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Guy named Dragan reinvents the term “jumping the shark”

When a television show channels its inner Happy Days and features something as ludicrous as the Fonz jumping over a pair of sharks on waterskis those in the media biz know its days are numbered. It is said to have “jumped the shark”… this is a pejorative description of the act of doing anything to garner ratings and attention. Or it was. Until now. A Serbian man named Dragan was swimming at the beach and decided that it would be fun to jump off a high diving board. He landed on a shark. A man eater. Killing it. Here’s the news story, corroborated on the New York Post’s website.

Here’s a snippet:

“Dragan climbed on the jumping board, told me to hold his beer and simply ran to jump. There was no time for me to react or to try to stop him, he just went for it” says Milovan.

“Dragan jumped high and plunged down to the sea, but didn’t make as much splash as we thought he would”, explained Milovan.

The reason could be because Dragan Stevic ended up jumping straight on the shark which was lurking near the beach, probably looking for its next victim. Dragan had nailed it right in the head, killing it instantly. The Egyptian police found the shark washed out on the beach that morning.

Sadly. The story is a fake. Not even a good one. And it’s an indictment on the state of modern journalism that the New York Post decided to run it just because it had already reached a viral tipping point online. They have jumped the shark.

Who would win?

Speculation is fun. But there’s nothing like speculation that involves pitting one party against another. This fascination began when, as a child, I would catch bees in match boxes and put them in jars with green ants. Locking them together in a fight to the death.

This probably says something about some deep seeded psychological problems that will come back to haunt me.

A couple of years ago I contacted a crocodile specialist to find out who would win a fight between a croc and a shark (Townsville has both in droves).

The Pacman v Mario video I posted today is part of a series of these conceptual match ups. It’s like the celebrity deathmatch claymotion series… just with fictional characters in line drawings, and names changed to prevent trademark infringement.

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