April 18, 2015

New Year's Day is every man's birthday.
Charles Lamb

"Do you ever get the feeling that there's something going on that we don't know about?"
— Timothy Fenwick, Jr (Kevin Bacon), Diner (1982)

"Know thyself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
- Ann Landers

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 29 of 53)
  • There were two animatronic Tyrannosaurus built for filming. One was the full-body version, the other only consisted of a head and was used for closeups.
  • Laura Linney auditioned for the role of Ellie Sattler.
  • The Franchi SPAS-12 shotguns used by Robert Muldoon and Alan Grant in the film have the first generation stock option. The first generation shotgun stock was designed so that a spring loaded stud mounted on the interior of the stock locked into the rear sight. By pulling this stud rearward it clears the sight and the stock can be unfolded. Muldoon can clearly be seen depressing this stud when he is hunting the Velociraptors moments before his famous "clever girl" last words.
  • Juliette Binoche was offered the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler, but she turned it down in order to make Three Colors: Blue (1993) with Krzysztof Kieslowski.
  • The release strategy was planned 15 months before the studio had the chance to see a frame of the movie.
  • The picture that can be seen taped to programmer Dennis Nedry's computer monitor is of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The picture is partly obscured by a post-it with an atomic bomb mushroom cloud drawn on it.
  • The sound of the Raptor egg cracking was really a cracking ice cream cone; the sound of the goo on the Raptor was a cantaloupe; the sound of the Raptor skin was a wet pineapple. These were all mixed together.
  • Brachiosaurus means "arm lizard" and was one of the largest animals ever. They were called sauropods. The Brachiosaur was one of the few dinosaurs in the film that lived in the Jurassic period, 200 million years ago, but it was the Triassic that launched the age of dinosaurs. Tim also calls them Brontosauruses, which means "thunder lizard".
  • Universal's Stage 24 became the industrial size kitchen set. Stan Winston's team manipulated every moving part of the full size Raptors while Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello cowered in a corner.

  • Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Catherine de Medici was the first woman in Europe to use tobacco. She took it in a mixture of snuff.
  • Historians claim that the first valentine was a poem sent in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London at the time. In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine's cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialized. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14.
  • In 1969 the Navy spent $375,000 on an "aerodynamic analysis of the self-suspended flare." The study's conclusion was that the Frisbee was not feasible as military hardware

  • With pointed fangs it sits in wait,
    Over bloodless victims proclaiming its might,
    Eternally joining in a single bite.
    What am I?

    Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.

    “Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes.”

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