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

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.

Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected.

This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarrassment.

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Comment by Tania Colgan on November 9, 2013 at 2:32pm

"You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics."

When I talk to people, smart people, about anthropogenic (people caused) climate change, and I get the response "We might have had something to do with it", I realize that I have my work cut out for me. The misinformation that is out there, propelled by poor media coverage, outright lies and willful ignorance is pretty depressing to me. But it makes entire sense. If the climate changes, and you know where the crops will still grow, and you have a flock of people who will blindly follow anything, you have yourself a kingdom. The future of Texas projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, suggests if we go on like 'business as usual', suggests Texas will become more desert and most of the bible belt is in for some intense terrible storms. So, it would make sense that their political leaders and church leaders would be pressuring people not to think. It makes perfect sense to me anyway. I'm just worried that there is going to be a civil war sprung from all of this when shit really hits the fan...


Comment by Pope Beanie on November 9, 2013 at 5:48pm

I'm just worried that there is going to be a civil war sprung from all of this

At that point I might consider buying stock in union jack flag production, supporting secession movements, and maybe even selling some states to Mexico at a discount.


Comment by Pope Beanie on November 9, 2013 at 5:49pm

Er, confederate flags, I mean.

Comment by Don on November 10, 2013 at 9:50am

See "Rising Seas."

"A profoundly altered planet is what our fossil-fuel-driven civilization is creating, a planet where Sandy-scale flooding will become more common and more destructive for the world’s coastal cities. By releasing carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, we have warmed the Earth by more than a full degree Fahrenheit over the past century and raised sea level by about eight inches. Even if we stopped burning all fossil fuels tomorrow, the existing greenhouse gases would continue to warm the Earth for centuries. We have irreversibly committed future generations to a hotter world and rising seas."

Comment by Peter H. Boling on December 24, 2014 at 1:18pm

NOPE.  This is all a bunch of Hookah.  I hope the author can update the post.

Comment by Vince James Abernathy on December 25, 2014 at 9:15pm

The people in Texas were always willfully ignorant and bias. Hell, that state still promotes the death penalty for Christ sake. They still think in a 19th century frame of mind. 

Comment by Dale Headley on December 29, 2014 at 3:26pm

If there is better evidence for Texans choosing to be stupid, I haven’t heard one.


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