What’s up to twenty-five feet long, weighing approximately 5,000 pounds and is nicknamed the “Great White Death”? Sounds like your worst nightmare, right? Actually what we are describing here is a Great White Shark. This elusive and occasionally man-eating creature has quite the reputation, and now thanks largely to the Discovery Channel, it even has it’s own celebratory week honoring itself and many other shark species. It’s at this time of the year that we begin to wonder again if it is actually safe to go in the water, especially as we also turn our attention to the mesmerizing images of sharks featured in the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week special programming.
At this time every year, one of the most popular cable TV channels, does it’s darndest to scare the living crap out of us with up-close and personal images, videos and documentaries about some pretty voracious looking sharks, while still trying to convince us simultaneously that sharks are just super cool and really have little interest at all in making us humans part of their evening meal. Shark Week has gotten so popular that it has gone way beyond just what’s actually seen on the Discovery Channel, the entire week now having dove into it’s rightful place as a swimmingly celebrated pop culture phenomenon. During Shark Week, you will likely see oceans full of references to sharks and anything shark-related, and trust me, it’s no accident. There is something quite fascinating about these toothy creatures. They are mesmerizing and elegant while at the same time having the ability to be pretty darn terrifying.
Because around these parts we love to celebrate all things scary, real or imagined, we’ve come up with a few ways you can add a little bit of a fishy-style fear factor to the last remaining days of your summer by getting into the exciting vibe that is found during Shark Week.
Movies: There are some pretty epic shark-themed films out there for your viewing pleasure that are sure to get you pumped up about all things “shark”. Dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun…our favorite shark movies include:
- Jaws 2
- Jaws 3-D
- Open Water
- Deep Blue Sea
- Shark Night 3-D
Dress Like a Shark: This probably is a very bad idea if you are going anywhere near a beach, but if you are just looking for a fun/entertaining way to really feel the whole shark vibe, head to toe, a hilarious shark costume is a great way to go.
Eat Shark-Themed Snacks: Cut mozzarella cheese into triangle shapes, and call them “shark-teeth”. This snack idea is super fun for kids while also being perfect for busy moms who want to perpetuate all things “shark”. Another quick idea is to pour Goldfish crackers into a large bowl, adding a plastic toy shark as a garnish. Quick, easy and so fun!
Drink Grown-Up Shark-Themed Drinks: I’m down!
- The Great White Vodka: Vodka, Ruby Red cocktail, splash of Blue Curacao.
- Shark-a-rita’s: 1 splash raspberry liqueur, 1-1/2 oz. white tequila, ½ oz. triple sec, 1 oz. lemon juice.
- Blood in the Water: 2 pts. Citrus vodka, 2 pts. Club soda, 1 pt. fresh grapefruit, a drizzle of grenadine.
Ponder Deep-Sea Mysteries: Have you ever wondered what would happen if a flesh-eating zombie and a shark went at it one on one? Who would come out the winner? Apparently some other great minds out there wondered the same thing, including Italian filmmaker, Lucio Fulci who was the mastermind behind this piece of zombie vs. shark brilliance. (From Zombi 2-1979.)
Happy Shark Week from your friends at Halloween Express!