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Neil deGrasse Tyson — serial fabulist?


Serious questions: are *any* quotes/anecdotes highlighted by @neiltyson legitimate? http://t.co/wrwrZlNhnG

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 15, 2014

Sean Davis of The Federalist has been fact-checking some of the more spectacular statements from celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and the result isn’t pretty.

For example, Davis highlighted this slide from one of Tyson’s recent presentations. Tyson’s source for the quote is literally, and unbelievably, listed as only a  “Newspaper Headline.”

"This is an example of journalists not understanding data" #data14 @neiltyson pic.twitter.com/IvV5zWCbSL

— Alberto Cairo (@albertocairo) September 10, 2014

Davis goes on to write that no one can find a newspaper that ever ran that headline. Did Tyson just make it up?

And today, Davis finds another suspect Tyson quote, this time where the scientist, according to Davis, “slanders” President George W. Bush and allegedly takes something Bush said in 2003 about the Columbia space shuttle disaster and falsely attributes it to something Bush said directly after 9/11 in 2001.

Another Day, Another Quote Fabricated By Neil deGrasse Tyson http://t.co/HeNz886twx

— The Federalist (@FDRLST) September 16, 2014

Neil de Grasse Tyson's larger point – that GW Bush spent time trash-talking Islam – is even falser than his "facts" http://t.co/d0uui8jvRq

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) September 16, 2014

And Tyson is still using this suspect Bush “quote”:

Neil Tyson peddled that bogus GWB line as recently as Sunday night. Let's see if he does it again tonight/tomorrow. http://t.co/QE4ro6GFqP

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 16, 2014

Maybe Tyson should submit his presentations for peer review before giving them?

Which leads us to some pretty funny invented quotes from Twitter users to mock Tyson’s recent foibles:

“What do you call those knobby things on doors that help you open them?” -Neil deGrasse Tyson

— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) September 16, 2014

"The worst thing that ever happened to America was the 19th Amendment." -Neil deGrasse Tyson

— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) September 16, 2014

“I put ketchup on my hot dogs” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) September 16, 2014

"I dunno, I think Mary Lambert is kinda hot." -Neil deGrasse Tyson

— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) September 16, 2014

“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) September 16, 2014

"Why does no one care that Neil deGrasse Tyson keeps doing what I got fired for?" -Jayson Blair, 1994

— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) September 16, 2014

And from Sean Davis:

“I’m beginning to think this Neil deGrasse Tyson fellow is a serial fabricator of quotes.” — President Thomas Jefferson, “Stuff Jefferson Said: The Prequel,” Originally self-published at Amazon.com in 1573

Sorry, Sean. But we’re pretty sure that book is available only from Barnes & Noble. Please investigate and get back to us, and if appropriate, issue a correction.



Tyson fans ignore fabrications ‘because they’re all about facts’


Twitchy reported earlier this week on the fallout from The Federalist’s Sean Davis checking the legitimacy of quotes and anecdotes that science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson uses in his public speaking. Neil deGrasse Tyson — serial fabulist? Now, with ‘quotes’ mocking the celebrated physicist

Davis has continued his investigation and now it would seem that Wikipedia editors are refusing to allow any information about the growing list of Tyson’s flubs and fabrications into the article about him.

If true, this Neil DeGrasse Tyson quote fabrication aftermath is frightening: http://t.co/dXVPmvyQ0k (via @baseballcrank and @blcartwright)

— Brandon Isleib (@earthdyedred) September 18, 2014

Why is Wikipedia deleting all references to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s fabrication? http://t.co/OAsB0u4o8i

— HotAir.com (@hotairblog) September 18, 2014

It really is frightening. It’s reminiscent of the cult like behavior of Barack Obama fans. He can do no wrong even when he’s wrong.

Naturally there are some on the left who engaged in deflection in defense of the scientist.

FYI: The guys who voted for Bush twice have convinced themselves that they're smarter than Neil deGrasse Tyson because he misquoted Bush.

— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 19, 2014

@LOLGOP Quoting Bush correctly is so antithetical to normal human speech it's almost impossible to NOT misquote him.

— Rudy Reber (@RudyReber) September 19, 2014

@LOLGOP how in the fuck can you misquote a guy that speaks gibberish?

— jim daye (@jdangodaye) September 19, 2014

The problem is that it doesn’t look like Tyson just “slightly misquoted” George W. Bush. It looks like he just lied. He took a piece of remarks Bush made after the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, altered them, and claimed that they were said as a commentary about Islam shortly after the 9/11 attacks. It looks like complete fabrication. Yet Tyson’s throng of alleged science zealots don’t seem to care about finding the facts.

