U.S. Gov’t Clarifies: We Have No Evidence Of Mermaids

There is no evidence that mermaids exist, a US government scientific agency has said. The National Ocean Service made the unusual declaration in response to public inquiries following a TV show on the mythical creatures.

It is thought some viewers may have mistaken the programme for a documentary. “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” the service wrote in an online post.

The National Ocean Service posted an article last week on its educational , Ocean Facts. Images and tales of mermaids – half-human, half-fish – appear in mythology and art from across the world and through history, from Homer’s Odyssey to the oral lore of the Australian aboriginals, the service wrote.


The article was written from publicly available sources because “we don’t have a mermaid science programme”, National Ocean Service spokeswoman Carol Kavanagh told the BBC. The programme was a work of fiction but its wink-and-nod format apparently led some viewers to believe it was a science education show, the Discovery Channel has acknowledged.

Have you ever seen a mermaid or do you know someone who has? Do you believe that mermaids really exist or not? Tell us your opinion about these popular mythical creatures!

Source: BBC News

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James Cameron Sued for Stealing ‘Avatar’ Idea

James Cameron is an idea stealing thief … who ripped the story for “Avatar” from a science fiction nerd who once worked with Cameron’s production company … this according to a new lawsuit.

Cameron is being sued by a guy named Eric Ryder — who claims back in 1997, he came up with a movie called “KRZ 2068” — an “environmentally themed 3-D epic about a corporation’s colonization and plundering of a distant moon’s lush and wondrous natural setting.”

According to the suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Ryder claims his reps pitched the movie idea to Cameron’s production company back in 1999 … and it was so well received, they had multiple serious meetings with high ranking execs about the development of the project.  But Ryder claims in 2002, the company officially shut down the project — telling him, “No one would go see an environmentally themed feature length science fiction movie.”

So when “Avatar” hit theaters in 2009 … and made bazillions … Ryder was furious.

In his suit, Ryder alleges he complained to Cameron’s people in 2009 — but when they finally got back to him earlier this year, they told him to kick rocks, claiming J.C. had written the story before 1999.

 

Source: TMZ.com

Image: The Telegraph