Dont Trust Everything You See on Shark Week

first_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida Stay on target Happy 30th anniversary, Shark Week!The Discovery Channel’s annual extravaganza launched in July 1988, and is now the longest-running cable television event in history.But the week-long summer favorite has become its own beast, with a legacy described by conservation biologist David Shiffman as “a mixed bag.““I both love and hate Shark Week, but I watch it every year, the postdoctoral research fellow Canada’s Simon Fraser University wrote in a Washington Post op-ed about the series “good, bad, and sometimes ugly influence.”Originally devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions, the program evolved into an entertainment phenomenon.Early hosts (scarce though they were) included Jaws author Peter Benchley, British wildlife presenter Nigel Marven, Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and survival expert Les Stroud.Gaining popularity in the late-Aughts, the programming block shifted gears, hiring the likes of late-night emcee Craig Ferguson, actor Andy Samberg, YouTube personality Philip DeFranco, comedian Josh Wolf, and filmmaker Eli Roth.For whatever reason, Shaquille O’Neal is moderating this year’s anniversary special.“Science is often at the forefront of Shark Week shows, though it’s regularly blended with celebrity cameos,” Shiffman said, citing last year’s “much-hyped” race between Olympian Michael Phelps and a computer-generated, superimposed great white shark.(Spoiler alert: Phelps lost.)“It’s science first, but mixed with entertainment to keep the audience engaged,” Scott Lewers, Discovery’s executive vice president of digital media, said in a statement to the Post.Sure, Shark Week is fun, informational, and inspiring: Kat Mowle, now a University of North Florida grad student studying bonnetheads, recalls first watching when she was eight, growing up in the mountains of Colorado.But with great power comes great responsibility—and Discovery Channel often does not take its role seriously enough.As Shiffman pointed out, there is a “glaring problem” with the firm’s selection of experts, most of whom are men, despite a good gender balance in the field. It also (sometimes deliberately) disseminates false information.“Sometimes they parrot common myths; other times they seem to invent nonsense,” he wrote.“When I give talks, audience members regularly ask about falsehoods they’ve heard on Shark Week. (No, sharks can not smell a drop of blood a mile away),” Shiffman continued. “It would not be hard for the series to hire a fact-checker.”Or just stop lying to viewers.In one case, marine biologist Kristine Stump and colleagues were filmed conducting experiments on sharks in the Bahamas.But, because tagging and measuring animals doesn’t make for good television, Discovery went in with heavy post-production, depicting real science as part of a fictitious quest to solve an urban legend.Shark Week does have some redeeming qualities, according to Shiffman, whose 2018 picks include “Shark Tank vs. Shark Week” (Shark Tank investors swim with real sharks and hear pitches about conservation charities); “Tiger Shark Invasion” (follows creatures in the Galapagos Islands); “SharkCam Stakeout” (high-tech cameras study fish in the Bahamas); and “Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy” (on shark eating behavior and Bahamian cuisine).“But I’d skip ‘Shark vs. Bear,’ survivalist Bear Gryll’s tips on withstanding those uncommon bites,” the expert said. “And although it might be hard to resist the pairing of nude humans and marine predators, I’d stay away from ‘Naked and Afraid of Sharks.’ Sharks everywhere will thank you.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Ancient Mayan Altar Reveals Game of ThronesEsque Empire

first_imgStay on target Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France A 1,500-year-old carved altar, unearthed at the Mayan site of La Corona, is drawing comparisons to one of the most popular television dramas of all time.Spotted among jungle forest of the Petén department in northern Guatemala, the altar provides new evidence of how the Kaanul dynasty began its two-century domination of rival kingdom Tikal.A team of architects, led by Tulane University professor Marcello Canuto, announced their find last week at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala City.“The discovery of this altar allows us to identify an entire new king of La Corona who apparently had close political ties with the capital of the Kaanul kingdom, Dzibanche, and with the nearby city of El Peru-Waka,” according to Canuto, director of the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane and co-director of the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project (PRALC).The 4.8-foot by 3.9-foot slab of limestone displays an image of previously unknown King Chak Took Ich’aak carrying a double-headed serpent figure. It also details a wedding between a princess from the Serpent Kingdom and a King of La Corona.“This altar shows us a part of Guatemala’s history and in this case, around 1,500 years ago, I would call this the historical Mayan version of Game of Thrones,” project co-director Tomas Barrientos told the AFP, comparing the kingdom’s manipulation to that of George R.R. Martin’s fictional noble families.A nearby column of hieroglyphs, meanwhile, recorded in the Maya long count calendar the end of a half-k’atun period (equal to 3,600 days), corresponding to May 12, 544 AD.“For several centuries during the Classic period, the Kaanul kings dominated much of the Maya Lowlands,” Barrientos, director of the Center for Archaeological and Anthropological Research at the University of the Valley of Guatemala, said in a statement.“This altar contains information about their early strategies of expansion, demonstrating that La Corona played an important role in the process from the beginning,” he explained.Canuto and Barrientos have been researching the Maya city since 2008; PRALC will continue their work, investigating the altar to better understand its importance and historical context.The team also included David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center of the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Guatemalan archaeologists Maria Antonieta Cajas and Alejandro González.In 2016, a 15-year-old Canadian discovered a lost Mayan city via Google Earth. And earlier this year, laser technology was used to uncover thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden beneath Guatemalan jungle. Read more about archaeology and Game of Thrones on Geek.com.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Cosplayer Creates Awesome Star Wars ATAT Costume for Horse

