March 22, 2015

We are tomorrow's past.
Mary Webb

"If this refrigerator gets any more fish in it, it will swim upstream and spawn all by itself."
Maida Rutledge (Eve Arden), Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
H. G. Wells

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 2 of 53)
  • Both the film and the book generated so much interest in dinosaurs that the study of paleontology has had a record increase in students, and interest in general has skyrocketed, and has been at an all-time high ever since.
  • Harrison Ford turned down the role of Dr. Alan Grant.
  • Steven Spielberg was so confident with this film that he started making his next film (Schindler's List (1993)), placing post-production in the hands of George Lucas.
  • Years after this film wrapped, it was discovered due to fossil impressions of velociraptor skin that they were feathered, implying that Grant was indeed right that they evolved into birds.
  • When Hurricane Iniki hit, the cast and crew were all required to move into the ballroom of the hotel they were staying in. Richard Attenborough, however, stayed in his hotel room, and slept through the entire event. When asked how he could possibly have done this, Attenborough replied, "My dear boy, I survived the blitz!"
  • Steven Spielberg wanted the velociraptors to be about 10 feet tall, which was taller than they were known to be. During filming, paleontologists uncovered 10-foot-tall specimens of raptors called Utahraptors.
  • Universal paid Michael Crichton $2 million for the rights to his novel before it was even published.

  • Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
    Edward Abbey

  • Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer was conceived by author Robert May in 1939. Two other names he thought of before deciding on Rudolph were Reginald and Rollo.
  • Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895. The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles.
  • The name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box is Bingo.
  • According to Scientific American magazine: if you live in the northern hemisphere, odds are that every time you fill your lungs with air at least one molecule of that air once passed thru Socrates lungs.

  • Which does not belong in this group:
    Apple, Grape, Banana, Cherry, Pear

    A prisoner's favorite punctuation mark is the period. It marks the end of his sentence.

    The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for

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