April 2, 2015


I've always found it very sanitary to be broke.
Orson Wells



"Don't you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn't marry a girl just because she's pretty, but my goodness, doesn't it help?"
— Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)



"I would have made a good Pope."
Richard M Nixon



MOVIE TRIVA
Jurassic Park (1993) (part 13 of 53)
  • Fred Sorenson was the pilot who flew the crew off Kauai when the hurricane hit during production. He played Jock, the pilot who flew Indiana Jones away in the opening scene of The Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), also directed by Steven Spielberg.
  • This is the movie that inspired BBC's Tim Haines to produce the groundbreaking dinosaur documentary series Walking with Dinosaurs (1999) and its various follow-ups. But it also made his and the animators' job at Framestore harder, as people have already had an idea of what dinosaurs "should" look and move like.
  • There were so many wires and rigging to control the velociraptor animatrons in the kitchen stalking scene that the child actors had to literally step over and around them while the scene was being filmed. The kitchen set was greatly expanded from the original design to accommodate the velociraptors. Some reports say that all of the dinosaurs in the kitchen scene were computer-generated.
  • Before Steven Spielberg decided to use animatronic dinosaurs and computer-generated effects, he wanted to use stop motion animation for the dinosaur effects and had Phil Tippett put together a short demo of the kitchen scene using claymation dinosaurs (Barbie dolls were substituted for the actual actors).
  • For the part where the T-Rex catches a Galliminus and shakes it in his mouth, the sound was taken from a dog shaking a toy in its mouth.
  • In the book, the sick animal is a Stegosaurus, said by Ian Malcolm to be sick because the Jurassic era air had more oxygen than the Holocene, part of the chaos theory.



  • A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
    B. F. Skinner



  • Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  • The height and width of modern American battleships was originally determined by insuring they had to be able to go beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and through the Panama Canal.
  • Nobody knows where the body of Voltaire is. It was stolen in the nineteenth century and has never been recovered. The theft was discovered in 1864, when the tomb was opened and found empty.



  • Fill in the blanks using the same three letters at the end as at the beginning in the same order to find a place where water flows free:
    _ _ _ ERGRO _ _ _



    Benjamin Franklin
    - “An old Man in a House is a good Sign.”



    "I can resist anything except temptation."



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