Scam-documentary

digitalbeachbum's picture

I was flipping through the channels last night and I stumbled on this special for Discovery. It looked legit so I pulled up the menu.

"Mermaid: The Body Found"

WTF? Really? A "mermaid"?

I watched a few more minutes when they showed a video of the "mermaid".

Holy fucking shit. Are they kidding me? The CGI looked like a 4 year old did it. Really? They are trying to convince people this is real?

I quickly pulled out my phone and searched... yeah.. it's a fake.

So what the hell? Is this some directors wet dream? Are they trying to imitate Orson Welles 1968 broadcast of The War of the Worlds??

Apparently so because this show was put out in May of 2012 and the NOAA actually got calls and emails saying, "We want to know about the Mermaids you found!"

Bingo! In small print in the credits, if you had the ability to freeze it, there was a small section saying that what you just watched was complete and utter bullshit.

This shit should be illegal. Apparently people still think it is a cover up by the governments to hide actual Merfolk.

Any thing for the almighty dollar and a ratings boost.

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Vastet's picture

I had a friend or two fall

I had a friend or two fall for it when it came out. Made some interesting conversation.

Proud Canadian, Enlightened Atheist, Gaming God.

digitalbeachbum's picture

Can you believe that it was

Can you believe that it was the highest rated show recently? Something like 4 million viewers.

I watched about 5 minutes of it then realized that the video was so fucking awful that it was a scam. It was like watching "Finding Bigfoot" but on steroids.

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.

-Scott Adams

Vastet's picture

Pretty crazy. I didn't watch

Pretty crazy. I didn't watch it myself. It probably would just piss me off.

Proud Canadian, Enlightened Atheist, Gaming God.