So, I know some of you had to watch the program on Animal Planet about mermaids that aired a few days ago. (Or at least I am hoping that some of you have) Interesting stuff huh. Rationally, could there have been a line that evolved in the water rather than on land? I think it's entirely possible, but what about proof. By now we all know that the shows on Animal Planet were hoaxes. But what about all the people throughout history who claim to have seen mermaids? Were they lying, or is it a possibility? I want to hear other people's opinions on the matter. I'm posting this same question in several different places, and I'm just really curious what the majority of people think. I honestly feel that I will get an entirely different answer from my fellow atheists, and I reserve my opinion for later. I don't want to influence anyone from their first instinctual answer. Thank you all for bearing with me and my little experiment.

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Comment by Sagacious Hawk on May 31, 2013 at 5:39pm

I will give you three links that say in more detail than I wish to explain what I think of the Aquatic Ape Theory, but I will sum it up succinctly: It's a load of crap.

Link 1: PZ Meyers

Link 2: Space Ape Parody, Read the Twitter responses. They're pretty good.

Link 3: This one gives a perspective on why this stuff won't go away after 50 years of non-acceptance..

Comment by _Robert_ on May 31, 2013 at 7:31pm

 I once spied a  centaur kissing a mermaid. Then again, that was the day before I had LAZIK.

Comment by Strega on May 31, 2013 at 7:39pm

@RobertPiano - you didn't say they were both female!

Comment by Strega on May 31, 2013 at 7:43pm

@Misty - are there really people who think that mermaids exist?  I'm scratching my head wondering  who they might be.  It's really quite weird to think we might be sharing the planet with such gullible people. 

Comment by Sagacious Hawk on May 31, 2013 at 7:56pm

Now that I think of it, it seems kind of odd for mermaids to have boobs. I imagine it'd give more water resistance. They aren't very streamlined after all. I imagine it'd turn out more like how cetaceans nurse.

And what of mermaid children, do they swim... in schools?

I should not drink and use the internet.

Comment by Unseen on May 31, 2013 at 10:09pm

@Robert Piano  I once saw a leprechaun at the end of a rainbow. When he saw me, he grabbed his pot o' gold and flew off on a unicorn.

Mermaids? You must be crazy!

Comment by Unseen on May 31, 2013 at 10:10pm

I doubt if many people were fooled, but I bet ALL of the ones who were are religious.

Comment by Strega on May 31, 2013 at 10:17pm

Comment by Unseen on May 31, 2013 at 10:40pm

I forgot to mention the prostitute on the toadstool.

Comment by Strega on May 31, 2013 at 11:10pm

How did you know I was sitting on a toadstool?  Oh no wait - I see what you mean - scratch that...

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