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Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

  1. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

    As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

    But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.

    read more
    http://www.thinkatheist.com/profiles/bl … texas-for/
    Well, so much for scienceroll

    1. Paul Wingert profile image78
      Paul Wingertposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hate to tell the wackoes at Waco that there's no Santa or Easter Bunny.

    2. pennyofheaven profile image79
      pennyofheavenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ooooo I didn't know that!

      Why do you think she said what she did as she left. What's it got to do with God? I must be missing something?

    3. Chris Neal profile image82
      Chris Nealposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      That happened six years ago! I'm a little embarrassed that I wasn't paying any closer attention to the dates than anybody else.

      The details are a little different that thinkatheist makes it out:

      http://www.examiner.com/article/reporte … ory-speaks

    4. Titen-Sxull profile image93
      Titen-Sxullposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      This is an extremely old story, it goes back to 2009 if I believe. It's still ridiculous that anyone in 2009 could be upset at the ideas of basic science but then some fringe elements here in America are backwards in that way.

  2. Aficionada profile image90
    Aficionadaposted 5 years ago

    In 2006.  The comments on the article were dated 2009.

    My favorite comment was "that's taking literacy too far!"  I'm fairly certain the commenter meant literalism or literalness, not literacylol  lol  !!!!!

    1. Lisa HW profile image81
      Lisa HWposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      2006, 2009, 2012.  Makes no difference when literacy has gotten this far out of control.   lol   There's no putting the genie back in that particular bottle.

      1. Aficionada profile image90
        Aficionadaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Literacy?????????????

        I would think that the one thing a writers' site would commend would be literacy.  I would think that scientists and thinkers of all types would be very close behind the writers in lauding literacy.

        As for the linked article, my suspicion is that there was a different issue at hand that caused the walk-out, but I would need to find an unbiased source to confirm or deny that suspicion.  Good luck in finding such a thing in 2012.

        1. Lisa HW profile image81
          Lisa HWposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I was aiming to be funny there.  Apparently, I failed this time around.    big_smile

          1. Aficionada profile image90
            Aficionadaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Red yikes face. I should have guessed that!
            Apparently I'm having my own problems with literacy and literalism this afternoon. big_smile

            Sorry about that. So sorry!

            1. Lisa HW profile image81
              Lisa HWposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              lol     No red face necessary.  It's typing, which can be a challenge when it comes to attempts at humor.   smile  (By the way, I should figure out how to do a red face one of these days.  I could find that comes in handy lots of time on here.   smile

  3. Lisa HW profile image81
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    I've been thinking the light thing is a given.  What I think he should have addressed is the green cheese thing.

  4. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 5 years ago

    What about the man in the moon?!

    1. Lisa HW profile image81
      Lisa HWposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The Science Guy should have told those people he IS the man in the moon.  Maybe they would have been too scared of him to boo him.   smile

  5. paradigmsearch profile image87
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    They are going to go nuts when they find out about this...

    "The Moon's Peculiar Dust Gets More Peculiar Still"

    It's a tech, not humor, article.

    http://www.time.com/time/health/article … 43,00.html

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Fascinating article and yes, it will probably tick off the ignorant.  smile

      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6186572.jpg

      1. paradigmsearch profile image87
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        That, or they'll start praying to it. big_smile

        1. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          They used to anyway, so what's the harm?  smile

          http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6186572.jpg

  6. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    To paraphrase Dean Martin and with apologies to anyone actually from Waco who knows the moon actually does reflect light from the sun.


    In Waco, T where science ain't king
    When boy meets girl here's what they say

    When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie
    You're a MORON
    When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine
    You're a MORON
    Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
    And you'll sing "Vita bella"
    Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
    Like a gay tarantella

    [Oh no -- I can't imagine "gay" anything going over with this radicalWaco crowd.Better change that to God fearin' or gun-totin' or something]

    When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool
    You're a MORON
    When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
    You're in love
    When you walk down in a dream but you know you're not
    Dreaming signore
    Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Waco,T
    You're a MORON

    Lucky fellas
    They do say ignorance is BLISS

  7. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 5 years ago

    Haha! Brilliant! an oscar for Mighty Mom!

