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Michael Phelps Raced a Shark for “Shark Week” and Lost (Video + Tweets)
Michael Phelps helped the Discovery Channel kick off “Shark Week” on Sunday with one of the most ridiculous stunts basic cable has ever seen, taking on a great white shark in a 100-meter race off the coast of South Africa in an hour-long special appropriately titled Phelps vs. Shark.
Obviously, any time a shark races a human, the shark is going to have the advantage, what with it’s MILLIONS OF YEARS OF EVOLUTION on its side. However, the folks at the Discovery Channel tried their best to level the playing field, outfitting Phelps with a sharkskin wetsuit and a pair of whale flukes.
— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 23, 2017
Needless to say, Twitter was pretty pumped for the big showdown:
If you think I’m about to sit here for an hour and watch Michael phelps race a shark than you’re absolutely correct
— Sydney Latour (@sydneymlatour) July 23, 2017
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) July 24, 2017
— •DaddÿFex™ (@Zink24) July 24, 2017
The shark will beat Michael Phelps because the shark has better work ethic becayse it didn’t smoke wacky tobacci that one time.
— Billy Football (@PMTnutrition) July 23, 2017
— Laura Dye (@LauraMDye) July 24, 2017
— Elizabeth Banks (@mosleybanks13) July 24, 2017
It’s not lookin’ good, Phelps pic.twitter.com/SzuUhzhGiU
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps – I’m not racing in 2020 in Tokyo, I’m retired
Also Michael Phelps – I’m so bored in retirement I’m gonna race a shark pic.twitter.com/U7EZO6LPCi
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 24, 2017
— Madison Marie Jones (@Maddie_Jones515) July 24, 2017
Unfortunately, neither the special wetsuit nor the whale flukes were enough to help the 23-time Olympic gold medalist overcome the odds. The great white still prevailed by a full two seconds:
— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 24, 2017
Of course, as any reasonable person could have deduced if they had just sat down to think about it, the shark WASN’T REAL. It was a computer-generated simulation.
But apparently lot of people did not make this deduction, so they felt a little cheated:
— SwimSwam (@swimswamnews) July 24, 2017
When you find out that Michael Phelps isn’t actually racing an actual shark pic.twitter.com/6KwHGaWXc9
— t (@tatummowery) July 24, 2017
Turns out “Michael Phelps races a shark” was really just “Michael Phelps swims alone and then compares his time to a shark’s time.”
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps not PHYSICALLY racing a shark but still having a tv special is equal to having a meeting when it coulda been an email :/
— MacKenzie Huneke (@Huenke) July 24, 2017
Real or not, I was still entertained.
Hat Tip – [Vox]