May 10, 2015

Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
Groucho Marx

"Okay, here's the story. I come from the gutter. I know that. I got no education... but that's okay. I know the street, and I'm making all the right connections. With the right woman, there's no stopping me. I could go right to the top."
Tony Montana (Al Pacino), Scarface (1983)

I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 51 of 53)
  • Steven Spielberg wanted a predator as dangerous as the T-Rex so he included the Raptors but combined them with another species, Deinonychus. Spielberg liked the name Velociraptor, but is not very tall, whereas Deinonychus is the size of a human being so Spielberg combined them because they came from the same branch of the dinosaur tree. The Deinonychus has the retractable claw that's as sharp as a box cutter but has smaller teeth than a Raptor. Also, the Deinonychus eats you before it kills you rather than a Raptor, and they hunt in packs and ambush they're victims instead of a Raptor.
  • Raptors are close knit, smart, fast and maneuverable in their choreography more than any dinosaur. They could manipulate things with their fingers, as shown in the film where they learn to manipulate a door handle.
  • The roar of the T-Rex was performed by a male walrus.
  • The first time dinosaurs have been depicted with CGI effects on film. Although CGI has moved on since, Jurassic Park (1993) still holds its own as one of the most thrilling in the field.
  • Harrison Ford has never watched Jurassic Park (1993) all the way through. He was offered the role of Dr Alan Grant but turned it down.
  • Hammond says "yahoo" in the helicopter; Steven Spielberg had dinner with the founder of Yahoo! two years later.
  • The T-Rex is thought of as king of the dinosaurs.
  • Michael Crichton adapted the script from his own bestseller.
  • Dr Wu is the park's chief geneticist in the novel.
  • Steven Spielberg wanted the dinosaurs to be life-size at first, but deemed the idea too expensive and unconvincing.
  • Some of the film's changes to the novel were criticized, like having Malcolm's character voice all of Michael Crichton's ethical concerns in the novel.
  • In a 2010 poll, Entertainment Weekly rated Jurassic Park the greatest Summer movie of the last 20 years.
  • Since the Gallimimuses were precursors to birds, they had sophisticated flocking mechanisms; the parents keep the smaller ones in the middle of the group for protection. Details like that enhanced the scene subliminally.
  • Steven Spielberg's first toy was a Triceratops which led to a fascination with dinosaurs since they don't exist anymore; this interest culminated in Jurassic Park the movie
  • Isla Nublar is supposed to be off Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. However there are no islands of any size west of Costa Rica for more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km).

  • Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
    J. K. Rowling

  • If you took a standard slinky and stretched it out it would measure 87 feet.
  • Rebecca Elizabeth Marier was the first woman to graduate "top of the class" at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy. The rankings are based on academic, military, and physical accomplishments.
  • Jean Marie Butler was the first woman graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1980. She also was the first woman to graduate from any U.S. service academy.

  • Henry was out walking one day. He met his father-in-law's only daughter's mother-in-law. What did Henry call her?

    The other day I held the door open for a clown. I thought it was a nice jester.

    Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.

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