In the third grade, my woefully under-prepared grade school’s entire “gifted” program consisted of “Here, go read something you’re interested in”, which meant I spent many a free reading period perusing whatever books I could get my hands on, with my favorites involving custom cars and dinosaurs. (This was so long ago that Apatosaurus was still wearing the wrong head and being called “Brontosaurus”, and nobody had any feathers yet.)  In those dark, pre-Jurassic Park days, the thunder lizards were mostly seen in cartoons, turning over Fred’s sedan with their massive barbecued remains, so when I said that my favorite dinosaur was the Triceratops, people just looked at me blankly.  That no-sell was good practice, I found, for my later work on the MSP, and it leads us to today’s cretaceous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites to make sure your choice is actually a dinosaur or be prepared to face the wrath of Rodrigo, who knows dinosaurs like I know Ultra Boy cameos, asking: Which dinosaur is the BEST dinosaur?

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  1. Paul
    September 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    Barney. Obviously.

  2. September 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm — Reply


    Actually, I’ve always been a little torn between Triceratops and Stegosaurus.

  3. September 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm — Reply
  4. Kirby
    September 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    Growing up I would have said Triceratops, but that was partly because of Power Rangers. Today I’d say the best dinosaur is Ankylosaurus, I just think they have a cool look about them. That and the club tail, have to love the club tail.

  5. Will
    September 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    The Ankylosaurus have been my favorite dinosaur since kindergarten. Its armored exterior is dangerous and cool looking. Can dinosaurs just become alive again, just for one day? :D

  6. Malone_hasco
    September 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    I kinda liked that cartoon dinosaur Denver as a kid.

  7. Arbor Day
    September 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm — Reply


  8. Robbie
    September 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    Everyone likes ankylosaurs. I like ankylosaurs.
    How about, though, a nice troodon?

  9. Hannah Jones
    September 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    I think I’ll always have a certain affinity for the Velociraptor. Raptors in general are just really cool.

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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