Now Being Served at the Snack Bar: You! Australian Billionaire Wants to Clone Dinosaur for Real-Life Jurassic Park
Wanted: one hardy strain of dinosaur DNA and an endless supply of lawyers who don't mind using outhouses.
Gawker.com picked up a report from Australia's Sunshine Coast Daily that local billionaire Clive Palmer is in "deep discussion" with the scientists who cloned Dolly the Sheep about producing a real, live dinosaur that he could house at an ambitious resort he's developing in Coolum, in the state of Queensland.
Palmer, who looks like he was cloned from the DNA of John Candy and Sir Richard Attenborough — he played Jurassic Park founder John Hammond in Steven Spielberg's 1993 film adaption of Michael Crichton's novel — also reportedly wants to build a fully functional replica of the Titanic, which suggests to me that this guy is just looking for trouble.
I should also note that Queensland does not need an actual dangerous-ass dinosaur running loose since it is already home to a staggering array of deadly and venomous creatures including the Blue Ring Octopus, the Funnel Web and Red Back spiders, the Saltwater Crocodile and Taipan and Brown snakes.
Palmer has yet to verify this claim, but is reportedly expected to hold a press conference on Friday. Stay tuned.
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