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Call the cops, Animal Planet's deceiving thousands of viewers again! Anybody here remember Mermaids: The Body Found? I wrote a fumed and lengthy response to it in a previous journal entry: deinonychusempire.deviantart.c…

Apparently, Animal Planet is at it again. With 3.4 million viewers, Mermaids: The Body Found was their most popular telecast since Steve Irwin's memorial special in 2006. Naturally, they'd want to leech off of that success with a sequel. Presenting, MERMAIDS: THE NEW EVIDENCE ~ animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/…

Sane people, prepare for another wave of lunatics professing Aquatic Ape Hypothesis and government coverups. If you need a wholesome reminder that there is still unadulterated truth in this world, I'd advise you to watch this much more historically and scientifically sound documentary on the origins of mermaid legends: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…

I'm disgusted by the overwhelming turd dump of stupid people that treat Animal Planet's mermaid gig like factual documentation. It sincerely infuriates me. How about we cut that Algebra II bullshit from high school and focus more on science and history so that society doesn't have problems like this?

~Rick Charles
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Ornitholestes1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugh, I've been having trouble with this as well, namely people yelling at me, "YES, THEY'S REAL! I DID MY RESEARCH!!"
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oshron Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
as a hypothetical, it's interesting. but couldn't they have done a different fictional critter instead? like...um....uh...

i think i understand why they're making a part 2 to this now :P
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't matter to me what their subject matter is, so long as they pass it as fun speculation instead of hard fact like they're doing. Animal Planet must think people are smart enough to get it, but evidently people aren't. It isn't the content that disturbs me, it's the reception. People actually believe this whole "the government is covering up the existence of mermaids" because of Mermaids: The Body Found.
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Spinozilla97 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly. Although I don't remember the same thing happening when Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, aired. But, I was younger back then so I may not remember... :P
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It didn't, for some reason. Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real wasn't as government conspiracy-laden as Mermaids: The Body Found was. I have a feeling that might have had something to do with it.
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Spinozilla97 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It probably does, indeed. But, in my opinion Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real was much more realistic :upset:
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
"Documentaries" like this is the reason why aliens won't talk to us. :p
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Antrakha Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I personally found it to be entertaining. It was BS, but interesting BS.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It isn't the content I take issue with, it's the reception. People actually believe this whole "the government is covering up the existence of mermaids" because of Mermaids: The Body Found. Why Animal Planet would even sanction this nonsense is beyond me. Don't they understand people are generally too stupid to get that this is all entirely fictitious?
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Antrakha Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Well, they put before and after the show that everything was fictitious. It's not their problem if people are too stupid.
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Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Blargh, Animal Planet and their "documentaries".
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clubpenguindino Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, they'll add a teeny tiny little "By the way is isn't real" at the end of the credits that no one will notice, it's all good.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just like they did the first time; but then again, no one should need a disclaimer to know this crap is entirely fictitious.
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see what you mean, its really retarded how they try to pass stuff off as a "documentary" like this.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Ugh. The crap that gets passed off as "documentary" these days. Lost Tapes, everything on the History Channel, and now this.
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oshron Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Lost Tapes isn't supposed to be a documentary; if anything it's more like The Blair Witch Project :P
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
It's more like a crappy show with rubber suits making a mockery of cryptozoology. There are documentary segments in the show, but they are (as far as I can remember) full of blatant misinformation, and quote-mining of people like Loren Coleman. For example: The Chupacabra is said to resemble a griffin. What? When? In my opinion, the only potentially good thing about the whole show, is that one episode that showed girls in bikinis. If the only good thing about a show is the fanservice in one episode, that is very bad.

Sorry, I just had to rant about it for a bit. ;P
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oshron Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
i'm sorta a fan of Lost Tapes, in a so-bad-that-it's-good way ;)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, well, we all have our guilty pleasures.
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you :/.
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