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Shark Week: 5 Knockoffs Surprisingly Less Popular Than the Discovery Channel Series

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Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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Now in its 24th year, Discovery Channel's Shark Week is a testament to just how much people love watching prehistoric death machines create circles of pink in choppy water. This year Discovery has trotted out host Andy Samberg (he's on a boat, with sharks!) and a fancy new iPad app called Ultimate Sharks, complete with exclusive HD video and high-res photos.

It's hard to go wrong with sharks, Samberg and emerging media, but Discovery hasn't always been so on the ball. Take a look at these knockoffs that were surprisingly less popular than Shark Week (probably because we just made them up).

5. Giraffe Week

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"Giraffes have really long necks," intoned the series' deep-voice narrator, followed by the sound of papers shuffling. There wasn't really much else to say about these spotted beauties, despite ample sponsorship opportunities from Toys R Us.

4. Raccoon Spring Break

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Did you know raccoons don't actually wash their food? They just use moisture to help pull dinner apart and remove the inedible parts. They're not really big fans of water, which was why putting a raccoon on a surfboard for Raccoon Spring Break probably wasn't the best idea.

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