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Really? I mean; really?
The US National Ocean Service had to make a statement that Mermaids do not in fact exist, after they were bombarded by enquiries regarding them in the wake of a programme aired by the Discovery Channel.
"Mermaids: The Body Found" was a work of fiction but was mistaken by a number of people to be a documentary.

I'm guessing they're the same people for whom warnings are printed on Harry Potter broomsticks, reading "Caution: Does not actually fly".......
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:iconrandimaxis:
Randimaxis Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And who says they're NOT real?

*chuckle*

I'm not actually one of THOSE people, but who on this WHOLE planet knows the ABSOLUTE truth? There may, indeed, be mermaids... and bigfeet and Loch Ness monsters...

They're all just smart enough not to post on Facebook.
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metagross111 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
people just want to believe mermaids are real :)
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wormsdiet Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Ha! some people will believe just about anything, especially whatever the government says. because that has to be true right?
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B-RizzleXXXX Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its just like when the animal planet channel published that documentary on dragons several years ago so many people thought it was real so they re aired it withga statement in the front stating it was a work of fiction
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weasselK Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
hmmm…I thought that documentary was just a fiction staff…just like "Alien Planet" or "Dragons a Fantasy made Real" [link]
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I smell a cover up! Every one knows the best cover ups involve the National Oceanic Service. No one expects the National Oceanic Service!
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Chaoskor666 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I watched that program and to be fair they did have a compelling plot. And it doesn't tell you until the end that it's fiction.

Granted the CG and acting in the "Real World Footage" was horrendous, but still.
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Porcelain-Joe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Believe me...I'm embarrassed to be an American sometimes (border-lining on all the time). You see warnings and such on just about everything here and you always know that the reason that warning is on whatever product you're looking at, it's because SOMEONE did what it's warning you not to do...

Americans are not very bright...I'll be the first to shoot down my own countryman on that mark...
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HolyLeader Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is the case for some of the warnings, cuz a lot of people lack common sense here in the states. But the real reason the warnings are there is to avoid lawsuits, best example would the hot coffee incident with McDonalds, no warning sign on the cup saying it was hot at the time, now every cup of hot coffee has a warning label. We are a very sue happy nation when you think of it.
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Porcelain-Joe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm going to avoid ranting on this subject because BELIEVE ME, you can get me to bitch long and hard about our sue happy nation.

It just blows my mind that common sense is in so short supply. Although sometimes I wonder if people just purposefully ignore it in the hopes of benefiting from the consequences.

Uggh! Me Mongo! ME WANT COFFEE!! Me sip coffee...ow coffee hot! Coffee bad! Mongo wonder why warning no on hot coffee cup!
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HolyLeader Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHA That is such a perfect mocking of that incident! But yea, I agree that lots of people seem to not use their common sense ase much as they should be...

Have a lovely day.
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
meh. Dumb ass people have been freaking out over pseudo-documentries since at least 1938. People never change. Hell, I bet the first time hamlet was performed rumours spread about the king of Denmark being dead.

Although these days I think a lot of those calls are by peeps trolling the government organisations.
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Kimhoyer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Human incompetance gains another level, I'm tryely ashamed by my species and its constant display of stupidity.
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can the zombie apocalypse start now? .. or can we just declare people under a particular IQ zombies and then shoot THEM?
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Oktanas Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: some people are stupid
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tabbat8 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
it's "war of the worlds " all over again, you know... :D
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HoshikoSoyokaze Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, this is only going to get people even more stirred up since "if the government is denying it, they're covering up it's existence". Just like UFOs.
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PROtypeM3X Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it pains me to know that this is where the money is going =.=
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Sekele Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
just how convincing was it?
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Sekele Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
the arguments did sound reasonable, but the sub-plot with the US Navy hunting the researchers was cheesy as hell
also, the creatures looked way too human for something that was supposed to splinter-off from our evolutionary tree that early
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha yeah humans didn't even look that human back then :nod: i kinda liked the pseudo-mythology of the human-merman conflict, tho i think it would have ended with humans retreating inland and being afraid of the coast rather than them hiding in the deep.
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Sekele Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
yes, while I do believe the theory that our ancestors used to live in the water for some period of time, even after returning to land they still had some time to go before they started to look like people today

