We're not so sure why anyone might consider mermaids to be "wacky," but we figured talking about them today made more sense than putting them in our "Full-throttle Thursday" post. We love mermaids here, so much that we honor them on the American Treasure Tour. Before you get upset, we do not imprison mermaids here. We only celebrate them with life-sized reproductions of them. We simply do not have the facilities to keep a mermaid happy and under water. Heck, we're not even entirely sure what they eat.
The first recorded reference to mermaids, or half-fish/half-woman people, was around three thousand years ago, in Ancient Assyria (in Mesopotamia near Babylonia). The tale that is told finds the goddess Atargatis transforming herself into a fish and jumping into a lake out of shame after accidentally killing her human husband. Her beauty was such that the fish thing only took below the waist and she remained with human features above. And thus, a mermaid. They've remained in stories throughout the centuries ever since, in Ancient Greece, the Muslim world, the British Isles, and arguably most famously with the 1836 story by Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Mermaid, which went on to become a popular film by Disney a short 153 years later.