Happy 114th birthday to Monsieur Jacques-Yves Cousteau, inspiration for Bill Murray’s Steve Zissou of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With… (which has aged well in the decade since its 2004 release).

Like many my age (and Anderson’s age) Cousteau was a friendly, French face on 70s television: the Marlon Perkins of the blue.

This morning I read an article about a 9 foot Great White shark that was, to the bafflement of scientists, eaten, perhaps by an even bigger, possibly Pre-Historic shark and thought, “Cousteau would sort this shit out right quick.”


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