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10 May 2002 @ 12:10 pm
You know it's dumb without even seeing it...  
Heard a commercial for one of those "broadcast world premiere" movies on the radio this morning. It's the horror one with the genetically engineered sharks. They were of course doing sound blips, and one (or two?) of them was, "we increased their brain size, as a side effect it made them more intelligent."

_Side _effect? What the hell were you _trying_ to accomplish? "We thought sharks are kind of unatractive to look at, so we thought we'd increase their brain size to make the shape of the skull more aesthetically pleasing."

I'm sure there's a (slightly?) better reason than that given in the movie, but standing alone like it was, it sounds _really_ dumb.
 
 
 
Dalton Grahamdaltong on May 10th, 2002 12:54 pm (UTC)
i HATE that sort of thing. yesterday i saw a website about a fellow who says he has proven that positive thinking can change the structure of water. there are a million holes in his "proof," but one really annoying thing was this: he said he tried doing this and that to the water ("good" thoughts resulted in pretty crystals being formed as the water was changing to solid; "bad" thoughts resulted in murky patterns [only a few results were shown, of course...we didn't need to see the results that didn't fit with the theory]), and then he said that he decided to ask a monk to pray over the water--"because he was curious."

argh! he just off-handedly thought hey, i'm trying to put all these good vibrations into water...oh, gosh, on the side, i think i'll ask this holy man to pray over it...but only because i'm curious, not because it fits in with my experiment or anything.

as an unrelated aside (ha ha): i really enjoy your critical thinking with regards to radio commercials. (ok, i would enjoy all of your critical thinking, but i've read it primarily on the topic of radio commercials.
Kelem Kilnarakkaranlikmelek on May 11th, 2002 02:29 am (UTC)
Deep Blue Sea?
As I've actually seen that.. ('cause it used to be on like.. HBO every couple weeks).. they made the sharks and the shark's brains bigger because they wanted some chemical in them. Said chemical could be used to cure cancer, I think. And it was only found in shark brains. So they made the brains bigger. Although it probably *would* be stupid hearing that, without knowing that part of the plot. It was a fairly bad movie, anyway. Special effects with the sharks was neat, 'though. And... there were some fairly gory scenes, which were pleasing...

Erm. Hi there.
DonAithnendonaithnen on May 15th, 2002 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Deep Blue Sea?
*giggles* hello =)

I'm not sure that cuts it. Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to grow twice as many sharks rather than investing a huge amount of money researching how to make sharks with brains twice as big? =)