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(Guardian)   Dippy the star-spangled dinosaur   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 12
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2013-07-04 07:39:24 PM
Boobies

/does it still say boobies?
 
2013-07-04 07:40:15 PM
Who even likes dinosaurs anyway?
 
2013-07-04 09:15:18 PM

Dinodork: Who even likes dinosaurs anyway?


Seriously.
 
2013-07-04 09:25:55 PM

Hertzfeld: Dinodork: Who even likes dinosaurs anyway?

Seriously.


They still draw crowds
nymag.com
 
2013-07-04 09:39:37 PM

phlegmmo: Hertzfeld: Dinodork: Who even likes dinosaurs anyway?

Seriously.

They still draw crowds
[nymag.com image 560x375]


Keith Richards has been reclassified as a lich.
 
2013-07-04 09:49:15 PM
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GIS Dippy
 
2013-07-04 11:32:45 PM
I like how I passed over the headline then did a double take when I remembered "Dippy- he's in the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh!"  Sure enough per TFA I'm right.

This probably tells you how geeky a child I was and how many times I went to see the dinosaurs in Pittsburgh.

/actually the most amazing dino display I've ever seen anywhere
//ok, maybe tied with the Fields Museum
 
2013-07-05 12:25:57 AM

Andromeda: "Dippy- he's in the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh!"


And yet they didn't include a photo of the big statue outside the museum.

i295.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-05 05:56:39 AM
Oh, I thought it was about the next presidential candidate...
 
2013-07-05 12:53:16 PM

Andromeda: I like how I passed over the headline then did a double take when I remembered "Dippy- he's in the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh!"  Sure enough per TFA I'm right.

This probably tells you how geeky a child I was and how many times I went to see the dinosaurs in Pittsburgh.

/actually the most amazing dino display I've ever seen anywhere
//ok, maybe tied with the Fields Museum


I, also, perked right up at that. We geeky children who loved the dinosaurs of Pittsburgh and maintained an 'ours is better' rivalry with our Chicago cousins on both the Field Museum and the Pirates vs. the Cubs, there are more of us than you'd think.

CSS: when I was in third grade, I read an animation-history book that described Winsor McCay's 'Gertie the Dinosaur' and started researching the whole Gilded Age diplodocus craze. This prompted me to write a little short story where Dippy the Diplodocus was painfully lonely and the art students at WVU brought Gertie to life (using computer animation like in TRON, which I had only a vague understanding of,) so they could live together. The students at Pitt helped break Dippy out of the museum while the Mountaineers stole a huge truck to get Gertie from Morgantown to Pittsburgh, but the truck broke down and at the last minute Optimus Prime showed up and gave Gertie and the Mountaineers a ride up I-79. There was a tense moment when they got caught in traffic at the Fort Pitt tunnel, but one of the Mountaineers knew a shortcut, and Kenny the Kangaroo re-routed the Steel Phantom at Kennywood like a ski jump so Gertie and the students could fly off the mountain to Oakland over the Mon River. The two dinosaurs met by the Benedum Center and immediately fell in love. Then Dippy and Gertie got married and had many baby dinosaurs, enough for every college football team to have one, and recycling got way easier because diplodocus dinosaurs can crush beer kegs like they were tiny pop cans, so everyone lived happily ever after. (Recycling, Kennywood and Transformers, as well as going to see the Nutcracker at the Benedum, were pretty much my sole motivations as an eight-year-old, especially given that I couldn't figure out how to work My Little Ponies in.)

My mother, after laughing herself sick (she'd graduated from WVU,) and sending a copy to my uncle (who'd attended Pitt,) decided in a moment of maternal insanity to send the story along to a pal of hers who worked at the Carnegie Museum. I got a very official-looking letter explaining that such an idea was wonderful, but alas, due to what were most likely football-rivalry related reasons, Gertie and Dippy had not yet met, and in the meantime, Dippy would like it if I could visit more often.

Enclosed were annual passes for myself, my folks and my two siblings. It was the best encouragement a third-grader ever got.

This attitude museums have of being kind to children is probably to blame for most of the fanfiction on the Internet. But we forgive them.
 
2013-07-05 03:00:33 PM
everyone lived happiky ever after.. except the brewers...

those beer kegs are NOT disposable "pop cans" they are engineered presure vessels and are owned by the brewer that issues them. They are expensive and a breweries cooperage program is a considerable expense.
Your Dinosaur was willfuly destroying private property.

j/k cute story!
 
2013-07-05 06:41:13 PM
...he (Carnegie) frittered away his fortune on a range of philanthropic projects.

Yeah, 3000 public libraries; museums; universities; big science projects; world peace;...what useless ways to spend more money than you would ever need.
 
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