Remember Happy Days? When the Fonze pulled a stunt so amazing, so great, that it was sure to wrench Happy Days out of the sea of descending popularity it was drowning in? Yes, he jumped over a shark.
Spoiler alert: he dies. Just kidding. He jumped over the shark with success.
This is what is known in popular culture as (surprise, surprise) “shark jumping.” Derived from Happy Days, it refers to the way that increasingly unpopular TV shows pull crazy gimmicks in an attempt to drag in viewers.
I have discovered that increasingly unpopular political leaders (read: all
Arguably the father of political shark jumping, back in the days of being Queensland’s premier, Peter Beattie swam with some sharks to get attention. One could argue that he one-upped the Fonze, because he actually got close enough to a shark for it to eat him.
That said, Beattie was at an aquarium, with trained sharks and a bunch of security. This one happened in 2001, but totally worth mentioning with all this talk about sharks
This one’s a doozy. Kevin ‘Wet Mouth’ Rudd, accidentally cut his face open while shaving. And what do you do when you cut your face open? Put some toilet paper on it, take a photo of yourself, add a stupid filter, and post it on Instagram. Duh.
This made news for the next two days in Australia. It’s worth nothing that on the day Ruddy posted this photo, something important happened in actual politics. Of course, no one cared because they were too excited about Rudd’s shaving mishap. I can’t remember what it was because I was too disgusted by Rudd’s shaving mishap.
It raised his popularity with the youth and distracted citizens from politics. I guess it worked.
What is with all these politicians trying to get the youth vote? Anyway, the well suited pair had a lovely old radio chat, and Katy Perry concluded that, “I like you as a human being I just don’t believe in your policies so that’s what a lot of people should be doing.”
Tony Abbott is a fan of Katy Perry, apparently. That’s good enough for me.
No, seriously. Sings about pie. He also finally reveals his Palmer Institute for World Domination, and mentions his Dinosaur Park. He ends his song by saying “motherfingers,” a word which I am yet to work out the meaning of. I don’t even.