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mermaids

Attack of the paranormal mermaid romance novel: Why you should never, ever lose a bet to David Shiffman

Popular Culture, Science FictionMarch 3, 2014

Take heed, all those who would dare to gamble against David Shiffman. You will fail. It seemed innocent enough. I was in the middle of a job search, paying the bills with consulting, freelance work, and science writing while pursuing the next academic appointment. Finally having a bit of time, I wrote a science fiction […]

The great #Mermaids Storify

marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 30, 2013

This week, Animal Planet aired “Mermaids: The New Evidence”  the second fake documentary in their series about mermaids.  After complaining about the ridiculous show and the associated devastating effects on science literacy*, we decided to watch the re-air together and live-tweet it. The goal was to get real scientific information into the twitter conversation associated […]

Mock the Doc: Watch both fake Mermaids documentaries tonight and mock them on twitter with us!

marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 29, 2013

Tonight from 8-11 P.M. EST, Animal Planet is re-airing both fake mermaid documentaries, “Mermaids: The Body Found” and “Mermaids: the New Evidence”. We’re going to watch them. We’re going to live-tweet our thoughts using the show’s existing hashtag, #Mermaids. We’re going to systematically point out everything factually incorrect about mermaids (or anything having to do […]

Mermaids: The New Evidence is a Fake Documentary

ScienceMay 28, 2013

Last year, David and several other marine science bloggers debunked Animal Planet’s amazingly fraudulent mermaid foc-u-mentary (yes, I’m coining that term for fake documentaries that show absolute disdain for their audience. It’s not satire. It’s not parody. It’s a giant middle finger to the public). No need to retread old ground–read the original coverage: Mermaids […]

Mermaids do not exist, and five other important things people should, but do not, know about the ocean

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, SustainabilityJune 5, 2012

Last week, Animal Planet aired a fictional mockumentary about mermaids. From an educational perspective, it was a disaster that was rightfully described as “the rotting carcass of science television” by Brian Switek. As Dr. M on Deep Sea News pointed out, one of the troubling results of this TV special was the discovery that some […]

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