Television's 5 Least Scary Sharks
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Discovery Channel's 26th annual Shark Week is upon us, a week of programming featuring nothing but nature's most deadly killing machine. However, all this anti-shark propaganda is beginning to give sharks a bad name. Sure, they mercilessly rip an occasional swimmer apart with their powerful jaws and razor-sharp teeth, but that is just a small minority of the greater shark population. Despite the stereotypes, not all sharks are vicious killers; some, like those listed below, provide entertainment or valuable services to the world at large.
In the 1970s, Hanna-Barbera tried to replicate the success of their show Scooby Doo with various alternatives to the "group of kids and a talking pet solves crimes" formula. In 1976, they premiered Jabberjaw, a show about an underwater rock band with a talking shark for a drummer. Nothing desensitizes children to the dangers of a shark more effectively than seeing one playing the drums, talking like Curly from The Three Stooges, and complaining about getting "no respect."
Greg "The Great White Shark" Norman
This Australian native spent a good part of the '80s and '90s ranked as the number one professional golfer in the world. His nickname is a reference to his aggressive golf style, and should in no way be taken to mean that he goes into a killing frenzy at the scent of blood. As of this writing, Mr. Norman has not been implicated in any evisceration that has been made public.