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Australian Billionaire Reportedly Planning to Clone a Dinosaur for Jurassic Park-Themed Resort

 Australian Billionaire Reportedly Planning to Clone a Dinosaur for <em>Jurassic Park</em> Themed Resort

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What is it with eccentric billionaires? Today Yuri Milner announced that he’d decided to create his very own Nobel prize, but that news pales in comparison to what Australian businessman Clive Palmer is planning. The outlandish executive, who seems to be somewhat of a favored fixture in Australian gossip rags, is rumored to be working on a new Jurassic Park-themed adventure for his already pretty exotic vacation compound, Palmer Coolum Resort.

And of course, what Jurassic Park experience would be complete without an actual living, breathing dinosaur that hasn’t existed for millions of years? If you can’t have your own T-Rex, why even open the damn place?

According to Sunshine Coast Daily:

The controversial billionaire is rumoured to be planning to clone a dinosaur from DNA so he can set it free in a Jurassic Park-style area at his new Palmer Resort in Coolum.

Mr Palmer has, apparently, been in deep discussion with the people who successfully cloned Dolly the sheep to bring his dinosaur vision to life.

Apparently Mr. Palmer has already brought the Titanic experience to life at the resort, though it does not involve clinging to floating wood in sub-zero water and praying not to freeze or drown to death. Actually, it’s a culinary journey where a chef “lovingly recreates” the same meal served on the TitanicPerhaps Mr. Palmer thinks death by iceberg makes a nice aperitif?

As for the dinosaur, we remain skeptical. Maybe we should stick to practicing with a wooly mammoth first.

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