Tuesday, July 10, 2012

News Shell 3

To my surprise, today's News Shell was delivered on time, and to its proper place. It appears that the news merboy knows that I've been blogging about him. Let's see what we find in today's edition.

What? No Mermaids?

Everyone has been talking about mermaids recently. As you have probably read, NOAA responded to the Animal Planet program about mermaids by publishing a statement that basicly boils down to 'mermaids do not exist'. As a mermaid myself, this is a bit of a letdown. In any case, the result of the NOAA announcement has been an increased interest in mermaids. This is good news for mermaid bloggers like myself! A large number of publications have posted related articles. Here are just a few of them:

One of the first related articles I saw was from Gizmodo. It has the very dark sounding title, 'Swimmable Mermaid Tails Are an Embarrassing Way to Drown'. The short article mentions Monika Naumann of 3-Fins, one of the many vendors creating swimmable mermaid tails.

A very similar article about Monica can be found on the io9 web site under the much brighter title of 'Live out your mermaid dreams with these swimmable tails.'

SFGate, a blog by the San Francisco Chronicle, provides us with a short history of mermaids in popular culture, complete with a photo gallery. The title of the article is, 'U.S. Government: There are no mermaids.'

Author and columnist Varla Ventura wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled, 'Mermaids: Aquatic Facts About the Sirens of the Sea.'  Varla has been researching mermaids for her upcoming book. In the Huffington Post article, Varla gives a brief history of mermaids including facts and legends. A very interesting read!

But what do the mermaids think of all this? In a recent Facebook post, Mermaid Linden Wolbert of Mermaids in Motion posted an under water photo of herself with the comment, 'NOAA, I disagree. Mermaids do exist :)'.

Under Water Texting

In an article targeted to divers, but just as important for mermaids, Bookofjoe introduces us to the 'World's first iPhone case that lets you text under water.'  The article explains that while a number of protective cases exist that let you take your phone under water, this one allows you to actually use the touch-screen.

If you should buy one of these, I would love to receive an under water text from you!


If you are an Angry Birds fan and have not downloaded 'Angry Birds Seasons' as yet, now is the time to do so. Those with Apple devices can download the program for free for another few days. When you launch the app, you are given a choice of 2011 or 2012 seasons. Choose 2012, and get ready to laugh out loud. The first world is called 'Piglantis' and the icon shows a pig with a fish-tail. Merfolk ARE everywhere.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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