For today in Garage Science, I am going to be raising money through Kickstarter to help send rapper and flat earth conspiracy theorist B.o.B into space aboard the first suborbital Virgin Galactic space tourism flight. This way he can see the curvature of the Earth with his own eyes, from outer space. Hopefully he will report back to us on what he finds. For just the cost of two Aston Martins you can help school B.o.B. Please visit our Kickstarter page here to donate.
The backstory :
B.o.B, real name Bobby Ray Simmons is a Grammy nominated rapper with over 2.2 million followers on Twitter. He has done lots of “research”- AKA Googling stuff on the Internet and encourages you to do some as well so that you are “not a sheep.” In a series of Tweets this week B.o.B has enthusiastically endorsed the flat earth theory.
They say America’s school systems are failing. Are you sure?
B.o.B, along with the world renowned scientist, reality TV and social media star Tila Tequila, have both recently shared their support for the theory that NASA and Aristotle have been lying to you and the earth is a flat disc. This rejects centuries of earth science and astronomy, concluding that the earth is a globe, something that was settled on in the Middle Ages. Also being rejected: photographic evidence.
Wait, so what is on the “other side” of the flat earth? Is it just smooth and blank like a Ken Doll’s crotch?
Here are just some of the absolutely amazing tweets B.o.B sent to speak the #TRUTH and let us all know how much we have been lied to. Get a glass of water and sit down for this. If you start to feel nauseous, or dizzy while reading these, take a few breaths and look away before you continue.
I’m going to go ahead and call it: “flat earthers” are a false flag operation.
Funny enough all of this did not sit well with actual astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson tweeted a few scientific explanations refuting some of B.o.B’s tweets in support of flat earth theory:
A Tweeting pizza is the least crazy thing about all of this.
Good guy Neil thought he ended the Twitter war with this one:
However in response to those tweets, B.o.B did what any budding young scientist would do and released a “distrack” aimed at Tyson. This included the lines;
“Aye, Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest / They’ll probably write that man one hell of a check.”
- OH, SNAP. Listen to this super sweet jam titled “Flateline” … Although I think some of the notes are a little flat.
While there are plenty of scientific ways you can prove that the Earth is a globe from looking at the Earth’s shadow on the moon, - and other basic earth science stuff we teach fifth graders- we have an even better solution. We are raising money to purchase the $250,000 ticket to get B.o.B a seat aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two. After testing is done Sir Richard Branson and a waiting list of 700 wealthy folks who have booked a ticket, hope to be the first “space tourists” and see the beauty below them that is the GLOBE we all call home. In order to complete his education we hope that B.o.B is one of them.
Note: If B.o.B is not willing or able to take a ride on the Virgin Galactic flight into space we will actually give the ticket to a deserving high school student with an interested in a career in science.
Donate now: Kickstarter Fund.
Here is some motivation: An actual Flat Earther meme:
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