I loved Maister's sign that illustrated the man jumping the shark. That would make a great t-shirt!
It prompted this Bear into wondering how many different reasons we can all have for that final signal that something has gone too far.....jumping the shark.
The phrase refers to Fonzie, that television character in "Happy Days". Evidently, as the show dragged on and on the plots became more idiotic (as if the original plot lines were Shakesperean .) Fonzie was going to jump a pool or a pit that was filled with sharks, driving his motorcycle.
A web site was born.....an expression was born.....and that web site is a riot to read. (Check out the "Brady Bunch" comments.....freaking hilarious )
Back to my question: What could be reasons for jumping the shark? Some examples have been on Cyburbia threads, as legitimate questions and logical discussion eventually slides into name-calling and total abandonment of the original thread thoughts.
Perhaps some other examples.....
Continued discussion, ad nauseum, about what a (insert choice....."bad", "good") president Bill Clinton was.
Continued discussion of Britney Spear's parenting skills.
New York Yankees VS Boston Red Sox. (Gimme an ice pick so I can jam it in my ears! )
Some of this Bear's relationships.
Steroids and baseball.
What say you?