Giant T. Rex rules a California town (and the Internet)

From Redwood City to Reddit, Dug the giant lawn dinosaur is huge hit. 


Fernando Alfonso III

Internet Culture

Published Jan 30, 2013   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 2:26 am CDT

Zombie lawn gnomes are so 2012. Full-sized lawn dinosaurs are the future.

Just ask Reddit user sarcasticonomist, whose gigantic Tyrannosaurus rex is Redwood City, California’s, most famous attraction.

The giant dinosaur’s name is Dug, and over the past two years arcasticonomist and his wife have dressed him up in holiday costumes, including a tie for Father’s Day and a bunny suit onesie for Easter.

“[I[t was purchased at a landscaping supply sort of place (plants, fountains, etc) on Hwy 92 near Half Moon Bay (california),” sarcasticonomist commented on Reddit. “We made all the costumes though!”

Sarcasticonomist posted photos of the stylish dinosaur on Reddit where they’ve collected more than 1,200 comments and 42,000 views on Imgur, a photo hosting service.

“We live right down the street!” misscourtney commented. “When I pick up my nieces from school, we have to say ‘Hi, Dinosaur!’ every time we pass. You make their commute magic every day, thank you!”

Thanks to all the attention Dug has received, sarcasticonomist is thinking of hosting a Reddit meetup at his home in the near future.

“You all rock,” he added. “Also, beyond this being my first ever post to reddit, it’s also my birthday, so making #1 on the front page is now perhaps one of the coolest birthday presents I’ve ever received. thanks!!”

Photos via sarcasticonomist/Reddit

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*First Published: Jan 30, 2013, 5:07 pm CST