T-Rex Tuesdays

trextuesdaysEveryone loves dinosaurs. Asking someone about their favorite dinosaur is right up there with asking for a favorite color or season. Triceratops, raptor, stegosaurus, or tyrannosaurus rex – we all have our favorites. And we can never get enough of them. While humans have been busy resurrecting the prehistoric beasts in books, film, and television series, there are some folks who just want to have fun.

Ever since those bouncy inflatable T-Rex costumes hit the internet, the web has gone crazy with clips of wobbly predators charging around public spaces. They are very nearly irresistible to watch, and it’s hard to fight the urge to run out and buy one immediately after watching dancing, training, and figure skating dinosaurs. The fad has even grown into a cosplay subculture, bridging the gap between furries and alien costumers. And everyone loves them. Why wouldn’t you? They are unexpected and almost universally entertaining. Their humor ties into childhood passion and a more mature (ish) appreciation for juxtaposition.

Leading the charge is a group called TrexTuesdays. They have built up an impressive page full of short clips and funny images taken at events (they just had a major party May 28th) or by the crew running things behind the scenes. The group’s Youtube page posts a new video (every Tuesday of course) featuring improbable adventures. Several viral videos of t-rex shenanigans came from TrexTuesdays, and rather than fading into the background after a few hits, they are gaining steam. They recently launched a TeeSpring account to help offset the costs of running all that social media, organizing events, and producing those hilarious videos. The shirts are appropriately trendy, with slogans like: I’m done adulting – let’s be T-Rex. There are also a few pseudo-patriotic tees for those looking for some unusual 4th of July attire.

The “Just For Fun” Facebook page has already accumulated over half a million likes. It’s an auspicious start, and so long as the internet maintains its sense of humor, this may only be the beginning of the T-Rex resurgence.

M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.

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