History Series / FatalAttractions

30th Apr '16 8:44:28 PM MacronNotes
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Fatal Attractions is a "[[DocumentaryOfLies documentary]]" series on AnimalPlanet that first aired in 2010.

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Fatal Attractions is a "[[DocumentaryOfLies documentary]]" documentary series on AnimalPlanet that first aired in 2010.
2nd Feb '16 10:53:59 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DocumentaryOfLies: [[http://capefearserpentarium.com/Fatalattractions.pdf Elaborated on here]] by Dean Ripa, a Herpetologist who was featured as a subject on "Seven Deadly Bites", an episode about snakebite victims. They attempted to QuoteMine him during an interview, ignored his advice to make the facts presented more scientifically accurate in favour of a sensationalistic approach, and hired a quack to be a {{Talking Head|s}} to lend themselves credibility.
** Ripa's credibility, unfortunately, is also rather questionable, given that some of the rhetoric in that article makes him look [[ConspiracyTheorist nuttier than a bag of pistachios.]]
26th Mar '15 8:17:41 PM OnTheHillside
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** One episode featured a man who said that he shared a "special bond" with a crocodile and even goes swimming with it. Considering the crocodile suffered a bullet wound to the head and is brain-damaged (which might explain its unusually docile behavior), the man is still lucky the crocodile hasn't mauled him to death yet.
*** He also said that he and the crocodile "understand" each other. Uh, no. Crocodiles have their own set of social behaviors that they use to communicate with one another. Unless you know how to speak "crocodile", you're not going to understand them and you're certainly ''not'' going to be able to swim with them.

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** One episode featured a man who said that he shared a "special bond" with a crocodile and even goes went swimming with it. Considering The two actually did spend 23 years together without incident, but the fact that the crocodile had suffered a bullet wound to the head and is brain-damaged (which might explain its unusually docile behavior), the man is still lucky the crocodile hasn't mauled him to death yet.
*** He also said that he and the crocodile "understand" each other. Uh, no. Crocodiles
(potentially brain damaging it) may have their own set of social behaviors that they use to communicate with one another. Unless you know how to speak "crocodile", you're not going to understand them and you're certainly ''not'' going to be able to swim with them.played a part in this.
5th Nov '14 2:41:57 PM OnTheHill
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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath / FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Nearly ''everyone'' who keeps an exotic pet on the show is either brutally killed or is horrifically mauled. This includes a man whose face was ripped off by a chimpanzee, a woman who was bitten on the skull by her pet panther, and a woman who bled to death after being bitten by a Gaboon viper.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath / FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Nearly ''everyone'' who keeps an exotic pet on the show is either brutally killed or is horrifically mauled. This includes a man whose face was ripped off by a chimpanzee, chimpanzee (albeit not the one he and his wife raised), a woman who was bitten on the skull by her pet panther, and a woman who bled to death after being bitten by a Gaboon viper.
18th May '14 8:09:08 AM CheeseDogX
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* ScienceMarchesOn: One episode featuring crocodiles had a herpetologist come on and talk about reptile behavior. He states that the concept of "play" is purely mammalian and that reptiles would have no need for play. Recent studies show that at least Komodo Dragons have been documented engaging in playful behavior, however.

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* ScienceMarchesOn: One episode featuring crocodiles had a herpetologist come on and talk about reptile behavior. He states that the concept of "play" is purely mammalian and that reptiles would have no need for play. Recent More recent studies show that at least Komodo Dragons have been documented engaging in playful behavior, however.



** One episode about snakes had an expert state that snakes aren't very intelligent and they act more on instinct rather than learned behavior. Recent studies have shown that snakes are more intelligent than previously thought, and that constrictors (IE: Boas, pythons, etc.) actually do ''learn'' how much pressure they need to squeeze unto their prey to kill it and how long they need to squeeze (Recent studies show that boas/pythons will only stop constricting once they're sure their prey is dead by checking to see if the heart is still beating).

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** One episode about snakes had an expert state that snakes aren't very intelligent and they act more on instinct rather than learned behavior. Recent More recent studies have shown that snakes are more intelligent than previously thought, and that constrictors (IE: Boas, pythons, etc.) actually do ''learn'' how much pressure they need to squeeze unto their prey to kill it and how long they need to squeeze (Recent (More recent studies show that boas/pythons will only stop constricting once they're sure their prey is dead by checking to see if the heart is still beating).



** A recent episode had a woman actually go out of her tents to sleep under the stars in the African savannah, only to be mauled by a hyena. Same episode also had a drunk man keeping his door open and allowing the hyena access to his home.

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** A recent Another episode had a woman actually go out of her tents to sleep under the stars in the African savannah, only to be mauled by a hyena. Same episode also had a drunk man keeping his door open and allowing the hyena access to his home.
22nd Apr '14 2:07:19 AM BlackbirdMizu
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** One episode was making a big deal about how a man's pet Nile monitors ate his body after he died. This is something that any carnivore, even a domestic cat or dog, would do if it got hungry enough.
11th Mar '14 10:10:02 AM DefLiepard
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** Even reptile owners are not safe from the hypocrisy. While owners of chimpanzees, tigers, deer, and even elephants are portrayed sympathetically as misguided people, owners of snakes, crocodiles, and lizards are almost always portrayed as egotistical, mentally disturbed, or LonersAreFreaks type of individuals. Completely ignoring the fact that many people get pet tigers, wolves, etc. just so they can brag they have a "badass" animal for a pet.

