Category Archives: Summer of Fear

Summer of Fear Champion for 2014 – The Shark!

Shark! Oh Dear God A Shark!A perennial favorite the shark has had a great year in the news. This sadly is very very bad news for the shark indeed. Last winter saw Shark attacks in Hawaii make the news and they have kept coming pretty much all year since. We know the numbers and we are supposedly ration beings, but Sharks are Sharks and they make big news even when they don’t eat anyone at all. I know it is scary as heck, but a busted surf board is just not that big a deal normally, but throw in a shark and WHAM. This is not to say that Sharks do not attack, they do. They bite and when they do you don’t normally just knock back a beer and get on with your day. Sharks even try to eat Sharks. Sharks try to eat the internet. People do die in Shark attacks. The deaths are tragic but our human response is out of scale to the danger and that makes the Shark a possible champion ever year. Congrats Sharks, I hope you don’t get wiped out because humans can’t rationally measure risk.

Crocodiles, Summer of Fear Runner Up 2014

There is no argueing that Crocs made a serious run for this year’s Summer of Fear championship. They were in the news with the first Crocodile attack in the US, along with numerous other stories and the Crocs even took a seriously cheeky shot at their competitors. So why do they miss out this year? Well for starters there is a lack of panic and to take the crown you need some panic, that is what Summer of Fear is all about. And then there is this story in which an Aussie shakes off a croc attack then downs a beer and drives himself to the hospital. You have to want it more than that crocs.

Bears, 2014 Summer of Fear Runner Up

Bear Photo by tkant57 on Flickr, Used with Creative Commons Permission.Bears have had a good year this year, but not quite enough to give them the win they were hoping for in this year’s Summer of Fear contest. Still, working way out of their normal Summer of Fear range taking in NJ is very good for spooky bear headlines, even if this is the first bear attack in the state in 150 years.

Back in more familiar turf bears still manage to keep in the headlines, but really this looks more like a case of really bad preparation and common sense.

if I were going to be in an area that has a lot of grizzlies and black bears, number one, I wouldn’t go alone, and number two, I would be carrying bear spray with me.

I missed some summer bear stories as well, but in the end the bears have had a slow year compared to our winner. One bear did however try to eat a car, so they have that going for them.