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No evidence of mermaids, says US government

     
8:16 pm on Jul 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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FYI

"No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found," the service wrote in an online post.


[bbc.co.uk...]
8:31 pm on July 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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what about daryl hannah then. i suppose she doesnt exist either
11:08 pm on July 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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O what is this world coming to. Next they'll say there are no centaurs.
11:40 pm on July 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm now waiting ( but not holding my breath ;) for their logical "follow up" statement regarding the lack of evidence* for the existence of sky fairies / insert your local "god(s)" name here ..:)

*here say , hallucinations and mendacious self serving, uncorroborated writings / revelations don't count as evidence..
12:09 am on July 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The easter bunny told me they don't exist....
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The easter bunny told me they don't exist....

Oh ye of little faith. A few days ago they were saying that about the Higgs Boson.

I believe that mermaids do exist but unlike the usual stereotype they have the bottom half of a beautiful woman and the top half of a fish. More fun in some ways but no fun to kiss.
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Esther Williams? but plenty of data centaurs. ;)
8:13 am on July 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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More fun in some ways


Actually the lack of a human lower-half was one of the main "promises" of the myth, at least in some versions. The implication being that the "entertaining" of sailors was to be achieved by unconventional means.

[edited by: Shaddows at 8:18 am (utc) on Jul 5, 2012]

8:15 am on July 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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"Roll up, roll up, come and see the mermaid,
See the lovely lady, half a woman, half a fish."
In went the lads, to show it wasn't swank,
When little Tommy Higgins put some whisky in the tank.
Well, she got frisky, swimmin' in the whisky,
And when she came up for air,
She bowed to the audience, gave her tail a swish,
Her tail it came off and she really looked delish.
She said "What do you want boys, a bit o' meat or fish",
At the Rawtenstall Annual Fair

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8:32 pm on July 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@Leosghost, you are postulating that a huge number of otherwise sane people are suffering from similar hallucinations? You also have the problem that any eye-witness evidence may be a hallucination.
8:38 pm on July 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have to say, tying mermaids into the aquatic ape theory is very clever. Lovely twist to make it as convincing as possible.

Even cleverer is what they did with the site they set up:

[believeinmermaids.com ]

(the page is a fake)
9:21 pm on July 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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you are postulating that a huge number of otherwise sane people are suffering from similar hallucinations?

The more one speaks to those who others consider to be "otherwise sane", the more one is aware how, in fact they ( both groups ) are not sane..and are a very long way from it..

You also have the problem that any eye-witness evidence may be a hallucination.

You can make people see,hear, experience almost anything with the correct conditioning and stimulus and suggestions..a fact known to all illusionists, circus performers, kings, ad men, and popes, shamans, imams etc..just deal with the lizard brain ( limbic ) and the cortex, while distracting the cortex with whatever works..promise of a better (after)life usually softens the cortex enough to make it real easy..

After that a rainbow or a flame or even heat shimmer in the desert in the Middle East will get them seeing all manner of gods and their handwork..and the few who don't fall for the sensory over load will usually find a way to exploit those who do..

Mass hysteria is the easiest of all to induce and manipulate..especially in the ill educated or those looking for answers and crutches or outside entities to blame or to give them a feeling that something powerful cares for them ...
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Mass hysteria is the easiest of all to induce and manipulate..


You could take elections as an example....
9:48 pm on July 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You could take elections, as an example...

If you know how to manipulate large groups of people, and punctuation, you could, indeed ;-)

But speaking personally, ethics, have, so far, prevented me ;-)..also, from starting any religions...
11:36 pm on July 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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What about mermen?

[youtu.be...]
12:06 am on July 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ahh! The kraken wakes..;-)

Indeed , strat's the way to do it! ;-)..mermen , drifting ..amongst.. castles made of sand ..while the wind cries Mary..all along the watchtower..where a Voodoo child ( slight return), makes one rainy wish, still raining, still dreaming, stone free, in the valleys of neptune..

:)...ša va , toi ? ..,:)
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The kraken wakes

I was mystified by the presence of a kraken in the movie
:: racking brains ::
Clash of the Titans (at least I think that's the one I mean) until a student intelligently suggested it was on holiday. Aha!

You could take elections as an example

Take my election... Please.

the page is a fake

It also presents an object lesson in what happens if your editor's file encoding is different from the encoding you declare in the html ::snrk::

Do they assume that visitors will sneak a look at the source code and see the cheerful text?