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Yes, the headline is correct, a miniature toy dinosaur modeled after Dino from The Flintstones has destroyed an entire volcano in New Zealand. While this may seem hard to believe, our Crack team of journalists have scoured the world for exclusive pictures, and now have the straight poop.

As many of you may have read back in 2004, a prankster placed a toy Dino in front of the webcam at the White Island Crater in New Zealand. This story garnered huge media attention (you can see one of the stories here) and, as one would expect, brought immense fame and fortune to NZ Geologists.

Here is the original picture that started the buzz:

Dino at Crater 2004

While the geologists originally intended to parlay their good luck into the creation of a Kiwi version of The Wiggles, their plans were quickly thwarted when studies showed that the acidic atmosphere would dissolve Dino within 3 months. “Mate, we were devestated” said Olde Jack MacDonald, “but this whole bit is now a little dodgy, and I’m all buggered out b’fore I even’ve sculled my second pint.”

But as time went on, it became obvious that this wasn’t a normal dinosaur. While the acid dissolved cameras, tourists’ clothing (sorry, we can’t show those pics), and even the volcano rim itself, Dino remained:

Dino before the rampage

The world (OK, just the geologists and their internet girlfriends from Russia) soon became obsessed with finding Dino’s source of longevity. Some even reported seeing Dino stalking the crater at night. “Just look’at hiz eyes, he’s gone mad!” said one geologist, “I’m getting out of here for good, and I’m not gonna rest til’ I’m home ‘n hosed”.

On October 31st at 7:00pm, the webcam went dead (its publicly available final images are here). At least, that’s what they want us to believe. It turns out that the camera snapped one more picture the next day, right before Geonet took it offline, and a quick fingered member of our Crack team happened to download the photo:

Dino destroys volcano

Nobody knows if Dino used explosives or an unseen fire breathing talent, but sources tell us that only a large mountain of ash was left by that evening.

Luckily, Dino went back to his normal cute self after enacting vengeance upon the volcano, and was given away as a chew toy to a blind dog at the NZSPCA. The volcano and cameras are still under repair by the folks at Disney, and will re-open once the Magic Mountain tracks can be adequately concealed from the webcam.

So as not to face public ridicule and embarassment, Geonet has created this obviously fake story to explain the disappearance of the webcam. Come on guys, do you expect us to believe that a rubber dinosaur can withstand acid better than a special camera housing inside an old factory? You would have thought they could have come up with a better story than that.

3 Responses to “News Flash: Toy Dino Destroys Volcano”

  1. on 12 Jan 2007 at 12:05 pm Keri

    Thanks for visiting my site. I like the pictures with Dino 😛

  2. on 12 Jan 2007 at 3:09 pm Grimm

    Who knew that Dino was distant relative to Godzilla?

    Guess that would explain what happened to Fred, Barney and the gang.

  3. on 13 Jan 2007 at 2:17 pm Diesel

    Plastic dinosaurs shouldn’t play with fire.

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