For those non-Australians out there, I should probably explain who Clive Palmer is. He's a very rich, very influential, very crazy Australian guy. We're talking about a guy who is said to be worth $895 million (US), who is currently building a working replica of the Titanic (cause that ended so well last time), and who tried to become Prime Minister based almost solely on the fact that he was rich ... and actually managed to win a seat!!!
But none of those things are what I'm talking about today. Today I'm terrified, and more than a little bit fascinated, because Clive Palmer officially launched his new Dinosaur Theme Park ... with lifesize animatronic dinosaurs that can be operated by remote control [link].
Oh, you just know this is going to go spectacularly wrong, don't you!
Can you imagine it? Huge ten metre high dinosaurs, controlled by people, running loose around a theme park that will be right next door to a resort (also owned by Palmer). It kind of make me hope that he goes with his original plan to let kids operate the dinos. I can just see it now, some rich guy gets ready to take a swing on the fourth hole on the golf course when suddenly a shadow looms overhead, and he turns around to find himself face to face with a T Rex.
It would definitely add a certain thrill to the game. I might even start watching it.
Just how long do you think it's going to take before we'll have a news headline "Metal Triceratops Kills Two, Injures Six, In Freak Theme Park Tragedy"? Not long, would be my guess.
Seriously, Mr Palmer, did you learn nothing from Jurassic Park? When you try to mix kids and dinosaurs, it never ends well.