July 22, 2015

As Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No brings the ultimate weather-predator mashup back to Syfy Wednesday night—this time with more David Hasselhoff—thousands of would-be viewers ask themselves, “Is this the most ridiculous thing ever transmitted across a television screen?” The answer to that question is subjective (let’s not forget some other solid contenders), but the absurdity of the TV movies is nearly matched by a host of real human encounters with sharks, such as this week’s story of a surfer fending off an attack mid-competition.

Although most of the action in Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One is entirely unrealistic, it may be harder than it seems to discern bloody fact from bloody fiction. Can you tell the difference between Sharknado plot points and true tales of shark encounters?

Review: Sharknado 3, Bigger, Hungrier and More Commercial

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