  8. SmartAndFun profile image91
    SmartAndFunposted 5 years ago

    Ugghhhh. Please tell me this story isn't true. Waco is not all that far from where I am.

    1. Pearldiver profile image88
      Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Don't Worry.... Criticism will only be forthcoming based entirely on your 'view' of the Moon! big_smile

      1. Mighty Mom profile image90
        Mighty Momposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        So if I only see a sliver does that mean less criticism than if I see a full moon?
        *fights instinct to post a "mooning" smilie here*

    2. Aficionada profile image90
      Aficionadaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      In the interview with Bill Nye that I read, the interviewer (filling in for Keith Olberman) mentioned Paris, not Waco - so maybe you're safe, depending on which direction from Waco and how far you are. big_smile - But I didn't follow the trail far enough to know which town was correct.

      Also, Bill Nye's version of the situation didn't sound quite as sensational as the internet stories of that brief event that happened six years ago.

      I guess the pertinent questions are:  (1) if the sensationalized story is repeated thousands of times on the internet, does that give it greater weight than the brief description made by the scientist in question?  (2) why would anyone allow themselves to get in a tizzy over something that 1-2 people did that long ago, when there are so many actual problems in the world today?

    3. pennyofheaven profile image79
      pennyofheavenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Heres a link from another thread that might help. Compliments of Chris Neal http://www.examiner.com/article/reporte … ory-speaks

    4. Doc Sonic profile image91
      Doc Sonicposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      No worries, the story doesn't appear to be true. At least not the way it's being reported. There was no booing, and out of a crowd of 600, a few people walked out. I don't think Texas is the only place you'll find a handful of religious fundamentalists among a crowd of 600 people. I live in Massachusetts, and we've got lots of 'em.

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        nonto21posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I live now in the dirty south. We have all of 'em.

        1. Doc Sonic profile image91
          Doc Sonicposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          'fraid not.

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            nonto21posted 5 years ago in reply to this

            From Arizona to West Virginia and all points south, there's a church on almost every city and neighborhood block. If you don't believe me, drive south and you'll see a dramatic increase in churches and religious propaganda.

            1. recommend1 profile image66
              recommend1posted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Funny thing is that China is crawling with fundamentalist fools secretly trying to spread their stupidity to naive people and making up horror stories of repression and suppression - yet the churches that are prominent and have no restrictions to anyone worshipping inside them - are empty.

              1. profile image58
                nonto21posted 5 years ago in reply to this

                An open mind is, most often, the one to be rejected. You can't agree with one and deny the other, but you can't readily accept both. The atheist would say it is irrational and illogical, to accept both. The christian would say you were wrong and damn you to hell, for them, you have to be in full agreement with the doctrine. When they found the well had dried in Europe and an uneasy public revolted against certain forms of christianity,  they came to the America's. If theists run out of ears to assault and information to discredit, they latch then onto children, the only people too uneducated to resist. If that mode doesn't work, they find a new country and they start up with the chastizement and scare tactics their so well known for.

                1. Doc Sonic profile image91
                  Doc Sonicposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  OK, well, I'm sorry that my comment started this string of vitriol towards people with religious belifs. My only point was that the story wasn't being reported accurately, and it's a mistake to conclude that people from Waco are stupid based on an inaccurate story. No criticism of any religion was intended.

                  1. profile image58
                    nonto21posted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    I was actually answering another persons comment, I believe it was recommend1. I don't have anything against the people, only what is being taught.

              2. Chris Neal profile image82
                Chris Nealposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Tells me that God is working through the people who are actually spreading His word, and not the people who try to subvert it.

  9. Gypsy Willow profile image80
    Gypsy Willowposted 5 years ago

    If you only see a sliver it means someone's been eating it. It's made of cheese. every one knows that

  10. Cheeky Girl profile image81
    Cheeky Girlposted 5 years ago

    Remember when the Earth was flat? Oh right, of course. It's round. Silly me.

 
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