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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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