"Godzilla" did huge box-office numbers over the weekend, generating $106 million in movie-ticket sales after hitting theaters last Thursday. Its $93.2 million take in the United States was the second highest for an opening this year, slightly trailing only "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
But another giant lizard also drew considerable weekend attention:
Scientists in Argentina announced Saturday that they - with the initial help of a farmer near El Sombrero in that nation's central region - have found the fossils of the largest dinosaur yet known to man.
According to The Washington Post, the 130-foot-long creature "weighed 80 tons - 10 tons heavier than the previous record holder, the Argentinosaurus." And: "It stalked the Earth nearly 100 million years ago, its long serpentine neck swaying to and fro, munching on the vegetation of Patagonia."
Godzilla doesn't go back nearly that far, having made his screen debut in 1954. But the screeching - and fire-breathing - monster's universal appeal evidently endures.
And though some film critics contend that the new version of Godzilla is too large (350 feet in height, more than twice the original), he has a tall task in trying to save San Francisco from a pair of MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) ravenous for radioactive sustenance.
Meanwhile, back in our so-called real world, a prankster hacker put this message on a mobile electronic traffic sign on Van Ness Avenue in that city by that bay last week:
"Godzilla Attack - Turn Back."
So what's scarier? Giant monsters from the distant or recent past?
Or computer experts who can override traffic signs?