Clive PalmerWhen entertaining my wildest fantasies about what I would do if I were a billionaire, most of the ideas come from movies; a giant theme park like in Richie Rich was top of my list for years. Clearly, I'm not the only one inspired by Hollywood, as there's one Australian billionaire who might be taking his movie fantasies a step too far.
The Sunshine Coast Daily reports that Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer is considering creating his own dinosaur park using cloned dino DNA, a la 1993's Jurassic Park.
According to the Australian daily, Palmer has been in discussions with the same people who cloned Dolly the sheep to resurrect dinosaurs and use them to populate his new Palmer Resort in Coolum, about 120 km north of Brisbane, Australia.
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The bizarre information is attributed to the same source who told Sunshine Coast Daily about Palmer's plans to build a 20-storey sky needle and a London Eye-style ferris wheel.
Another unnamed source, however, calls the claim "absolutely ridiculous." Brisbane Times says that their source, who they also say is close to Palmer, is not planning on doing any such thing.
Until now, Palmer hasn't confirmed or denied these rumours. He'll be holding a press conference on August 3 to further detail what his plans are for the new Palmer Resort.
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If Clive Palmer's name doesn't ring a bell with you, you might be more familiar with one of his other unusual plans; Palmer announced earlier this year that he plans to build a Titanic II.
Methinks that Palmer should start watching movies all the way to the end.
UPDATE (Aug. 3, 1:00 p.m. EDT): Clive Palmer finally came out and personally denied claims that he was cloning dinosaurs to create his own Jurassic Park-style theme park. His actual plans that he has revealed for the future Coolum Palmer Resort are still likely to be considered outlandish by many, though.
News.com.au reports that Palmer held a press conference on August 3 to lay out his ambitious goals. Palmer is planning to include "a casino, a hovercraft station, an international airport, a convention centre, a water park, a beachside amusement park, a wildlife park, a hotel with thousands of rooms and an aquarium," News.com.au says in the story.
But no dinosaurs.