Mermaids Don’t Exist, According To Federal Agency
Move over, zombies: the US government is concerned about a new creature now. After the Animal Planet network aired a program called Mermaids: The Body Found, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received so many calls from concerned citizens that they were forced to clarify on their website that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
Mermaids, which originally aired in May, was meant to appear like a real documentary, but was entirely fictional. It claimed to show two former NOAA scientists who believed they had discovered recordings and remains of a mermaid.
The Mermaids scare is reminiscent of perhaps the most famous fake newscast in American history, Orson Welles‘ 1938 radio adaptation of War of the Worlds. Welles so convincingly described an alien invasion that many listeners believed it was actually happening.
More recently, The Centers for Disease Control have found themselves in the middle of the Zombie craze after the Atlanta-based organization played a major role in movies and TV shows like Contagion and The Walking Dead. The CDC has officially denied the existence of zombies– but at the same time, has embraced the trend as a fun way to teach about emergency preparedness with a new graphic novel entitled, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.”
What’s next? Will the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library have to release a statement about vampires?
[via The Daily Mail]