Mermaids: The Body Found
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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 (although the latter has been greatly exaggerated). 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.