Monday, December 16, 2013

Oh Clive Palmer, you crazy bastard...

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... I'm not sure whether I love you or I'm terrified of you.

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.

16 comments:

  1. And I thought Disneyworld was scary!

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  2. Oh I love it. In one big swipe you could change the face of every city, town or centre. We could have with the dinosaurs chasing everyone all over the place. I wonder if he could also add some fire which comes out of the mouth, he can afford it!

    Can you imagine what would happen if someone sneaked it at night and stole the remote controls, ha ha ha. That's what I call FUN...

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  3. Wasn't there an episode of the Simpsons where they go to a theme park and the animatronic Itchy and Scratchy go bonkers? I'm imagining that with big ass dinosaurs. At least he's a fun eccentric millionaire and not one of those "purchase my political agenda..." Oh, wait, he is one of those too? Well, let's just hope he takes the maiden voyage of the Titanic II before he causes any more damage.

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  4. Holy shit! Rich but no bloody common sense at all this is bound to go so very wrong quickly

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  5. This will be an interesting development to follow, even though I'm not as into dinosaurs as most other people seem to be.

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  6. Wow. I'm thinking this idea is either really brilliant, or incredibly stupid. I can't decide which. Either way, you can bet I'll be watching the headlines for the moment when this whole thing blows up in someone's face...

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  7. If he wants to donate funds to semi noble causes I have student loans that won't even put a dent in 895 million but will allow me to purchase another home and let mom overwhelm this one with her crap.

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  8. Maybe one of the dinosaurs will eat Clive Palmer. We can always hope.

    Love,
    Janie

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  9. Nothing can go wrong go wrong go wrong.......!!

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  10. Yep, definitely Jurassic Park.

    Although I remember a small dinosuar park on the Sunshine Coast wayyyy back in the 80s when I lived there. It was owned by the family of a girl in my class and it had a few huge dinos but a lot of other things as well.

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  11. I've read about the crazy Titanic plans, but the dinosaurs are new to me.

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  12. So you know, if my net worth ever comes close to $894 or $895 million -- I'll just be saying: essentially a billionaire

    !!

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  13. I'm looking forward to his working replica of the Hindenburg.

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  14. Our rich guys build replicas of Noah's Ark and dinosaur museums that show people riding dinosaurs. Australia wins!

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  15. I had to snort-giggle with this post. Thank you for that. At least they're not LIVE dinosaurs with their own appetites to fulfill. Thank goodness for that. And by the way I never heard about this park! Wow.

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  16. I guess you can buy just about anything with $895 million dollars including dinosaurs. I suppose if there are any problems, Mr. Palmer has some good albeit pricy lawyers.

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