April 17, 2006
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These giant beasts, originally built to draw tourists to a roadside
souvenir shop (and featured prominently in the 1985 camp classic,
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure), have been hauled into an improbable line of duty:
helping to bolster creationist arguments held by the Orange County developer
who has bought them. The gift shop inside the brontasaurus
runs a video of a preacher explaining that these giants roamed the earth
as recently as 200 years ago, while signs posted inside the T-Rex explain
that the Earth is only 6,000 years old.
A boy feeding a pretty black-and-yellow lizard inside the T-Rex told us that this was the
first day it had been open to the public since the builder finished it in
the mid 1980s. Of course, based on the veracity of everything else the
new managers told us, who knows.