On a recent road trip, I was discussing the SDMB with a friend of mine who is a librarian. She suggested I ask this: Whenever they have a program on dinosaurs at the library, they get completely swamped. Nothing else they do gets this kind of response. Boys and girls are nuts about dinos, so it’s not gender based. Although most of the kids fall into a certain age range, they get a lot of older kids and adults, so it’s not as age-related as a lot of other things people go nuts over (pre-adolescent girls going crazy for horses, for example). It’s not a fad like Pogs or stickers; this happens every year.
Why is this? They’re big? They’re lizards? They’re extinct? They can throw cars around and trample evil businessmen? What?