April 26, 2015

The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if it were.
David Brinkley

[to Sergeant Gabriel, on notifying relatives of a homicide]"Now watch carefully. You're about to become a main character in someone's story of their worst day ever."
Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), The Closer: Slippin" (2008)

A dog is a man's best friend. A cat is a cat's best friend.
--Robert J. Vogel

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 37 of 53)
  • During Muldoon's death scene as well as some of the kitchen scene, the Raptors were played by men in suits.
  • The Dilophosaurus model was made deliberately smaller than the real thing so as not to confuse it with the Raptors. It was nicknamed "Spitter" by Stan Winston's team.
  • The T-Rex model was the largest sculpture ever made by the Stan Winston studio.
  • The Brachiosaurs chewing food (something they never did really) was added to make them seem more docile, like a cow chewing its cud. Also, they had limited vocal capabilities but were given whale song, donkey calls and penguin noise to make them sound melodic.
  • The largest puppet in the film without hydraulics were the Brachiosaur's upper neck and head.
  • A Jurassic Park tourist attraction was unveiled at Dorset's Dinosaur Museum. Also, there's a Jurassic Park log flume ride at Universal Studios in LA; indeed, all of the Universal Parks and Resorts include a theme ride associated with the film. The first was Jurassic Park: The Ride on June 15th, 1996, built after six years of development for $110 million. It was replicated for Universal Studios, Japan in 2001. Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida (a place Hammond wished he had built the real park), has an entire section dedicated to the film that includes the main ride, christened "Jurassic Park River Adventure" and many smaller rides and attractions based on the series. In Universal Studios, Singapore, opened in 2010, the Themed Zone named The Lost World consists mostly of Jurassic Park rides, such as the roller coaster Canopy Flyer and the river rapids Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure.
  • The Brachiosaurs are supposedly the largest dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.

  • A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.
    George Will

  • The first drive-in service station in the United States was opened by Gulf Oil Company - on December 1, 1913, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia, has nearly 68,000 miles of telephone lines.
  • The Cairo Opera House was destroyed by fire in 1970. The Cairo fire station was located inside the same building.

  • Farmer Brown came to town with some watermelons. He sold half of them plus half a melon, and found that he had one whole melon left. How many melons did he take to town?

    The one who invented the door knocker got a No-bell prize.

    "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

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