First we had to peer through the smog and pollution, to be told by Chinese authorities it wasn't smog - it was "just another misty day" in downtown Beijing.
Then we were told the fireworks display, beamed around the world for the opening ceremony, was all computer wizardry, "because of poor visibility."
The BBC has kindly reported the whole sorry saga here.
Apparently the organisers needed a girl who was "flawless" with a good image. "The reason for this is that we must put our country's interest first," said a spokesman.
So, is that giant Chinese basketball player really seven foot tall - or is he on stilts?