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When Dinosaurs Surfed Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   

Please watch this short commercial from our non-sponsor, Columbia Sportswear:

Notice anything odd there? Well Nat Heffernan did, and he brought it to our attention. The narration begins "Man didn't outlive dinosaurs or rotary phones by sitting still.  We adapt." And then later, in a stern voice, "Texas isn't surf country." Ok, two things. We didn't outlive dinosaurs at all. Not even close. While we're still learning about mammalian evolution during the "dinosaur age," it's likely beyond all reasonable debate that there were no humans around to run from a T-Rex. (This article gives evidence that mammals weren't the mouse-like pipsqueaks we had earlier believed though. Wow.)

As for rotary phones, well, I haven't used one in a very long time, so I'll grant that.

But the second thing, is that as the pictures on this site show, there is surfing in Texas! I mean, of the normal variety, not the tanker kind. I wonder if all the surf shops in Galveston sell Columbia goods anymore.

Ok, it's just an ad for sportswear. But did the producer watch too much Flintsones or something? It seems like a minor thing, but remember there are actually people who believe humans coexisted with dinosaurs, and little clips like this give that idea credence.

So imagine, new copy for this ad:

Man's anscestors were never satisfied sitting still. Small mammals grew bigger.. and bigger, until they were eating the very dinosaurs that had terrorized them for eons. Now, we surf behind oil tankers filled with fossil fuels, just for the fun of it. Maybe our clothes can help you evolve too.

OK, there's a reason I'm not a copy writer for an advertising agency, but I think they missed the more compelling story in this ad.


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written by Franck, November 13, 2008
But mamals don't exactly outlived the dinosaurs. Of course, we don't see many multy-ton beasts around these days, but birds are dinosaurs descendants in the same way we are the descendants of those small animals that hid in the ground to avoid becoming dinosaur's appetizer.
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written by Charles Niles, November 13, 2008
ummm, maybe a comment spell checker shoulda been part of the new site ;-) Not that you don't make a valid point Franck.

And while there may be surfing in some of the coastal areas of Texas, I don't think many if any areas meet the status of "surf country". I live in New England and yeah, you can surf around here but it's not "surf country" by any stretch of the imagination.
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ooops, didn't notice it self populated my name
written by cwniles, November 13, 2008
hmmm...well I guess everyone who reads this post will know my name now....wasn't expecting that as part of the new site. oh well, guess it's time for David Banner to burn another assumed identity and move on to the next town.....
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Texas surf country?
written by Administrator, November 13, 2008
Galveston has several surf-oriented business. I live and grew up in New England as well, and I can't think of one that I've seen. Anyway.. that wasn't the most serious point of the article. smilies/smiley.gif
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What goes around...
written by RCKarpen, November 13, 2008
Actually, rotary phones are not quite extinct even today. I saw one in use just last summer. My parents, who are not young, finally got rid of theirs in 2004, and they were under no kind of pressure from the phone company to do that.
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...doesn't really have to go around at all.
written by Jim Shaver, November 13, 2008
You know, RC, you can usually use your land-line touchtone phone as a rotary phone, by clicking the flash hook repeatedly for each digit of the number you want to dial, with a short pause between digits. Try it sometime.
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written by Ryan Michael Whitmore, November 13, 2008
Isn't this kind of nitpicky? Or did I miss some irony?
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written by Willy K, November 13, 2008
Yeah, I'm just not seeing much Woo meat to sink my teeth into.

At least the surfer dudes aren't surfing with plesiosaurs. That sure would make surfing much more of a challange. smilies/grin.gif

Will K
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written by Alan3354, November 14, 2008
I too was surprised to see my full name on the comment. I deleted my surname for this one, and will see what happens.
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written by Alan3354, November 14, 2008
Ok, I changed it to my user name, and it posted that.
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written by Alan3354, November 14, 2008
It's common to "make fun" of dinos as unsuccessful, but humans have been around only a small fraction of their time on Earth. We should wait a few 10s of 1,000,000s of years before being smug or condescending.
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Real names..
written by JeffWagg, November 14, 2008
Ok, that real name problem has been fixed. Strange default in the comments system. Now your nick name will show up instead.
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written by jbspry, November 15, 2008
Thank God! I was terribly concerned that the whole world would find out that "jbspry" is in actuality jay b spry.
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written by gr8white, November 16, 2008
You know, RC, you can usually use your land-line touchtone phone as a rotary phone, by clicking the flash hook repeatedly for each digit of the number you want to dial, with a short pause between digits. Try it sometime.


That comment brought back a memory from the 70s. The place where I worked secured their phones at night with a lock on the dial to prevent unauthorized long-distance calls. I bet one of the managers I could call out on the locked phone and he took me up on it, so I called my wife, handed him the phone, and watched his jaw drop.

I too thought this article was rather trivial and pointless.
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written by Cuddy Joe, November 17, 2008
"I too thought this article was rather trivial and pointless."

Bingo. Filling space? wtf?
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And?
written by RnDinSLC, November 19, 2008
It's a commercial. Creative license anyone? Are the articles on this site becoming more trivial by the day since Randi left? I am disappointed.
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He's still here.
written by HiEv, November 23, 2008
Randi left? Someone will have to inform him of that because he's still writing articles. smilies/tongue.gif
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written by Irishman, November 24, 2008
The content is fairly trivial, but it is scientifically and factually inaccurate.

written by Franck, November 13, 2008:
But mamals don't exactly outlived the dinosaurs. Of course, we don't see many multy-ton beasts around these days, but birds are dinosaurs descendants in the same way we are the descendants of those small animals that hid in the ground to avoid becoming dinosaur's appetizer.


Today's mammals are mammals. Today's dinosaur descendants are not dinosaurs, anymore than today's mammals are reptiles. Mammals descended from reptiles, and birds descended from dinosaurs.
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