Interesting Individuals in the World: Clive Palmer
Sarah Scannell '15
In the past year, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has made two very interesting announcements about future projects he intends to fund: Titanic II and Palmer Coolum Resort: Dinosaur Park. In short, Palmer has decided to create his own real-life Jurassic Park in Australia, as well as to build a replica of the infamous RMS Titanic. Upon hearing the news, Brenna Smith ’15 expressed her doubts, saying, “I can only see what could go wrong from having a real life Jurassic Park. Both ideas are probably disasters waiting to happen.” While nobody understands his motive for his new creations, everyone is more baffled that Palmer intends to repeat the original Titanic’s voyage from England to New York.
What could possibly go wrong? The world has an entire movie trilogy as well as the fate of the last Titanic to explain why these ideas might be doomed to fail. While Titanic II may just be tempting fate, the world can relax over one thing: there will be no real dinosaurs in Palmer’s “Dinosaurs Park” (named so because of right reasons). Patrick Dunne ’14 sighs, “That’s a bummer, I was in the process of booking my plane ticket to Palmer Coolum Resort.”
Palmer’s original plan actually involved LIVING dinosaurs. The businessman actually met with the scientists who cloned Dolly the sheep to discuss developing dinosaurs in a process extremely similar to that used in the Jurassic Park trilogy. These plans, thankfully, were shot down due to one problem: its impossible. Even in the best of conditions, dinosaur DNA would last at most for one million years, which is far less than the 65 million years since they last roamed the earth.
While everybody can check Velociraptors off of their list of worries for the near future, the world will still be holding breath to see what happens when Titanic II makes its maiden voyage in 2016. Michelle Espiritu ’15 was dumbfounded that a man would actually try to recreate both of these catastrophes, said, “Men like him are the reason history repeats itself. It’s as if he’s asking for something to go wrong.”
While we all are pretty apprehensive about Palmer’s endeavor, Ryan Dutton ’15 appears ex- cited, “Will they be showing the movie Titanic during the transatlantic trip?”
Clive Palmer poses with his fake T-Rex
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