The internet is abuzz with the news that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has answered the age-old question “Are mermaids real?” with a great big “LOL, no.” In an official statement prompted by one too many sternly worded letters asking them to come clean about the existence of merhumans, the government agency delivered the following blow to Ariel lovers everywhere:

The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our species… But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.

I know, I know — I’m just as heartbroken as you all are. But all hope for seeing a scaly lady in the wild is not lost if you can make it to Copenhagen, because a friendly mermaid has been posted up on a rock in one of the Danish city’s marinas for almost 100 years.

are mermaids realSure, it’s just a statue commemorating Hans Christian Anderson‘s The Little Mermaid and therefore does nothing to disprove the NOAA’s findings that mermaids are a bunch of phooey. But the little bronze sea diva has become a can’t-miss tourist attraction and international symbol of Copenhagen, so you are bound to have a significant experience with this mermaid despite her lack of a pulse.

When in Copenhagen you can find the Little Mermaid perched on a boulder close to the rocky shore in the Langelinie harbor, which is so centrally located in the city that you really have no excuse to not go check her out. Oh, and she tends to get vandalized a lot so if you see her doused in green paint and holding a dildo, don’t be alarmed — someone probably just found a creative way to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Have you ever seen the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen? Tell us about the experience in the comments!

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    • I still have hope that Ariel is down there with her gadgets and gizmos a-plenty, whozits and whatzits galore, and twenty thingamabobs.

  1. It’s a little terrible that she gets vandalized so often, but at least mermaids are getting some kind of representation up here on land. You know, even if they’re “not real” or whatever.

    Also, you’re fantastic for referencing Disney. Just saying.

  2. Well there’s apparently also no evidence that they are NOT real, so it sounds like the NOAA needs just a few more strongly worded letters sent their way. And who says that the green paint and dildo are vandalism? Maybe it’s just someone’s interpretation of a mermaid encounter they had once…

  3. When I went to visit Copenhagen she was off on bloody holiday! I kid you not – she was in Shanghai – and I spent hours looking for, getting progressively more frustrated…


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