An Animal Planet feature called “Mermaids: The Body Found” has apparently fooled enough people to prompt the US National Ocean Service to issue a declaration: “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
Portraying film footage of “3.1 million years ago”—you know, the dawn of the silver screen era—Animal Planet portrays “a picture of the existence of mermaids” which was “wildly convincing” enough apparently for many people, who then bombarded the government with “public inquiries,” according to BBC.
Frighteningly, these same people also have the right to vote.
The whole story was fabricated—a docu-fiction—but convincingly portrayed as the truth. The irony is that the “fiction” included little more than the theory of evolution, the straight-faced testimony of “scientists,” and the employ of professional media. And with just these things, they were able to convince people of a pure myth, a pure fabricated lie.
Now, consider the actual theory of evolution, advanced by the exact same means.