Discovery Channel’s Shark Week begins this Sunday, July 23rd, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and concludes on the 30th.
And what a week it will be:
In addition to a daily schedule of shark-related films, the week kicks off with the most spectacular sports event since 2012, when daredevil Felix Baumgartner free-fell from the edge of space.
Anyone who has paid attention to the media for the past month knows that mega-medalist* Michael Phelps will race against a Great White shark off Cape Town, South Africa.
“Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White” begins at 8 p.m. on the 23rd—followed by “Shark-Croc Showdown” (no Phelps) at 9 p.m.
The eight-day schedule of events has numerous other shark-filled specials. Phelps will also appear inon the last night; not a rematch with the shark but in an educational special, “Shark School with Michael Phelps.”
SIP SHARK COCKTAILS AS YOU WATCH THE RACE
RECIPE 1: SHARK TANK PUNCH
We published the recipe for photo #1 last year.
Substitute blue gummy sharks for the red Swedish fish in the photo. Or, for a touch of the macabre, keep a Swedish fish or two among the frenzy of sharks. Why a frenzy? See below.
As with the second recipe, it can be made as a cocktail or mocktail.
Lemonade and blue curacao turn this drink green in this recipe from Sparkling Ice.
For a blue drink, substitute a clear carbonated drink (club soda, Sprite, 7Up, etc.)
Ingredients Per Drink
1. COMBINE the vodka and curaçao in a shaker; add the ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
2. TOP with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and garnish with some blue shark gummies.
A gaggle of geese, a pride of lions, a pod of whales†: What is a group of sharks called?
According to Sharks-World.com, a group of sharks is called a frenzy, gam‡, herd, school or shiver (pronounced shivver, an earlier spelling of the word).
Frenzy and shiver sound right to us!
*Phelps has 39 world records and 23 Olympic gold medals.
These “books of courtesy,” as they were called, encompass animals, people and professions: a misbelief of painters, a stalk of foresters, a tabernacle of bakers, et al. Here’s a list of collective nouns for animals, and a discussion of how some nouns were derived (a murder of crows, a sentence of judges, etc.).
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