We’re the lamest (in terms of dinosaurs)

Friends of mine are no doubt familiar with my intense, personal disgust with the dinosaur known as velociraptor. Sorry, but the pop culture movement to embrace this animal is a fraud. There, I said it. With links even.I guess I learned in school that some states had their own fossil, or dinosaur, or whatever. The same way we have state flowers, and minerals, and a bunch of other stuff nobody cares about. But now that I’m an adult, I’m thinking about how dinosaurs truly are one of the coolest “sciency things”. We should be proud of our state dinosaur right?It has recently come to my attention via a fellow Metroblogger that we have the lamest fracking dinosaur ever. Follow this link to learn the ugly truth. Not only did we adopt this over-hyped prehistoric pigeon, but we did it long after other states had found theirs, long after a certain movie made it grow 6 feet taller and taught it to open doors.To be fair, Arkansas’ state dinosaur is the Arkansaurus. Every time you type that word, a paleontologist sighs.

4 Comments so far

  1. Brandi. (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    Wow, the Arkansaurus is so Fred Flinstone.

    I think the velociraptor is kind of cute.

  2. jerry 101 (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    The velociraptor is very lame for a state dinosaur. Kind of like making a Chihuahua-like animal the state dog. Not from here, and really small.

    But elementary school children tend to choose these things, so complaining isn’t going to do much good (I remember voting in the second grade for the state fish.)

  3. Dan Telfer (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

    I don’t complain for results, I complain because it’s all I have. There’s no way you could convince a kid velociraptors are lame, it would be like trying to convince them Santa was a murderer.

  4. evan (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

    At least you have one. The only dinosaurs we have are politi — wait, wait. Nevermind.

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