B.o.B. claims Earth is flat; Neil deGrasse Tyson responds with hilarity
If you follow B.o.B. on Twitter, we’re sorry. Also, you were one of the lucky ones to have been treated Monday to a slew of nonsensical tweets backing up the rapper’s claim that our planet is flat.
Yes, flat Earth truthers: They’re out there.
Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke for the rest of us when he shut down B.o.B. with actual scientific data, but we’ll get to that later.
First, let’s revel in B.o.B.’s tweets:
“The cities in the background are approx. 16miles apart... where is the curve ? please explain this,” the rapper tweeted along with a photo of himself on an icy landscape.
“A lot of people are turned off by the phrase 'flat earth’ ... but there’s no way u can see all the evidence and not know... grow up,” he continued.
“No matter how high in elevation you are... the horizon is always eye level ... sorry cadets... I didn’t wanna believe it either.”
The Airplanes rapper went on to post photos, memes and excerpts from random texts to back up his claim.
“Time-lapse photos of stars form perfect circles... how is this possible ?”
“Btw... Go Pros have curved lenses.”
Yeah, so this went on for a while until NDT came to the rescue, contradicting B.o.B.’s sources and opinions, writing, “Flat Earth is a problem only when people in charge think that way. No law stops you from regressively basking in it.”
Tyson also added, “Duude — to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.”
“You can regurgitate force fed information all day..., still doesn’t change physics,” wrote B.o.B, who also believes celebrity cloning is a thing. “Don’t believe what I say, research what I say.”
No thanks. We’re too busy, um, doing anything but that.
TALE OF THE TAPE
B.o.B.: Ninth-grade dropout. Moderately successful rapper.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: BA degree in physics from Harvard University; MA degree in astronomy from University of Texas at Austin; MPhil degree in astrophysics from Columbia University; PhD degree in astrophysics from Columbia University. Astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science communicator, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The list goes on and on.