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** Even reptile owners are not safe from the hypocrisy. While owners Owners of chimpanzees, exotic mammals (chimpanzees, tigers, deer, and even elephants wolves, etc.) are ofter portrayed sympathetically as misguided people, owners people. Owners of snakes, crocodiles, and lizards are almost always portrayed as egotistical, mentally disturbed, or LonersAreFreaks type of individuals. Completely ignoring the fact that many people get pet tigers, wolves, etc. just so individuals even when they can brag they have a "badass" animal for a pet.[[NotSoDifferent share the same traits as owners of dangerous mammals.]]



* KarmaHoudini: Averted in one episode. One woman kept a large number of tigers in New Jersey in horrible conditions. She allowed the tigers to breed uncontrollably, would interfere any way possible with the law to prevent them from inspecting her enclosures, and constantly denied that one (or possibly more) of her tigers had escaped. While her tigers ''were'' taken away from her due to the poor living conditions they were in, it was her ''husband'' (who was already over-worked from having to work the props on Broadway) who got the worse punishment (He was severely mauled by one of the tigers).

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* KarmaHoudini: Averted in one episode. One woman kept a large number of tigers in New Jersey in horrible conditions. She allowed the tigers to breed uncontrollably, would interfere any way possible with the law to prevent them from inspecting her enclosures, and constantly denied that one (or possibly more) of her tigers had escaped. While her tigers ''were'' taken away from her due to the poor living conditions they were in, it was her ''husband'' (who was already over-worked from having to work the props on Broadway) who got the worse punishment punishment. (He was severely mauled by one of the tigers).tigers.)



** One episode portrayed a deceased man's Nile monitors as the shifty-eyed culprits behind his death (more likely, the man's death was merely a coincidence and the starving reptiles were just scavenging on whatever food they could get).
7th Feb '14 1:15:04 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* {{Bambification}}: Subverted. One episode features a man who thought he could keep a deer as a pet, believing them to be pure, gentle creatures of the wild. He was [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath gored to death]] by a buck that [[EyeScream stabbed him in the eye]] and pierced his brain.

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* {{Bambification}}: Subverted.Averted. One episode features a man who thought he could keep a deer as a pet, believing them to be pure, gentle creatures of the wild. He was [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath gored to death]] by a buck that [[EyeScream stabbed him in the eye]] and pierced his brain.



* BigBadassWolf: One episode featured a woman who kept a pack of wolf-dog hybrids because she felt she had a spiritual connection with them.



* KarmaHoudini: Subverted in one episode. One woman kept a large number of tigers in New Jersey in horrible conditions. She allowed the tigers to breed uncontrollably, would interfere any way possible with the law to prevent them from inspecting her enclosures, and constantly denied that one (or possibly more) of her tigers had escaped. While her tigers ''were'' taken away from her due to the poor living conditions they were in, it was her ''husband'' (who was already over-worked from having to work the props on Broadway) who got the worse punishment (He was severely mauled by one of the tigers).

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* KarmaHoudini: Subverted Averted in one episode. One woman kept a large number of tigers in New Jersey in horrible conditions. She allowed the tigers to breed uncontrollably, would interfere any way possible with the law to prevent them from inspecting her enclosures, and constantly denied that one (or possibly more) of her tigers had escaped. While her tigers ''were'' taken away from her due to the poor living conditions they were in, it was her ''husband'' (who was already over-worked from having to work the props on Broadway) who got the worse punishment (He was severely mauled by one of the tigers).


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* SavageWolves / NobleWolf: One episode featured a woman who kept a pack of wolf-dog hybrids because she felt she had a spiritual connection with them.
29th Oct '13 4:52:29 PM Kereea
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*** Another episode even has some herpetologists point out that ''anyone'' bragging about getting bitten and surviving is likely not a real herpetologist, as they see ''nothing'' brag-worthy about admitting you got bitten (as admitting it means you likely made a mistake leading to the bite, thus damaging your credibility in the field). Also, getting bitten and envenomed can in fact make you allergic to snake venom even if you do survive.
21st Oct '13 1:16:18 PM JIKTV
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* DocumentaryOfLies: [[http://capefearserpentarium.com/Fatalattractions.pdf Elaborated on here]] by Dean Ripa, a Herpetologist who was featured as a subject on "Seven Deadly Bites", an episode about snakebite victims. They attempted to QuoteMine him during an interview, ignored his advice to make the facts presented more scientifically accurate in favour of a sensationalistic approach, and hired a quack to be a [[TalkingHeads talking head]] to lend themselves credibility.

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* DocumentaryOfLies: [[http://capefearserpentarium.com/Fatalattractions.pdf Elaborated on here]] by Dean Ripa, a Herpetologist who was featured as a subject on "Seven Deadly Bites", an episode about snakebite victims. They attempted to QuoteMine him during an interview, ignored his advice to make the facts presented more scientifically accurate in favour of a sensationalistic approach, and hired a quack to be a [[TalkingHeads talking head]] {{Talking Head|s}} to lend themselves credibility.
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