The Roomba has a history of being a Jetsons-like household appliance for overworked people who don't have the time or inclination to vacuum.
It also has a history of providing great belly laughs and lots of "awwww!" when people decide to put small animals on the tops of the robot cleaners and watch them ride around the kitchen floor.
Now, the Roomba and the cat in a shark suit have come together in a delightful celebration of Shark Week on the Discovery channel! While this is a charming feast for the eyes, most don't actually think that there is a cat-shark in someone's kitchen here to terrorize the world.
Nor do they believe in much of the garbage being peddled on the Discovery channel this week...
Those of the scientific world might say that a cat in a shark costume on a Roomba is more believable than Air Jaws: Fin of Fury and Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine. It all started with Megalodon: The Monster Shark That Lives last year. Then it kinda went downhill from there.
David Shiffman, a shark expert at the University of Miami's Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, said of last year's special,
"If this megalodon special had aired on the Syfy Channel, I probably would have loved it," he said. "But Discovery bills itself as the premier science education television station in the world and they're perpetuating this utter nonsense."
That probably hurt a little. Like a Roomba hitting your foot while your cat rides it in a shark suit.
Science writer Brian Switek also gave a similar opinion recently. He said of Shark Week,
"Discovery built its reputation with science programming. Shark Week was always a high point... But now Discovery is a joke, with the megalodon fiasco only being a confirmation of what has been clear for some time."
Discovery had better straighten up or next year's Shark Week could be a total bust.
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