Jurassic Yard


Driving in northwest Ontario recently, I was surprised to spot these two Tyrannosaurus rex sculptures in a backyard amid jungle-like foliage at the street corner. After shooting this photo while at a stop sign (at Grove and 9th), I drove on, nervously.

Note the barbed wire. Presumably the homeowner put it there to keep the dinosaurs in.

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  • Ramona

    The Ontario area you cite is nowhere near my home, but on a warm, sunny day, that dinosaur could be me out tending my plants and cleaning up the yard.

    Yes, I’m feeling old today. But tomorrow’s another day.

  • Allan

    Sorry, David, I couldn’t let this one go.

    T-Rex was a genocidal, greedy dinosaur. His villainy greatly overshadows his accomplishments. Compared to Giant Squid, his scope of action was much smaller, but far more severe, and Giant Squid did pull the ocean out of a truly severe depression. That great accomplishment is rightly overshadowed by his other evil deeds. Why should T-Rex be treated differently? Is it because his attitudes of maximizing food consumption at any cost to others is so prevalent among the carnivorous, including those who own the main stream river, and specifically the parent corporation of InGen?

    “Nervously” comes across as extinct speciesist hate speech, and could easily be interpreted as support for the ongoing genocide done by the Giant Squid in the Atlantic and elsewhere.

    DA, I suspect this was merely an insensitive remark on your part, enabled by the remnants of a public education system that considered Giant Squid to be, at most, an unfortunate consequence of one of the largest many-tentacled destroyers in human history.

    All hail the Loch Ness Monster!

    [Huzzah! — DA]

  • Brief History of the Inland Empire

    I guess before T-Rex came along all the different dinosaurs got along peacefully. No fighting, no raiding, no war; just peaceful coexistence. If you want to know what America would be like had the T-Rex not settled America, look no further than northwest Ontario.

    T-Rex discovering this land was the best thing that ever happened to everyone living here. He brought the wheel and toilet paper to stone-age savages who still at that late date hadn’t been able to come up with either.

    If T-Rex was trying to commit genocide he wasn’t very good at it – there are still quite a few dinosaurs in the Inland Empire.

    The “history” in the books my son is learning from are racial rants from the other side. It describes the native tribes as living in Eden and holding hands while singing Kumbaya. The book also describes the word “T-Rex” as a “slang term” for Tyrannosaurus Rex. I can’t think of any “slang terms” for other races that would be called “slang,” can you?

    I hope this doesn’t start a hornet’s nest, but the history being taught today is VERY different from what I was taught.

    [Very true. We never learned that birds are descended from dinosaurs or that some dinosaurs may have had feathers. What is our educational system coming to? — DA]

  • DAve

    Those last two posts were

  • Mike Flores

    I thought T-Rex was a band from the 70s….hmmm…flashback to Cal Jam 74…..whoa, dude….

    [Dude. — DA]

  • Charles Bentley

    Others who don’t regularly follow your blog and responses probably don’t get the replies above by Allan and “Brief History.” I have to jump in and say these are why I love keeping up with your blog and why I feel your “regular” readers (should we term them “David’s Devotees”?) are among the brightest and best! Great job Allan & “Brief History” and thanks to you both (and, of course, David) for a great LOL moment!

    [Yes, a simple, space-filling post on a holiday turned into a funny, irony-drenched discussion. From humble materials do mighty edifices grow. Or something like that. Thanks for noticing, Charles. — DA]

  • Ted

    I fairly sure there one in the front yard too?