first_img Did this horse just win Halloween?We know dogs in costumes are cute, but horses can get in on the cosplay action, too. A creative cosplayer recently unveiled an incredibly detailed Star Wars AT-AT Walker costume for his 2,000-pound horse. Corrie is hoping to set a Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Star Wars Costume,” and is raising funds for the entry fee via a GoFundMe campaign.We’ll give all the treats to this exquisite equine.More on Geek.com:Photos: Good Doggos in Costumes at Halloween Dog Parade in NYCCan You Beat These Incredible Gaming World Records?Best Cosplay from New York Comic Con 2018 Mike Corrie of Mike’s Tiny Things in Martinsville, Indiana built the costume for his “tolerant” horse, Moana. He spent nine months to ensure the costume was comfortable, making and remaking it until it was just right. Stay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

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113 WWE RAW remains among the top 25 shows on cable

first_img Google+ Twitter Kanye West Pinterest Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The 11/3 WWE RAW once again ranked among the top 25 shows on cable for the week ending 11/9/14. The show came in at No. 13, No. 15 and No. 17.The show, which had an average of 4.04 million viewers, came in at No. 16, No. 17 and No. 20 last week.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeupcenter_img Videos Articles Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kendall Jenner opens up about her insecurities WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)last_img read more

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621 WWE Results Kalamazoo Michigan CenaKane

first_img Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie 6/21 WWE Results: Kalamazoo, Michigan1. WWE United States Champion John Cena def. Kane2. Macho Mandow & Axel Mania def. The Miz & Heath Slater3. Neville def. Bo Dallas4. Cesaro def. Kofi Kingston5. Emma & Alicia Fox def. Cameron & Summer Rae with Layla as Guest Referee.6. WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime-Time Players def. The New Day7. Dolph Ziggler def. King Barrett in a Steel Cage Match when R-Truth interfered.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Xavier Woods Facebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles The Miz Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel center_img Google+ Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Triple H Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more

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Upcoming road schedule for WWE this weekend 87813

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Upcoming road schedule for WWE from August 7 to August 13, 2015.* 8/7 live event in Melbourne, Australia* 8/7 NXT live event in Orlando, Florida* 8/8 live event in Sydney, Australia* 8/8 live event in Victoria, British Columbia* 8/8 NXT live event in Largo, Florida* 8/9 live event in Vancouver, British Columbia* 8/10 RAW TV tapings live in Everett, Washington* 8/11 Smackdown/Main Event TV tapings in Portland, Oregon* 8/13 NXT TV tapings in Winter Park, FloridaAttending any of these events over the next week? Send us a live report to either AdamMartin@wrestleview.com or Jason@wrestleview.com.center_img Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitterlast_img read more

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WrestleMania Week kicks off on Wrestleview including three live podcasts this weekend

first_img Pinterest Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Ah, WrestleMania week! The equivalent of the NFL’s Super Bowl week, FIFA World Cup month, NBA Playoff time or… well, you get the idea.The good news is we here at Wrestleview.com have you covered! Every day this week we will have something for you as we build up for the big show on Sunday night (which will probably end in the early hours on Monday).Strap yourself in because here’s what we have for you!Monday – WWE RAWIt’s the biggest go home show of the year (well, one of two including Smackdown Live) and just like every week, we’ll have live coverage of WWE RAW where we will also be live tweeting our thoughts. Will The Undertaker finally appear and accept John Cena’s challenge for a match at WrestleMania? Join us to find out together!Tuesday – WWE Smackdown LiveThe last show before the big event on Sunday for the blue brand. Will there be any other major announcements by the now medically cleared Smackdown Live GM, Daniel Bryan? Will we have an update on the status of Shane McMahon? Just like we’ll be doing Monday, we will have live results of Smackdown Live as well as tweets throughout the show.Wednesday – Wrestleview Weekly Live on TwitchIf you aren’t subscribed to Wrestleview Weekly Live by Doug on Twitch, don’t feel too bad. You’ll get another opportunity as Doug will be live doing what he does best Wednesday night on Twitch! Join Doug over at twitch.tv/dougwrestleview!Thursday – Throwback ThursdayIt’s Throwback Thursdy and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for this one as we’ll be posting past WrestleMania moments all day. Some moments which you’ll probably remember (spoiler, we will post the iconic Hulk Hogan bodyslam on Andre the Giant) and others which you might have forgotten about (Hollywood Backlot Brawl from WrestleMania 12, anyone?)! So make sure to follow us on both social media platforms to get your dosage!Friday – Hall of FameWrestleMania weekend officially kicks off as we will cover the Class of 2018 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony live as it takes place on the WWE Network. Join us on Twitter for live thoughts during the entire ceremony or join us for live coverage if you can’t tune in.Saturday – NXT TakeOverThe fun isn’t restricted to the main WWE roster! With NXT TakeOver the night before WrestleMania, we’ll present live coverage of NXT TakeOver: New Orleans here and then present our first of three podcasts reviewing the show on YouTube when it concludes!Sunday – WWE WrestlemaniaAre you read for a day full of WWE WrestleMania coverage?We will be covering the event from wall to wall or in 2018 terms, from social media channel to right here. Pictures, videos, news – we’ll have the complete stories as we build up for the big (7 hour) event including the live Kickoff Show.Still want more? Well, our second of three podcasts will go live on YouTube right after WrestleMania goes off the air to review the biggest show of the year!Monday – Wrestlemania Fallout (April 9)You didn’t think the fun stops at WrestleMania did you?It’s become tradition that the RAW following a WrestleMania is sometimes even bigger than WrestleMania itself. So just like every other week, make sure to join us to see what surprises the WWE will spring on us this year!Plus, we will present our third consecutive podcast live on YouTube after RAW!Check out our most recent podcast: WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Google+center_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27last_img read more

