Why ‘Sharknado’ is One of the Great Events in History


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There are major, turning-point events in American history that you’ve had to ask you parents or grandparents for school projects or just curiosity. Questions like where they were when JFK was assassinated or what they thought when The Beetles arrived, were probably just two examples of the many that were asked. Someday, most of us will have to answer this sort of questions, like the election of President Obama and where we were when Sharknado hit.

Yep. We just put Sharknado up there with some of the most monumental events in history. Why would we do such a thing? Because the campy SyFy original movie was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime event.

In case you’re not up to speed with current events, Sharknado was another campy, cheesy movie with horrible special effects that debuted on the SyFy channel on July 11. It took Twitter by storm, literally, as everyone was talking about the latest ridiculous movie from the network that brought us Chupacabra vs. the Alamo, Sharktopus, Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid and the infamous Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. According to SyFy, the online buzz surrounding Sharknado resulted in 5,000 tweets per minute and broke the network’s social media records with 387,000 total tweets. Sharknado also came within 2,500 tweets of tying the Game of Thrones infamous “Red Wedding” episode.

That’s extremely impressive for a low-budget offering about a tornado that carries sharks out of the ocean and drops them all over LA and stars Ian Ziering, the other guy from “90210” that we don’t remember, and Tara Reid.

While the film didn’t have a breakout number of viewers, only about 1.4 million, Sharknado has already become an instant cult classic that has people discussing the actual possibility of this event happening. We’re serious.

The New York Post went on the hunt to find out if a “sharknado” could hit NYC, but they renamed it a “sharkicane,” which does sound more threatening. Marine biologist Joe Yaiullo, of the Long Island Aquarium, stated that “Hurricanes can carry huge volumes of water with them 20 or 30 feet over land — and whatever happens to be in that water does get transported along.”

Another expert, Christopher Dold, vice president of veterinary services at SeaWorld, told ABC News that “This would certainly be unusual, although not beyond the realm of possibility.”

Great. Just when you were recovering from Sandy, people on the East Coast have to worry about sharks raining down on them. But, in reality it’s highly unlikely. At least we hope so. But, have you ever heard of such an over-the-top movie sparking an actual discussion with experts?

Besides freaking out thousands of people and dominating social media, viewers could be in store for a second storm with a Sharknado sequel. There’s nothing official, but word is that a sequel is in the works. And, both lead actors are down for returning for more mayhem. And, it has to be even crazier. It just has to be. We’re excited about the possibilities of more sharks devouring a major city.

In case you missed being a part of history the first time, SyFy will air Sharknado again on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. ET. Seriously. Don’t miss this event. It’s not everyday that you get a second chance to witness such a historic event like sharks raining down on the City of Angels.


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