Tara Reid confuses viewers (and herself) with her thoughts on sharks

We hate to break it to you, but SyFy’s “Sharknado” TV movie was not an extremely accurate portrayal of the ocean’s greatest predators. (We'll wait a moment while you recover from shock.) We know it’s like telling you that Santa, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy don’t exist all at the same time, but we thought it was best to be honest before revealing that the film’s star, Tara Reid, seems to know nothing at all about sharks.

The revelation came after the 37-year-old actress appeared on Discovery’s “Shark after Dark” alongside her co-star Ian Ziering. Reid set about confusing the audience (and herself) by talking about the mating habits of the sea critters.

"Today, I was like, all right, I don't wanna, like, sound stupid when I do this show today, like. . . so I learned a little education on sharks," Reid explained to host Josh Wolf. "So I look up sharks on the Internet and I see whale sharks, so I'm like, 'That must mean that a whale and a shark have sex.' And then it made me think: how do a whale and a shark have sex?"

Amazingly, Reid kept talking.

"There is a thing called whale sharks and then I realized whales are mammals and sharks are animals so they have nothing to do with each other," the actress continued. "So basically, the dolphins have sex with each other but the sharks don't, so then I thought, how is it such a thing?"

Unsurprisingly Reid’s comments have gone viral. But it’s not the first stupid thing the "American Pie” actress has ever said.

After all, she’s previously distinguished herself from fellow blonde and sometime geologist Jessica Simpsons by saying, “I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist.”

In an interview from 2005 in which she was likened to then-BFF Paris Hilton, Reid also admitted that "the worst thing I ever did is dance on the table." (We beg to disagree, Tara: We've seen your 2005 straight-to-DVD movie "Incubus.")

But at least Reid has tried to solve the world’s problems, telling reporters after the London bombings in 2005: “I wish all the mean people, if you want to be mean to each other, just buy a country together and blow each other up. Then we'd have no terrorists left. Like, don't kill innocent people for no reason. ... It makes me sad."

What do you think of Tara Reid’s comments about whale sharks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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