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Johnny Gargano on winning the NXT Title Ive dreamt of this moment

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Pinterest Patriots Offense Shows Much Promise But Can Get Even Better Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Twitter Tom Keenecenter_img WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Jakobi Meyers, Jarrett Stidham Shine As Patriots Crush Lions WWE is featuring an interview with new NXT Champion Johnny Gargano (above) shortly after he defeated Adam Cole in the main event of last night’s TakeOver: New York.Gargano spoke at length about capturing the championship for the first time.“I’ve dreamt of this moment for a very, very long time. I never knew if it would come, honestly. And I tried to imagine what it would feel like and who would be there. I couldn’t dream up a more perfect night than tonight. Waiting makes things more perfect when they happen. It really is a dream come true, for someone like me who was told that they would never be in this company to becoming the first triple crown champion in NXT history. I love NXT. I want to do what I can to carry this company.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 55.59%0:04Remaining Time -2:56 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jamie Collins Comes Back To Gillette Now Playing Up Next Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Patriots Make Trade As Tight End Situation Falls Into Rough Shape Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

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Police Woman confronted by burglars 3 arrested

first_imgA woman told police she was confronted by three burglars in her Ridgefield home Wednesday night. Three suspects were later arrested.A resident at 2021 S. Osprey Drive in Ridgefield called 911 just after 9 p.m. to report that she was upstairs, home alone, and could hear noises at the lower level of the residence, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office reported.The caller, still on the phone with a dispatcher, was confronted by the suspects, who took her phone and broke it, the sheriff’s office said. They left with an unknown amount of property.A Ridgefield police officer responded and reportedly saw the suspects’ vehicle leaving the area. The officer began a pursuit.The vehicle crashed a short distance later, and three men inside fled on foot, deputies reported.A sheriff’s deputy responding to the area located one suspect after a short foot chase and took that suspect into custody.Law enforcement with the assistance of the sheriff’s office K-9 searched the area for the remaining two suspects. The dog tracked the suspects to a large swampy area east of where the crash occurred and found them hiding in a clump of brush. They, too, were taken into custody.last_img read more

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State budget agreement looks at a mix of resources

first_imgOLYMPIA — A bipartisan budget agreement that has taken months to reach and addresses a court mandate on education funding looks at a mix of resources: An increase to the statewide property tax earmarked for education, a new requirement for all online retailers to collect sales tax and the closure of a few tax exemptions.The details on the long-awaited plan were released in bits and pieces Thursday, a day after legislative leaders announced they had reached a deal between the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate. The education plan, which lawmakers say spends $7.3 billion over four years, also keeps in place local property tax levies but caps them beginning in 2019 at a lower level and requires they be used for programs that supplement basic education. Two current tax exemptions — one on sales tax on bottled water and another on fuel extraction that benefits oil companies — are also eliminated.Legislative leaders say the budget complies with a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that they must meet the state’s constitutional requirement to fully fund the state’s basic education system. Lawmakers have already put more than $2 billion toward the issue since the ruling, but the biggest piece remaining of the court order is figuring out how much the state must provide for teacher salaries. School districts currently pay a big chunk of those salaries with local property-tax levies.The court has said that the state has until Sept. 1, 2018, to do that, but that the details — including funding — must be in place before the Legislature adjourns this year.Lawmakers — who started their regular 105-day legislative session in January — have had to go into three overtime sessions, and only recently reached agreement after overnight negotiations that ended Wednesday morning.last_img read more

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