Mermaids: The Body Found
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Cryptid Petting Zoo
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This is hardly the first time people took a piece of fiction a tad too seriously. Famous examples include The Bible and Orson Welles' 1938 "The War of the Worlds" broadcast. Or, more recently, the 1995 film Alien Autopsy: (Fact or Fiction?) which caused many to believe in the whole "aliens at Roswell!!!" nonsense.
There's also a 2013 follow-up: Mermaids: The New Evidence.