Neil deGrasse Tyson's defenders go into full denier mode because they're all about facts http://t.co/uf0db2REjT

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) September 18, 2014

Dilettantes playing at being scientists.. @baseballcrank: Neil deGrasse Tyson's defenders go into full denier mode http://t.co/w7GuN6LDUL

— Casey Hogg (@CaseyAHogg) September 18, 2014

Remember when I suggested that around Neil deGrasse Tyson is a cult full of Reddit hipsters who don’t know anything? http://t.co/HKzdwtRAMD

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 18, 2014

@charlescwcooke Which makes this hilarious. pic.twitter.com/7NsFJRIyf6

— Clement Bilhorn (@CHBilhorn) September 18, 2014

@charlescwcooke Fair enough, but it's still intellectually pathetic for pple who reject his science to hammer him on quasi-culture war fluff

— Choostas (@Choostas) September 18, 2014

@Choostas Who rejects his science? He’s an astronomer.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 18, 2014

@charlescwcooke "Who rejects his science?" Plenty of those who are now mocking him. It's revenge of the stupids. Fwiw, criticism's fair IMO.

— Choostas (@Choostas) September 18, 2014

At what point does the mainstream media start questioning @neiltyson's credibility? http://t.co/kHB6MXHc0v

— RB (@RBPundit) September 18, 2014

Could someone check and confirm that Neil Degrasse Tyson isn't just the night security guy at that planetarium?

— Bobby Boucher (@MetricButtload) September 18, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Cory Booker of science. And that statement is peer reviewed 97% true. @hecubus1st @KurtSchlichter

— David Jack Smith (@davidjacksmith) September 18, 2014





Hack-tastic Neil deGrasse Tyson tweet sparks a hashtag: #TysonTweets


And what’s the deal with airline food?

Sometimes people just can’t handle how brilliant astrophysicist/Reddit messiah Neil deGrasse Tyson is. When he’s not making up presidential quotes or looking for venues in which to apologize for doing so, he’s dropping scientific brain busters like this.

If Detroit added a pro-sports team & called it the Bears, the City could boast it was home to the Lions and Tigers and Bears.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) September 30, 2014

Dude. Mind blown.


This sort of heavy science has been known to spark a spontaneous hashtag game.

Have you ever noticed that there are interstate highways in Hawaii? Guys, you live on an island! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

If it's really *instant* oatmeal, why are there directions on the box? I think those marketers are trying to pull a fast one! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

How come glue doesn't stick to the inside of the bottle? And how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan? Science, you guys! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

@seanmdav Why do you drive on the parkway and park in the driveway?

— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) October 1, 2014

@allahpundit Boy, those clowns in Washington sure aren't very bright!

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

"Jumbo" shrimp amirite? RT @seanmdav: Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— Dave in Texas (@DaveinTexas) October 1, 2014

What if an orange wasn't orange #TysonTweets

— M Gardner (@Engerlandm8) October 1, 2014

If Monday wasn't the first day after the weekend then Tuesdays would suck #TysonTweets

— M Gardner (@Engerlandm8) October 1, 2014

I once went to a crowded firehouse and yelled "Movie!" Those firemen sure thought I was clever. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

@allahpundit @seanmdav #TysonTweets or #StevenWrightTweets? How come abbreviated is such a long word?

— _RobRob (@_RobRob) October 1, 2014

How do you know when you run out of invisible ink? RT @seanmdav: Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— KingShamusé (@KingShamus) October 1, 2014

.@neiltyson: "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!" #TysonTweets

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) October 1, 2014

I once asked a polar bear which way was north and which way was south. He had no clue! Somebody get that dumb bear a new name. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

Kid at the birthday party keeps yelling "To Infinity and beyond!" So I find his mother…I'm trying to explain the math error #TysonTweets

— Steve G (@StevenGoldsch) October 1, 2014



Neil deGrasse Tyson will apologize to George W. Bush as soon as he finds ‘a good medium’

Neil deGrasse Tyson finally admits he was wrong. Kind of…; Update: Response from The Federalist

Sean Davis: Wikipedia’s scrubbing of Neil deGrasse Tyson controversy ‘would make China proud’

Another error from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? YES! Let the mocking begin!

Neal deGrasse Tyson fans ignore his fabrications ‘because they’re all about facts’

Neil deGrasse Tyson — serial fabulist? Now, with ‘quotes’ mocking the celebrated physicist

What The MythBusters Think About 14 Science Things

Vaccines? Climate change? Yup.

MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have been making things explode for 13 seasons.

But we wanted to hear what they think of some of the biggest recent science headlines, from the Jurassic Park sequel to Mercury retrograde.

