Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Some dinosaur comedy today

First off, this is an absolutely awesome idea! The trailer is hoping to attract funding - will you donate?

VelociPastor Trailer: The Tale Of A Priest Who Turns Into A Dinosaur
The Huffington Post

Every once in a while, something comes into your life that is so perfect you have to take a step back and thank whatever forces move the universe for putting that thing in your path. Such is the case with VelociPastor. Or we should say, such WILL be the case once its director raises the funds to produce the feature-length film.



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Here we've got the Top 10 worst dinosaurs names as selected by About.com - but I've only listed the first 5, you've got to click (to absolutely no advantage of my own) on the link to read them all. For the record, I like monoclonius.

The 10 Worst Dinosaur Names
The Least Impressive Dinosaur Names, from Becklespinax to Uberabatitan
By Bob Strauss
About.com Guide

1. Becklespinax

Life sometimes isn't fair. What's the point of being a 20-foot-long, one-ton carnivore if you're saddled with a name like Becklespinax? Adding insult to injury, "Beckles' spine" (named after the naturalist who discovered it) may have been a close relative of the much cooler Spinosaurus. More about Becklespinax

2. Futalognkosaurus

It sounds like a hot dog--and don't even get us started about that "g" before the "n," which is usually misspelled--but Futalognkosaurus was actually one of the biggest titanosaurs that ever lived, measuring a full 100 feet from head to tail. Too bad about that name, though.

3. Leaellynasaura

It seems unchivalrous to make fun of a dinosaur named after a little girl (the daughter of paleontologist Patricia Vickers-Rich). But nobody outside Australia, and probably very few people in it, know how to pronounce "Leaellynasaura," and even those who do probably have no idea how it's spelled.

4. Monoclonius

As a general rule, it's not a good idea to give a dinosaur a name that sounds like an obscure, fatal disease. Too bad about Monoclonius, because this ceratopsian (horned, frilled dinosaur) could have given Triceratops a run for its money, if only it didn't sound like a low-rated episode of House.

5. Mymoorapelta

Paleontologists often like to name dinosaurs after the geographical locations where they were found, often with unpronounceable results. The early ankylosaur Mymoorapelta references Colorado's Mygatt-Moore quarry; a better tribute might have been a name that people could actually remember.
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This little girl is going to grow up to be an awesome adult!

World's Youngest Art Critic Upset About MoMA's Lack Of Dinosaurs
Gothamist.com
Jen Carlson


Tiny art critic Annabelle stopped by MoMA [Museum of Modern Art, NYC] earlier this year and says that while she did get chance to see a thought-provoking collection that included "a coat closet, trash, and two water fountains," she was ultimately "very disappointed" at the lack of paleontological art. Or as she simply put it: "I did not see a dinosaur."
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For the record, back at the Nobleton Library, I had a book called "Mamenchisaurus" "presented" by me, which probably means my mom made a donation to the library, but I'm not sure. I went back there recently (within the past year) and that book is no longer there. I can only hope that it's in the King circulation, and is just temporarily out at some other library in King Township.

Museum Seeks Smaller Name For Mega Dinosaur
DNAinfo.com
Leslie Albrecht

Canty said the museum is looking for creative name suggestions that "befit the dignity" of the massive Mamenchisaurus, which scientists believe ate about 100,000 calories a day, or about 1,150 pounds of plant matter.

"She's an actual animal that lived 165 million years ago," Canty said. "She's very important and she has a lot of history we want it be a name that fits her."
NOTE": the judging was to be finished on June 7, but I can't find any record of what the winning name was. YOU get bonus points if you can figure it out.

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