Rapper Argues That The Earth Is Flat, Neil deGrasse Tyson Takes Him To School
B.o.B took to Twitter to debunk the idea that the earth is round using a series of images and misguided commentary. Here’s just a small sample of the tweets B.o.B used to prove his point:
No matter how high in elevation you are... the horizon is always eye level ... sorry cadets... I didn't wanna believe it either.— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016
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— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016
I only have two hands, so I can only give B.o.B two facepalms. However, astrophysicist and all-around good guy Neil deGrasse Tyson wasn’t having any of this nonsense and countered with a healthy dose of knowledge.
B.o.B (Image Source: Wikipedia)
For example, B.o.B tweeted:
Neil deGrasse Tyson responded in kind, not only telling the rapper why he was wrong with his thinking, but also nicely letting him know that his measurements were off:
@bobatl Earth's curve indeed blocks 150 (not 170) ft of Manhattan. But most buildings in midtown are waaay taller than that.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 25, 2016
The rapper than decided to give us an astronomy lesson about the Polaris’ visibility in the southern hemisphere. Bad idea, B.o.B — you’re trying to fool a world renowned astrophysicist? Not gonna happen:
@bobatl Polaris is gone by 1.5 deg S. Latitude. You’ve never been south of Earth’s Equator, or if so, you've never looked up.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 25, 2016
Needless to say, Neil deGrasse Tyson could have been a total prick about this whole ordeal and totally destroyed B.o.B. However, he took the high road and wisely held back from unleashing a furious tirade against the rapper. He ended his schooling by being diplomatic and even offering a complement to B.o.B.
That’s the Neil deGrasse Tyson that we all know and love. But perhaps this was just some big publicity stunt by B.o.B, as it's hard to believe that someone in this day and age could possibly cling to such ideas. You be the judge: