Those basic facts of this saga are pretty nuts. Here's everything that happened up till then.
Throughout Sunday and Monday, the hybrid rock-rap artist tweeted about conspiracy theories. He suggested that the Apollo moon landing was faked, and he tweeted out cocktail-napkin math equations captioning what look like photos edited in Microsoft Paint. He urged people to investigate cloning centers, and for world governments to allow travel through Antarctica to see the edge of the Earth.
Here is a selection, in chronological order, of what he sent out over the past couple days:
Eventually, pop scientist and professional cold-water-thrower Neil deGrasse Tyson stepped into the ring, hoping to persuade an indefatigable B.o.B (real name: Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.). Here was his argument:
And on Monday night, B.o.B delivered a devastating, fact-free rebuttal in the form of a diss track on Soundcloud. It is called "Flatline — Feat. Neil Tyson." Its lyrics suggest that Jews control President Obama and reference the prominent Holocaust denier David Irving. B.o.B asks why NASA is part of the Department of Defense, and tells listeners to research Dr. Richard Sauder, the author of a book called "Underwater & Underground Bases: Surprising Facts the Government Does Not Want You to Know."
Of course, B.o.B is
to believe weird stuff.
Moral of the story: Don't get your science from B.o.B.
—By Noah Kulwin, Re/code.net.
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