The incubator for idiocy known as Twitter rarely ceases to amaze me, but the reaction from Discovery Channel viewers who were upset because Michael Phelps raced a simulated shark rather than a real shark might have been the topper.
"WE WANTED TO SEE PHELPS RACING NEXT TO A REAL SHARK," one woman wailed, according to an MSN.com compilation of tweets. "WE WERE ALL TRICKED."
Oh, for the love of God. The idea that Phelps would race an actual shark was so utterly preposterous that not even Discovery Channel officials would have imagined one person believing "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White" was genuine.
What did people think, that a great white would line up next to Phelps in the ocean and wait for a starter's gun? Or that a shark would accept the challenge and risk eternal shame among other sharks if Phelps won?
The only thing worse (or better) than viewers getting duped was viewers admitting they were angry about getting duped. If it makes them feel better, they weren't alone. Shark Girl sent me a text saying she wasn't happy with the race, either, after betting on Phelps and losing a fin.