Mermaids are having their moment in the sun, er, water. TLC's My Strange Addiction featured a merman obsessed with the tailed creatures this week, and in recent years famous ladies like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have portrayed them. The special Mermaids: The Body Found explored the possibility that they really exist, and the Disney princess version got her own ride at Disneyland.
The mythological half-human, half-fish ladies have been immortalized in literature, art, and iconic films, and I just can't get enough of their sexy, sassy, and oftentimes trouble-making ways. So dive into the underwater world of these mysterious beings with this brief history of mermaids in pop culture.