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Neil deGrasse Tyson triggers a reaction on Twitter by calling Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve
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Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson received a series of whines on Twitter this Christmas Eve for taking Santa and his reindeer a bit too literally.
In a series of tweets, Tyson explained why the story of St. Nick and his companions does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.
Tyson said he would defy the laws of physics for Santa to deliver gifts to Christians all over the world overnight. Such a task, he said, would require “hypersonic speeds through Earth’s lower atmosphere, vaporizing its reindeer and sled. I’m just saying.”
Accompanying the tweet, a forest and a cloud of smoke rose skyward, implying that Santa had been cremated.
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Many Twitter users blasted him for ruining the magic of Christmas.
“That’s why people don’t like atheists. Are you posting this on Christmas Eve? ” wrote one person, adding that the timing was horrible.
“I love that you give us physics, but maybe every once in a while you should do it for holiday magic?” ” wrote another one.
Another joked that such comments from Tyson are the reason he is never invited at parties more.
In a follow-up tweet, Tyson accused Santa of not knowing about zoology.
Tyson noted that although both male and female reindeer grow antlers, males lose theirs in late fall, well before Christmas.
“So Santa’s reindeer, all of which sport antlers, are therefore all female, which means Rudolf was mismatched,” Tyson wrote.
“Ruining Christmas one tweet at a time” responded an user.
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Another one wrote: “They can’t fly either, but you go ahead and take the joy out of everything on Christmas Eve if that makes you happy.”
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