What you need to know this week: Titanosaur, Django miniseries possibility, meteor showers tonight, and more

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As heavy as 14 elephants, as long as 2 tractor trailers: Meet Mr. Titanosaur

(CNN) — They may be the biggest boys on any block — any block, ever. In fact, the dinosaurs unveiled Saturday by Argentina’s Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio may be the largest to grace the Earth. At about 130 feet (40 meters) long and 180,000 pounds (80,000 kilograms), it’s no wonder, then, that these colossal creatures are dubbed titanosaurs — titan being a nod to the giants of ancient Greek mythology.

“It’s like two trucks with a trailer each, one in front of the other, and the weight of 14 elephants together,” said Jose Luis Carballido, a dinosaur specialist at the Argentinian museum who played a big part in the discovery. Read more on CNN >>

McDonald’s introduces its creepiest mascot ever

(Entrepreneur) — Ronald McDonald has a new friend: “Happy,” McDonald’s newest “brand ambassador.”

The animated Happy Meal box with a frighteningly large grin is intended to bring “fun and excitement to kids’ meals while also serving as an ambassador for balanced and wholesome eating,” according to a McDonald’s press release. The character debuted internationally in 2009 in France, and has since been featured in advertising in Latin America and other countries in Europe. Read more on Entrepreneur >>

Families infuriated by ‘crass commercialism’ of 9/11 Museum gift shop

(Washington Post) — Mugs, T-shirts, scarves and other souvenirs have triggered controversy at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which holds unidentified remains of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — as well as a gift shop.

It isn’t unusual for museums that commemorate tragedy to have gift shops, which help cover operational costs. There’s one at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and another at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. But Ground Zero? Read more on the Washington Post >>

Quentin Tarantino eyes Django miniseries

(TV Line) — Quentin Tarantino is looking to unleash Django Unchained on the small screen. The Oscar-winning director told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday that he’s mulling a four-hour miniseries version of his acclaimed 2012 pre-Civil War Wester.

“I have about 90 minutes’ worth of material with Django [that] hasn’t been seen,” said Tarantino. Read more on TV Line >>

Brand new meteor shower may light up Earth’s skies on Saturday

(Reuters) – Earth will travel through a fresh stream of comet dust early Saturday, possibly creating a gallery of shooting stars for night-time sky-watchers, astronomers said on Friday.

Predictions call for more than 200 meteors per hour hitting the planet’s atmosphere during the peak hours of 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. EDT (0600 to 0800 GMT). North America will be in prime position for the celestial show, scientists said. Read more on Reuters >>

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