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Walking with dinosaurs

Why is there a billboard for the Cincinnati Creation Museum on I-4?

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"How about Lexington, or Columbus?"

"No, no. How about Orlando, Florida?"

"Orlando … wait, isn't the Holy Land Experience on Interstate 4 in Orlando?"

"Yes, yes it is."

"Perfect."

Seriously, though: Why is there a Cincinnati Creation Museum Billboard on I-4?

So I called to find out.

"Thank you for calling the Creation Museum," the receptionist greets me. "How may I help you?"

"Hey," I say, "I'm stuck here in traffic, and there's a big red dinosaur rampaging around downtown."

"Where are you?"

"Orlando."

"I think that's an advertisement for our museum."

"All the way down here?"

"Yes, we have them all over the country to raise awareness."

"Of dinosaurs?"

"Of our museum. We just have sculptures of dinosaurs. If you have Internet access, you can get on our website and we can answer any of your questions!"

There you have it. "Have a blessed day!" she says, all cheery country twang, before getting off the phone. I thank her and hang up. Soon traffic starts moving again, and no matter how ridiculous I think the whole premise is – the museum, the billboard, the location – I have to smile at the thought of it.

Hordes of beasts lumbering across America's highway system.

That toothy, aw-shucks grin up in the sky as I pull toward the exit ramp.

Scott Horn is a freelance writer who lives in Orlando and a regular contributor to Orlando Weekly.

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