Kotaku reports that an informal poll they ran returned the number 338. That rather large number represents those of about 5700 reporting Wii users that had their wii-mote strap break and therefore cause their controller to fly across the room. Considering that this gadget has been out less than a fortnight, that seems like one of those things I referred to when I recommended to all my geek friends to hold out a few months and wait for the bugs and flaws and faults to emerge before purchase. But I digress. Apparently the instruction manual states that players are required to wear the strap during play, and some conspiracy theorists I know claim that the wii-motes have sensors that report to Nintendo when you are not using them in the proscribed manner.
Anyway, see the breakage in action at YouTube. The moral of the story here of course is do not get excited and slippery when playing with your wii-mote.
PS- Clubbing seals is very bad and I am not in favor of it. Save the seals, OK?