Here are 14 of their answers from our lightning round of word association. (Adam’s answers are in white, and Jamie’s are in yellow.)

1. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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2. Pluto.

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3. Sending humans to Mars.

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4. Creationism.

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5. The Jurassic Park sequel.

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6. XKCD.com.

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Adam: “We’re big longtime fans.”

7. Mercury retrograde (and whether or not it has any effect on your actual life).

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8. Climate change.

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Adam: “Early on in MythBusters we went on Fox News and they wanted to ask us about the extremely vigorous hurricane season. As we were getting mic’d up, they were like, ‘So this is just a light piece. We don’t want you guys to talk about global warming or anything like that. OK, you’re on. What do you guys think about this hurricane season?’ Jamie’s like, ‘It’s clearly global warming.’ It was awesome.”

9. Naming snowstorms.

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Adam: “I remember when Hurricane Gloria came through New York in 1985 or early ‘86 — one of those two. You get a personal relationship with the disaster.”

10. Rosetta comet landing.

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11. Vaccines.

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Adam: “They work. Stop not using them.”

12. Mantis shrimp.

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Adam: “Oh right, the one that causes a shockwave. That’s one of the fastest biological processes in nature. Not sure where it compares to a jellyfish stinging, which is also ludicrously fast. They’re literally injecting you with a micro-hair of poison when you touch a jellyfish stinger. If you look into it microscopically, it’s amazing. The mantis shrimp is incredible.”

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Jamie: “Yeah, I first ran across those in the ocean while diving, and one of my favorite things to do was to just go down and not run all over the place like most people do when they’re scuba diving but just drop down and hang out and go into spaces in the reef.

“There was a cleaning station that had those in it. These little fish were hanging out, and the shrimp would come out and pick at them. But one of the mantis shrimp came out and it has, as I recall, if this is the same shrimp, it has one big claw and one little one. And I’m putting my hand out, and it comes up with its little claw and it’s picking at you. Then out comes the big claw and Bang! It’s like an electric shock that you feel.”

13. Tardigrades (aka water bears).

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Adam: “Life is amazingly tenacious. That’s the best part of looking at extremophiles like that.”

14. Grab bag: kale!

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Adam: “Kale! In our house, we make kale chips all the time, which is baking them in the oven with a little hot sauce and salt, and it’s phenomenal.”

The season finale airs Saturday, Feb. 14, at 9/8 p.m. CT on the Discovery Channel.

Good News! Eventually The Universe Will Become Too Cold And Everything Will Just Die

Something to keep in mind the next time the long, cold winter has got you down.

1. Let’s assume that about 13.7 billion years ago, there was a sort of biggish kind of bang. Let’s call it the “Biggish Bang.”

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During this “Biggish Bang,” all the energy and matter in the universe suddenly popped into existence, and literally everything just started exploding all over the place all at once.

2. Naturally, a bang that biggish would produce a lot of energy. In fact, it produced all the energy. As you might imagine, having all the energy and matter all at once in one place gets a little toasty.

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” / FOX

3. Which is great! The universe needs energy and heat! It’s what makes things do things. Without energy, matter would be pretty useless.

4. And here we are, 13.7 billion years later. The universe is still pretty hot, and there’s still plenty of energy to go around.

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5. We can think and move and everything is great, and we can all look at this video because our fingers and eyes and brains and computers all work:

The wonders of a universe in action!

6. All processes — mechanical, chemical, electric, nuclear — even life — require a hot universe brimming with energy. WHICH WE HAVE! The universe is lousy with energy. The universe is literally a hot mess.

Here’s an example of one of our universe’s most complex processes: cats.

7. But, we’re not done exploding yet. That “Biggish Bang” is still happening, and everything is still pushing outward and expanding from that one point in space and time 13.7 billion years ago.

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8. And here’s the thing, as we expand, more and more of that precious heat and energy is dissipating. The heat and energy is getting lost to entropy. Things are getting colder.

9. Think of the universe as a hot, steamy bathroom in an apartment where the heat doesn’t work. When you open the door, all that hot steam rushes out, and all that cold air rushes in, until the two spaces become about the same temperature. (Cold.)

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10. Scientists think something along those lines might be happening in the universe. As we expand, the hot, steamy energy from the beginning of the universe is rushing out into entropy.

11. We’re exploding our way to an equilibrium, where the whole universe is evening out to the point where everything is the same temperature. (You know… cold.)

12. And as the explosion dies out, and everything cools off, there’s less and less energy and heat to go around.

13. So all those processes that use energy and heat — mechanical, chemical, electric, nuclear, and yes, even life — won’t have the stuff that makes things do things.

