The Summer Olympics are back, and the good people of London are ready to put on a show for the rest of the world to see.
The Games have already begun with a couple of days of soccer competition already in the books, but the unofficial start will come Friday with the Opening Ceremony.
The ceremony, which won't be streamed or broadcasted live in order for NBC to make it a primetime event for Friday evening, is expected to be the latest attempt for a host city to show off for the rest of the world.
The ceremonies have become increasingly lavish as the years have gone on and this year is expected to be no different.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that the Brits have quite a show scheduled with British pop legend Paul McCartney ready to perform. He's not the only one who'll be there, though. The ceremony is expected to honor British culture past and present, with a heavy emphasis on the nation's illustrious literary history.
There will reportedly be homages to Alice and Wonderland and Peter Pan. Current literature will be involved, too, as Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series is also reportedly set to make an appearance. Naturally, He Who Must Not Be Named is expected to be featured in a showdown with the magical nannies from Mary Poppins.
There will also be 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens and nine geese. What they will do, however, is unknown, but when you involve that kind of livestock, it's going to be a good time.
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Smile. Football is back.
"We're not uncomfortable in our bikinis."
–U.S. beach volleyball player Jen Kessy on the decision to wear bikinis at this year's Games
— amy davis (@Cassbox2020) July 26, 2012
No idea how the Olympic torch will be lit, but it probably won't be as awesome as this blast from the past