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 Chris H on April 27, 2011 at 4:34pm
OMFG! Pun intended
Comment by Andrew Schatz on April 27, 2011 at 7:22pm
how bothersome
Comment by ZachsMind on April 27, 2011 at 7:34pm
They misheard him. They thought he said he was gonna hog all the moonshine.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on April 27, 2011 at 7:38pm
Comment by Will Currey on April 28, 2011 at 2:45pm
pure stupidity from those people who boo'd... same ones who still think earth is flat and sun revolves around earth I guess... total ignorance
Comment by Wassabi on April 28, 2011 at 3:31pm
i think people like that should be denied access to antibiotics and modern technology in general. they simply don;t deserve to reap the benefists of science while procreating to promote the dark ages.
Comment by Clint on April 28, 2011 at 4:06pm
I was born in Waco, Texas, and I attended mclennan community college. The town itself is extremely religious, but on the campus, you would be hard pressed to find any religious ridiculousness. Bill Nye has been there a time before this I believe, on the same subject I think. I have moved to Austin before this happened, mainly because of the ignorant ideals harbored there and the low availability of career opportunities. These events are open to anyone, so I know the staff there was probably extremely embarrassed that some ya-hoos pulled some "face palm worthy," stunt.
Comment by Pedro Bedard on April 28, 2011 at 6:21pm

What? Huh?

I don't even...

Comment by Daniel John Tolczyk on April 28, 2011 at 6:32pm
Can we just give Texas back to Mexico?
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on April 28, 2011 at 6:35pm
That might cause a panic as people like that mother who walked out with her children might think that moving the border will put them closer to the edge of the earth where they might fall off.


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