while I do think they'd have a massive advantage over our ancestors at first, I think that by the time of the bronze-age they'd be massively outmatched
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SavageHero001 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
If they're denying it, then there MUST be something there worth denying!
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Nya18 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LMFAO
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KoompasStuff Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Forget mermaids! What's my government doing about that Cloverfield monster!?
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aquaticmind Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
>> They actually did that.. My friends, the trolling begins now. I demand someone either find and or make a mermaid. NAOW. I don't care how, just do it!
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ImpulseAi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I find this offense; why wasn't there a statement about the existence, for or against, when there was a dragon documentary, hmm?
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TerryWolfster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Gringos estúpidos... -_-U
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ScaryIntentions Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
good god
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chaoman Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's quite funny.
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patientbear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Come on, seriously? :C Please tell me at least some of the bombadiers aren't from the United States, pleaaaase. I would be mortified if it turned out they were all US residents.. I mean come on, seriously?
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CybertronikPony Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What the fuck is this shit? I mean, come on!! We all know that mermaids are genetically impossible.

Or...
Are they trying to cover up a secret operation where there are actually mermaids? :O_o:
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DD2111 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??? T_____T
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:iconbroadshore:
Broadshore Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A question left unanswered for us Historian and Anthropologist.
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EJP-Gallant Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
LIES! The US Government has created Mermaids in a laboratory to be used to fight "Terrorism".

and if you can't tell I'm joking then the US Government also found out that they can use the mermaids as a cheap fish based meat to be used in fish sticks.
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Androiddxx Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw shit, 'Merica!!!
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KristalStittle Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the warnings on hairdryers: Do not use while sleeping.
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dma22120 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I wonder how much it cost the taxpayers to prove they don't.
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JetSetMax Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. This is just...Wow.

More proof that some people are just plain dumb...-and I LIVE in the US! XD
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GraphicBrat Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional
Mermaids are secret bio-weapons developed for the US Navy.
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zjam1329 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
*face palm* This country......
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Hyperchaotix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
While this quite honestly the most retarded thing science has brought us, I'm not one to just say "I don't see it, so they don't exist". While mermaids are a far fetched phenomenon, how many sea creatures have we really discovered? The ocean is a weird place and we find so many weird things that science initially says "Should not exist". Still, everything should be taken with a grain of salt and thoroughly researched and tested before coming to conclusions. I honestly don't care.

Every year I feel like idiots just lose more intellectual ability and they drag smarter people down with them.
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DD2111 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student
Yeah,we know more about space then we do about our own oceans.And that doesnt say much considering how big the universe is.
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Hyperchaotix Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I wouldn't go that far. We can have theories and scientific observations, but we don't know all that much about space relatively speaking.
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StriderSyd Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
It's a good thing this mockumentary wasn't of War Of The Worlds...
freaking out the whole U.S. East Coast again would be the last that the Dept. of Homeland Security would want to deal with.
This whole thing reminds me of the Boston Mooninite Scare.
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TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw that on tv. After watching a bit of it, I was PISSED that crap like that and the 'Ghost shows' are on DISCOVERY CHANNEL. A channel that USED to stand for science, discovery, and intellect. Broadening the mind with learning new things. Not filling it with useless fucking drivel.
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hamsterminator Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Hear hear!

In the last month I have found myself explaining to people that a)Hover vehicles don't exist (ala starwars) b) Magic tricks are tricks, not actual magic c) that stage hypnotists arent able to just walk up to anyone and make them do what they want, otherwise they wouldn't need to make a living out of stage shows... I hasten to add all these arguments were made with grown adults.
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TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually "Hover vehicles" might not, but we do have the technology for 'flying cars' at the moment. The only problem is that we have no way to govern the sky, as people will just fly around at random, and likely get in a wreck, crash, and fall back to the ground, causing ANOTHER wreck, and it's just... not doable atm. But yes, I agree with the rest. There are some adults that still believe the Earth is flat and that we all poofed into existence like 2000 years ago. hurr hurr. XD
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LordAltros Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
well, what can i say?
americans are very gulible and will beleive almost anything that a t.v. and or movie tell them.
then swear by it as fact even when you try to reason with them and tell them to use their GOD DAMN HEADS!!!
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