“I’m a paleontologist, and she stopped me at dinner when we were talking about careers to have the following exchange:
Her: Hey. So this might be a dumb question but —
Me, in teacher mode: No, of course not. There are no dumb questions.
Her: Okay, so… did Jurassic Park happen?
Me, thinking this is the age-old “is Jurassic Park possible, can we clone dinosaurs” question: Good question. No, we can’t clone dinosaurs. DNA degrades over time and —
Her: No, I mean. Did Jurassic Park happen, like did it actually happen, though.
Me, pausing: What do you mean? Like did dinosaurs attack an island in Costa Rica in the 90’s?
Her: Yeah.” – whaaaaaaaaales