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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

This Day in Pop Culture for November 30

The Mason Jar was patented on November 30, 1858.

The Mason Jar is Invented

While home canning jars using wax sealers had been used since the late 1830s, it was on this day in 1858 that John Landis Mason patented his design known today as the Mason Jar. Up until then, home canners had to pour sealing wax into a channel around the lip of a tin lid which wasn’t easy or reliable. Mason invented and patented a screw finish glass that is still used by many today.






Ken Jennings finally lost his winning streak on Jeopardy on November 30, 2004.

Ken Jennings Finally Loses at Jeopardy

The longest running winning streak for the U.S. TV game show, Jeopardy! came to an end on this day in 2004. Software engineer Ken Jennings won 74 games in a row and won more than $2.5 million. The event gave Jennings more than 15 minutes of fame that year. Barbara Walters named him on of the “10 most fascinating people of the year,” he was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Sesame Street.


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