This thread actually reminds me of fishing!
I have lived on the East Coast of Australia most of my life and have been a keen fisherman for over 30 years.
There is supposedly a type of fish called a 'kingfish' that lives here and which i will commonly see people catching on TV shows.
The interesting thing here is that in all my years of fishing, not only have i never caught a 'kingfish' but i have never seen anyone else catch one, nor have i ever seen anyone carrying one or unloading one from a boat, or even seen a dead one on the beach or even a head left behind at the fish cleaning tables. Not only that, but i have discovered in conversation with friends, who fish, that this is the same for them too!! As far as i know this fish is about as real as the dinosaurs on Jurassic park! The fish do not exist in my reality or the reality of any people i know, so it is of little or no interest for me to watch people catching Kingfish on TV, i will say "oh there catching Kingfish, change the channel".
The point is that we are all so used to seeing things that are not real on tv, that the line between what is not real and what is not real 'to us' in our own lives starts to become blurred, and so things like the curiosity landing can actually manage to be uninteresting to people.