What started off as an idea scribbled on a bar napkin in 1988 has since evolved into an annual pop-culture event. Discovery Channel's Shark Week attracted close to 30 million viewers last year, not far off the numbers pulled by the 2012 London Games. As the televised summer scare fest winds down, here's a look at seven facts that make these oceanic beasts such delightfully frightening entertainment.
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