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mr. tegu
05-24-2012, 12:48 PM
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This airs May 27th at 9 pm EST. They are really making this out to be a legitimate documentary as if something conclusive has been found. It seems to be a mixture of some scientific stories, sightings, and cinematic entertainment. I really wouldn't expect a half movie/half documentary such as this from Animal Planet, escpecially since it seems that it is being advertised as an actual documentary with actual evidence. I don't know what to make of it but I think it looks interesting if at least for the entertainment it might provide.

listopencil
05-24-2012, 12:53 PM
Anything for ratings.

KC_Lee
05-24-2012, 01:03 PM
Dear God make it stop!!!!

JBucc
05-24-2012, 01:08 PM
Bigfoot, chupcabras, other cryptoids are nothing new for the Discovery family of channels. If it weren't for the BBC they wouldn't have any documentaries worth watching.

Fish
05-24-2012, 01:08 PM
LOLWUT?

That's laughably pathetic....

keg in kc
05-24-2012, 01:48 PM
The important question is...boobs?

vailpass
05-24-2012, 02:18 PM
Bigfoot, chupcabras, other cryptoids are nothing new for the Discovery family of channels. If it weren't for the BBC they wouldn't have any documentaries worth watching.

Smithsonian channel has some damn good documentaries.

Bob Dole
05-24-2012, 02:40 PM
Even stranger: http://believeinmermaids.com/

keg in kc
05-24-2012, 02:40 PM
Even stranger: http://believeinmermaids.com/rofl wtf

Fish
05-24-2012, 02:46 PM
http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/9416101.jpg

The Iron Chief
05-24-2012, 02:49 PM
Does anyone remember when the Discovery channel did this with Dragons?
They made a documentary on dragons as if they were once real..and like they could prove it.
I remember a young kid coming into work the next morning and asking me if I saw that insane doc on the dragons last night and I was like..yeah but you know..He cut me right off saying how he always thought dragons were myths etc so forth.
To discoverys credit they said at no time during the show would they admit to it being a lets pretend this is a real doc...and apparently some didnt hear that before hand and bought it all.

"Discovery Channel made a documentary style movie called Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real. This movie actually caused confusion in some people who thought this was a real documentary presented by Discovery with actual facts. However, this docudrama was made for entertainment purposes only. The scientists were played by actors. It was advertised as an "alternate history"


Just saying its been done before and will be done again I'm sure

WhiteWhale
05-24-2012, 03:29 PM
Does anyone remember when the Discovery channel did this with Dragons?
They made a documentary on dragons as if they were once real..and like they could prove it.
I remember a young kid coming into work the next morning and asking me if I saw that insane doc on the dragons last night and I was like..yeah but you know..He cut me right off saying how he always thought dragons were myths etc so forth.
To discoverys credit they said at no time during the show would they admit to it being a lets pretend this is a real doc...and apparently some didnt hear that before hand and bought it all.

"Discovery Channel made a documentary style movie called Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real. This movie actually caused confusion in some people who thought this was a real documentary presented by Discovery with actual facts. However, this docudrama was made for entertainment purposes only. The scientists were played by actors. It was advertised as an "alternate history"


Just saying its been done before and will be done again I'm sure

The dragon doc was really neat.

scott free
05-24-2012, 03:35 PM
rofl wtf

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mr. tegu
05-24-2012, 03:35 PM
Even stranger: http://believeinmermaids.com/

Haha! Two options: they created a site and put that there as if to suggest they were releasing confidential information OR the government stepped in to suppress the evidence that mermaids are real!

lcarus
05-24-2012, 04:15 PM
I always wanted to rape the Little Mermaid when I was a small boy. If Jerry Sandusky could have successfully disguised himself as Ariel when I was a boy, he might have gotten away with molesting me.

Bob Dole
05-24-2012, 04:48 PM
If you go look at the Animal Planet website, they explain that it is science fiction.

Press release states:

Monster Week culminates with a stunning, two-hour feature that claims the existence of the lost, mythical sirens of the sea in MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND. Throughout history, people from nearly every culture have spotted or spoken about this half-man, half-fish anomaly. Amped by stunning CGI and animation, MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND details the first-hand accounts of a team of government scientists who testify they've found the remains of a never-before-identified sea creature with ties to human origins. In a story about evolutionary possibility grounded in scientific theory, experts reveal the natural history of mermaids and show us what they looked like, how they lived and how they could have evolved but remained hidden... until now.

Looks entertaining, at least.

Fish
06-11-2012, 12:52 PM
Watched this. What an insulting pathetic bunch of pseudo science passed off as a documentary. I can't imagine how many idiots watched this with no clue that it was all fake.

I really hate this new trend of entertainment passed off as science. Such a disservice...

mr. tegu
06-11-2012, 02:55 PM
Watched this. What an insulting pathetic bunch of pseudo science passed off as a documentary. I can't imagine how many idiots watched this with no clue that it was all fake.

I really hate this new trend of entertainment passed off as science. Such a disservice...

I was pretty dissappointed in it as well. The little story lines with the mermaids was laughable, especially when they showed the one sacrifice itself for the others to avoid getting eaten. I guess that was there way of showing human-like behaviors in them :shrug:

Fish
06-11-2012, 03:05 PM
I was pretty dissappointed in it as well. The little story lines with the mermaids was laughable, especially when they showed the one sacrifice itself for the others to avoid getting eaten. I guess that was there way of showing human-like behaviors in them :shrug:

Yeah. Like they needed to include a fake heartwarming tale of self-sacrifice, to add plenty of drama... and throw in a little bit of conspiracy theory, just for good measure.

If they were clear about it being completely false, and not based on any factual evidence, it would be one thing. But it's very clear that they absolutely intend on it being taken out of context as a true documentary by a portion of their audience. Knowing that there's some lazy idiot out there going "Well I'll be damned.. Earl, come look at this! Mermaids is real! It's on TV!"

ThaVirus
07-23-2012, 03:23 PM
I liked it.

I had only heard briefly about the aquatic ape theory beforehand and did some research afterward because it sounded really interesting. So kudos to them for at least teaching something..

Would have been far more interesting if they had more factual evidence. As far as I could tell, "the bloop" was the only "real" piece of evidence they had, correct? (I'm aware that "the bloop" doesn't even confirm mermaid's existence; perhaps just some other undiscovered creature)

Fish
07-23-2012, 03:41 PM
Teaching something? WTF? Teaching misinformation?

The aquatic ape theory is a horrible theory that completely ignores everything known about evolution. That's not teaching in the slightest. It's bullshit hollywood dramatization.

This program prompted the NOAA to release a statement saying "Dear Idiots, you were duped on this stupid pile of shit. Mermaids aren't real, and there's no possibilities or what ifs necessary. This shouldn't be necessary, but we know a large majority of you believe any ridiculous bullshit you see on your TV. So here you go."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2168532/Mermaids-dont-exist-declares-US-government-Animal-Planet-TV-prompts-questions.html

Even Snopes created a page declaring this horseshit.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/supernatural/mermaids.asp

Bump
07-23-2012, 11:43 PM
Bigfoot, chupcabras, other cryptoids are nothing new for the Discovery family of channels. If it weren't for the BBC they wouldn't have any documentaries worth watching.

they really did find a chupacabra though

Silock
07-23-2012, 11:45 PM
They did this with dragons before.

ThaVirus
05-29-2013, 02:55 PM
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Man, they're really running with this..