March 28, 2015

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"don't think there's one word that can describe a mans life."
— Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), Citizen Kane (1941)

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 18 of 53)
  • The highest-grossing film of 1993; it outdid Steven Spielberg's own E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) as the then biggest success in film history. It would hold that record until Titanic (1997), and then James Cameron would also outperform himself with the release of Avatar (2009).
  • Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Ian Malcolm.
  • The Triceratops dung didn't smell at all; it was made of clay, mud and straw. It was drizzled in honey and papayas so flies would swarm near it.
  • Except for some very brief glimpses in the opening scene, the adult velociraptors - often cited as the most memorable dinosaurs in this film - don't make an on-screen appearance until over 103 minutes into the movie.
  • The crew were caught in a very dangerous Hurricane, Hurricane Iniki which hit the island of Kauai. The film-makers managed to capture shots from the Hurricane and use it in the movie. This incident was told in a recent episode of Storm Stories.
  • When Nedry is stealing the dinosaur embryos there is one labeled a Brontosaurus. Brontosaurus was not a real dinosaur but one named by a paleontologist that had the wrong skull on his specimen. The correct skull for the animal was found by a different scientist and it was then called the Apatosaurus.
  • Ariana Richards was upset by the fact that an action figure of her character was not produced. (Kenner only made dolls of Grant, Sattler, Muldoon, Nedry, Tim, and eventually Malcolm.)
  • In the scene where the survivors are crawling through vent spaces, the computer monitors are shining on the raptor after them. This is usually mistaken as being the shadows from the air vents. It's the letters GATC, the four letters used to denote the components of DNA.

  • Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
    W. Clement Stone

  • St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.
  • It's rumored that sucking on a copper penny will cause a breathalyzer to read 0.
  • According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction.

  • What is the next letter in the series: "B, C, D, E, G,..."? Why?

    America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.

    “My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long”

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