When did Shark Week become a thing? And is it really just a once a year thing? It seems like I hear commercials for it two or three times a year. I am aware that some channel (Discovery, maybe?) features shark shows every now and again. I am aware that they call it 'Shark Week'. But when did it become such a thing?
More importantly, when will it stop being a thing?
I love my children. I love educational television, which is always better than any reality or animated alternative. But I am growing quite tired of the shark trivia. "Mom, did you know...", followed by some bit of shark information that I could have gone my entire life not knowing, and still die happily.
Sure, sharks are interesting, cool, fierce. But, I am not a marine biologist. I generally dislike animals that can eat me. A trip to the aquarium every few years is about all the shark I need. Perhaps it is because I was a child when Jaws came out. And, like any responsible parent of the 70's, mine took me to see it. I am sure it was intended to be a lesson in water safety or something. It left an impression. I can still picture the theater, and the very seats we sat in, nearly 40 years later.
Enough with Shark Week. When is Beer Week?