from Libya, Egypt, Gaza, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq. @davidkenner

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