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The 1940s Mermaid Show That's Still Pulling Crowds

The Weeki Wachee mermaids were magical creatures to me as a child, even though I was old enough to know they were real women. Women with awesome jobs, in my eyes. Like many little girls, I wanted to grow up to be a mermaid. But not badly enough to move to Florida as an adult. I had no idea they were still putting on shows three times a day in 2018!

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Tom Scott takes us on a tour of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida, and gives us a bit of the history of the famous -and now gloriously retro- mermaid show.


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I had a boss who was something like 6th or 7th generation Floridian. She said that as a kid, she and other girls her age dreamed of being a mermaid for the show, and would stick their heads in a sink full of water to practice holding their breath.
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