Sunday, May 13, 2007

Repost Sunday: Evolution In Progress?

I rerun some of my older posts on Sundays as a way to highlight stories that you may have missed. Just think of it as 'thought recycling' and a day off, or that I am incredibly, incredibly lazy.

Now before we do anything else, I want to wish all the mothers out there (not muthas, because I already made that mistake) a Happy Mother's Day. Here's something fun to try: call up your Mom and to the tune of the famous Andy Williams holiday song 'Happy Holidays,' sing 'Happy Mother's Day.' Trust me, your Mom will be impressed and you'll score major points. You can thank me later...with cash...or lobster.

I’ve heard of the phrase “jump the shark” to describe when a TV show does something completely unbelievable to capture ratings and then the show’s creativity and popularity both decline. It was coined when Fonzie literally jumped a shark in an episode of “Happy Days” when ratings were slumping (ok, that’s enough Cliff Claven useless trivia for the day).

But now I’m reading about a walking shark? There is an AP story out about a new shark found in the waters near Indonesia that walks on its fins. I think the Walking Sharks was also the name of a popular street gang in the ‘50s, wasn’t it?

Maybe the scientists witnessed evolution in motion when they found this little guy. It has long been proposed that we evolved from the oceans and became land dwelling mammals. Of course I’m skipping several million years in one sentence, but you get the point. Perhaps the walking shark is just a few years from getting up out of the ocean, walking off the beach, putting on a 3-piece suit and becoming a high powered executive of a multimedia company. Or maybe he’ll become a professional pool player. You know, pool shark. Or for the classic Saturday Night Live fans out there, maybe he’ll just hang around on land, knock randomly on people’s apartment doors and become a land shark. Oh well, never mind. I’ll get back the point.

I think it’s interesting that this shark was only recently discovered since it obviously did not just show up in the ocean from thin air. Though it does beg the question about whether it’s a walking shark or a running shark. If the shark uses its fins to run, it could explain how it has eluded discovery for so long. I would imagine its chances of hiding increase exponentially by running than walking.

I think ocean creatures are amazing. I am a little disappointed in this newly discovered shark though. It seems like a pretty lazy species. It chooses to just walk around when it could be swimming, which has been proven to burn a lot more calories. Maybe the walking shark was the unfortunate conclusion of creation’s indecision.

“Let's see, a snake, no a shark…it can walk, no swim…on land…no on sea. Oh, forget it!”

Whatever the reason behind its existence and evolution, we should welcome this newfound species to our humble little planet. One thing is for sure though, if I’m ever snorkeling off the coast of Indonesia, I’m going to be on my best behavior. The last thing I want to do is upset a shark that can walk right up the beach and come after me!

Author’s note: In hindsight, after rereading what I’ve just written, maybe this blog has finally “jumped the shark." We all knew it would happen sooner or later.


captain corky said...

"It was coined when Fonzie literally jumped a shark in an episode of “Happy Days” when ratings were slumping"

That expression makes my blood boil every time I hear/read it. Happy Day's never "jumped the shark". Not even when Roger replaced Ritchie!

Odat said...

Knock, knock.....Candy gram!!!
I used to just love that!!!

Patti said...

I always loved those SNL land shark skits.
I once went shark hunting, believe it or not. Think "participatory journalism."

Ralph said...

The SNL skit was called 'Jaws III' with the Land Shark trying in silly ways to get past Gilda Radner's door...As for Indonesian snorkeling, remember: Sharks chomp first and ask questions second...

ShadowFalcon said...

alas I've only seen SNL once...

Natalie said...

Um I am very scared of sharks and a walking one is terrifying. Please don't post anything this scary ever again.