14. The universe will slowly freeze, and everything in it — everything that has been and will be — will die. It’s totally unavoidable and inevitable.

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17. Everything will just sort of… fade out. As T.S. Eliot put it in his poem, “The Hollow Men”:

PHOTO: Sean F. White – Terra Sacra Time Lapses
AUDIO: youtube.com

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Wikipedia’s scrubbing of deGrasse Tyson controversy ‘would make China proud’

As Twitchy reported, The Federalist’s Sean Davis has been fact-checking some quotes by Neil deGrasse Tyson, including Tyson’s claim that George W. Bush in the days after 9/11 said that “Our God is the God who named the stars,” which Tyson explains was Bush’s way of segregating radical Islam from religions like Christianity or Judaism.

The problem, Davis reports, is that Bush uttered a similar but not identical phrase, and after the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, not 9/11. Hot Air and others noted that Wikipedia editors seemed to refuse to allow any information about Tyson’s serial fabrications into the article about him.

Thursday, Davis noted that Wikipedia editors were hard at work on the “List of Wikipedia controversies” page.

Wikipedia isn't just deleting Neil Tyson facts en masse. It's also memory-holing any mention of this being a Wiki controversy.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

For Tyson's fabrication allegedly not being a big deal, there sure are a lot of people invested in making sure nobody ever hears about it.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

@seanmdav He's the new designated #AGWFraud/Cultural Science point man. They start making their political gains again if he's exposed.

— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) September 26, 2014

@seanmdav Politics is downstream from culture & Tyson is all about pushing cultural science narratives in order to make political gains.

— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) September 26, 2014

It took a Wikipedia editor only 15 minutes to censor the final passage on the "Wikipedia controversies" page. https://t.co/zLVXJHjsL9

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

You know how I know the Tyson thing is a MAJOR Wikipedia controversy? Wikipedia itself has spent over 30,000 words talking about it.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

When I visited China, the first thing I did when I found a computer was Google "Tiananmen Square." The results? Not a single tank image.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

Congratulations, Wikipedia. Your Internet-scrubbing would make China proud.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014




This Is What People Really Think Of 15 Famous Scientists, According To Google Search

Apparently, a lot of people want to bone David Attenborough.

1. The only thing that’s true on this list is Time Lord. Bill Nye is a Time Lord.

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2. Carl Sagan is in hell, obviously.

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3. Haters gonna hate.

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4. At least everybody loves Hadfield.

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5. Well that would be the biggest plot twist ever.

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6. Go get him ladies (and fellows)!

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7. Depressing.

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8. Oh dear.

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9. Judging by this picture, I’d wager “no” to the last question.

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10. Nobody knows who any female scientists are.

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11. Um…no.

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12. Hopefully the last one is not her greatest claim to fame.

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13. Stephen Hawking is terrified of NOTHING.

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14. Obviously.

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15. Sorry ladies, he’s been dead for over a century.

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Another error from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? Yes!

On Friday, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson — astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the television show “Cosmos” — claimed that “100%” of “free” penguins (as opposed to penguins enslaved in zoos?) live in the Southern Hemisphere:

Some of us in the North are jealous that 100% of the world’s population of free Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) September 19, 2014

Busted! Fact-check from Sean Davis of The Federalist:

Wrong. http://t.co/TDAsKBIlgN MT @neiltyson 100% of the world’s population of free Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 20, 2014

Doesn’t everyone know about the majestic — and free — Galapagos penguin that lives north of the Equator? Sheesh.

As we wait for a correction from the esteemed Dr. Tyson, here are some hilarious tweets mocking this egregious (or is it egg-regious?) error to pass the time:

Science School with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Chapter 8: Pengins: The Most Dangerous Game http://t.co/lsBW1K76FT

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 20, 2014

@neiltyson I saw penguins in the Galapagos, right on the Equator and even slightly north of it. They seemed quite free to me!

— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) September 19, 2014

FACT: Penguins subsist on a steady diet of fish, insects, hoboes, runaways and Identity Theft.

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 20, 2014

okay i'm out of penguin facts. they're very interesting creatures, though. Nature's Little Khmer Rouge.

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 20, 2014

Science School with Neil deGrasse Tyson…with Penguins, what’s not to love. http://t.co/ABigyCWctX pic.twitter.com/G7FEp5noVN

— Mike (@ICUStat) September 20, 2014


Neal deGrasse Tyson fans ignore his fabrications ‘because they’re all about facts’

Neil deGrasse Tyson — serial fabulist? Now, with ‘quotes’ mocking the celebrated physicist