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Sharks on a Train
August 9, 2013 8:16 AM   Subscribe

The MTA may not be investigating, but someone is. Perhaps they should try tweeting him?
posted by jacquilynne (27 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ah. The dreaded landshark.
posted by cavalier at 8:22 AM on August 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


The sharks are gonna have their way tonight.
posted by moonmilk at 8:28 AM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Subway Shark Mystery Probably Solved

[WARNING: the Subway Shark Mystery is much more interesting than knowing the Subway Shark Truth, with is pret-ty lame.]
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:33 AM on August 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Am I the only person that thinks this is all a bit sad and says something not particularly nice about the people who are mocking? A living thing died, and we're making jokes about it.

After the shark died, its carcass was abandoned on the subway, and some guy posed the body and took 75+ pictures of it (and himself with it.) I don't mean to be all, "won't someone think of the poor shark" or "can we have a civilization" but it really bugs me me that we're turning what is basically an act of cruelty into a big joke.
posted by zarq at 8:34 AM on August 9, 2013 [7 favorites]


We're gonna hand them a surprise tonight.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:34 AM on August 9, 2013


I went on one of those half day fishing trips that set out from Brooklyn a few weeks ago and plenty of people were catching small sharks like that. Most were thrown back but a few people took them home with the intention of eating them. I could easily see one falling out of a bucket.
posted by exhilaration at 8:34 AM on August 9, 2013


Oh god imagine the smell.
posted by elizardbits at 8:37 AM on August 9, 2013


This guy is probably in your fish and chips.
posted by occidental at 8:41 AM on August 9, 2013


The [Discovery] channel bristled at the implication. “It deeply saddens us that someone would think that this was funny, or in any way connected to our celebration of sharks,” a spokeswoman, Laurie Goldberg, said in a statement.

Well gee, your network did just air a fake documentary suggesting that a certain extinct nightmare shark was not extinct. How am I to know that leaving dead dogfish to stink up the subways isn't part of some crap viral marketing campaign for some upcoming special about the fictitious great white subway shark?
posted by RonButNotStupid at 8:43 AM on August 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


Ah. The dreaded landshark.

"...Mrs. Blrgrgruhgr? ....Um, candygram."
posted by aught at 8:52 AM on August 9, 2013


A living thing died, and we're making jokes about it.

hundreds of sharks are starving to death off the coast of africa and like most americans, you're only worried about those who die in the subway

what's more important?
posted by pyramid termite at 8:57 AM on August 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


I just can't WHO CARES enough about this. There's this bizarre memeification of NYC news that's, I dunno, a result of all the underemployed "digital natives" who moved here to Make It in New Media or something and now they all have these goofy pseudo-news blogs and the result is I have to see five dozen stories about a dead shark, or five dozen stories about cronut lines, or whatever, and it's like OTHER THINGS ARE GOING ON IN THE WORLD, PEOPLE. AUGH.

(I should probably take a walk huh?)
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:58 AM on August 9, 2013 [7 favorites]


If only this was the only kind of sharking that we had to worry about on our public transit.
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:01 AM on August 9, 2013


we're turning what is basically an act of cruelty into a big joke.

Not seeing the cruelty here. The shark was dead long before this all started.

If someone had stopped off at the taxidermist on the way to the subway this would just be a guy with a bunch of pictures of a stuffed shark.

As it is lugging around fresh corpses and having your picture taken with them is kinda tasteless and not (to me) particularly entertaining so the whole thing seems sorta pointless.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:01 AM on August 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


pyramid termite: " hundreds of sharks are starving to death off the coast of africa and like most americans, you're only worried about those who die in the subway

Who says?

what's more important?"

You're making a false equivalence anyway. This is about our reaction to a specific act and death, not to (as you seem to be implying,) which stack of bodies is bigger and therefore worth more of our attention.
posted by zarq at 9:02 AM on August 9, 2013


So...viral shit for Shark Week?
posted by Thorzdad at 9:26 AM on August 9, 2013


It was one of what, like probably trillions of living things that died that day?

And there's not even any evidence that people were directly responsible for killing it, so I don't think it even rates in the top few hundred million for acts of cruelty that happened on Wednesday. The only vaguely remarkable thing about it would seem to be that we're aware of it at all.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 9:35 AM on August 9, 2013


I was kind of hoping that this was going to be like that issue off Astray City where an insane shark cult tries to summon a demon-shark god in a subway.
posted by happyroach at 9:36 AM on August 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


It was one of what, like probably trillions of living things that died that day?

And there's not even any evidence that people were directly responsible for killing it, so I don't think it even rates in the top few hundred million for acts of cruelty that happened on Wednesday.


Man, you must be tons of fun at birthday parties.
posted by Spatch at 9:54 AM on August 9, 2013


Animal New York linked to the only news report you need to see on this topic yesterday. It's the most thorough reconstruction of possible events that I've seen.
posted by ProtoStar at 10:03 AM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was kind of hoping that this was going to be like that issue off Astray City where an insane shark cult tries to summon a demon-shark god in a subway.

Maybe it was and the cultists were 100% successful in summoning their not quite as imposing or powerful or air breathing demon-shark god as the one described in the ancient demon-shark scrolls.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 10:25 AM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man, you must be tons of fun at birthday parties.

I also do weddings and Bar Mitzvahs!
posted by strangely stunted trees at 10:26 AM on August 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


Dog sharks are so cute. They're like little baby sharks.
posted by ChuckRamone at 11:15 AM on August 9, 2013


I thought maybe this was part of a bad marketing campaign for Sharknado 2.
posted by rhythm and booze at 1:40 PM on August 9, 2013


I was kind of hoping that this was going to be like that issue off Astray City where an insane shark cult tries to summon a demon-shark god in a subway.

Kurt Busiek's Astro City, Volume 1, issue #2. "The Scoop."
posted by JDC8 at 1:44 PM on August 9, 2013


Strange Interlude: "If only this was the only kind of sharking that we had to worry about on our public transit."

Well, THAT is new to me. Tragic, but new to me.
posted by Samizdata at 1:47 PM on August 9, 2013


Predictable, last-gasp effort to normalize sharks in transit before the Affordable Care Act shark mandate kicks in on January 1st. Sorry Federal Government, this guy still isn't buying in.
posted by passerby at 5:34 PM on August 9, 2013


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