You may recognize the name Clive Palmer, he’s the billionaire genius who thinks that building a replica Titanic is a good idea. But honestly, what else are you going to do with over $8 billion USD in your bank account? How about build a real life Jurassic Park?
Obviously taking nothing in terms of lessons learned from the three Jurassic Park movies, Palmer’s plan is to clone a dinosaur, and let it run wild and free in a penned off part of a resort he’s building in Coolum Beach, Queensland. (That’s Australia for the geographically-challenged.) Between his other ideas for Coolum, which include a casino, a Sky Needle, a giant Ferris wheel, and a sky rail to Mt. Coolum, Clive Palmer is clearly setting himself up as a Springfieldianite. All he’s missing is a Popsicle stick skyscraper and an escalator to nowhere.
Here’s what Palmer’s hometown paper has to say about it:
The controversial billionaire is rumoured to be planning to clone a dinosaur from DNA so he can set it free in a Jurassic Park-style area at his new Palmer Resort in Coolum.
Mr Palmer has, apparently, been in deep discussion with the people who successfully cloned Dolly the sheep to bring his dinosaur vision to life.
…And shortly after, the dinosaur will somehow escape, wreck havoc on the Sunshine coast, and probably eat more civilians than all the Great White Sharks in Australian waters combined. Does that sound cynical? I know our colleague over at Geekologie sounds excited, but I’ve got to say, I’ve seen a lot of monster movies and this is how they start. Also, can’t Palmer put his money to something a little more productive, like curing cancer, or giving everyone in Africa a sandwich?
We’ll keep you posted as to Palmer’s efforts, if only because our Queensland readers should be forewarned if a dinosaur is moving in.