Sunday, August 28, 2005

Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark. Whaaaat?

A while back, my friend Dada, reported that he'd heard of someone who didn't believe dinosaurs had ever existed because they couldn't fit on Noah's ark.

The Los Angeles Times reports that some wingnuts have decided that Noah did load some dinosaurs on that ark and they bought a roadside attraction to preach their version of reality (a reality so completely devoid of scientific fact as to not be reality at all - it's like that world in which George Chimpy Bush resides):

Dinny the roadside dinosaur has found religion.The 45-foot-high concrete apatosaurus has towered over Interstate 10 near Palm Springs for nearly three decades as a kitschy prehistoric pit stop for tourists.

Now he is the star of a renovated attraction that disputes the fact that dinosaurs died off millions of years before humans first walked the planet.

"Dinny's new owners, pointing to the Book of Genesis, contend that most dinosaurs arrived on Earth the same day as Adam and Eve, some 6,000 years ago, and later marched two by two onto Noah's Ark. The gift shop at the attraction, called the Cabazon Dinosaurs, sells toy dinosaurs whose labels warn, 'Don't swallow it! The fossil record does not support evolution.'"

The Cabazon Dinosaurs join at least half a dozen other roadside attractions nationwide that use the giant reptiles' popularity in seeking to win converts to creationism. And more are on the way.

"We're putting evolutionists on notice: We're taking the dinosaurs back," said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, a Christian group building a $25-million creationist museum in Petersburg, Ky., that's already overrun with model sauropods and velociraptors.