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36 Times Twitter Superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson Answered Question No One Asked

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1.

In cartoons, Lobsters & other Crustaceans that talk are typically drawn Red. But they’re that color only after you boil them

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

In cartoons, Lobsters & other Crustaceans that talk are typically drawn Red. But they’re that color only after you boil them

12:30 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The more oddly shaped your City's buildings are, the more likely they will be featured In photos for Travel Brochures.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

The more oddly shaped your City's buildings are, the more likely they will be featured In photos for Travel Brochures.

12:35 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

3.

When a coincidence seems amazing, that's because the human mind isn’t wired to naturally comprehend probability & statistics.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

When a coincidence seems amazing, that's because the human mind isn’t wired to naturally comprehend probability & statistics.

3:03 PM - 29 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

4.

Seasons are caused by the 23.5-degree tilt in Earth’s axis. Without it, fashion would need a different excuse to change.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Seasons are caused by the 23.5-degree tilt in Earth’s axis. Without it, fashion would need a different excuse to change.

12:49 PM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5.

Total Eclipses occur every couple of years or so. If anyone calls them "rare", ask if they feel that way about the Olympics.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Total Eclipses occur every couple of years or so. If anyone calls them "rare", ask if they feel that way about the Olympics.

11:28 AM - 13 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6.

Not that anybody asked, but when the Moon is in the 7th house, & Jupiter aligns with Mars, nothing will happen because of it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Not that anybody asked, but when the Moon is in the 7th house, & Jupiter aligns with Mars, nothing will happen because of it.

11:16 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

7.

Since mega- is the metric prefix for a million, "Mega Millions" state lottery jackpots should really be paying trillions.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Since mega- is the metric prefix for a million, "Mega Millions" state lottery jackpots should really be paying trillions.

10:51 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Without a space program that discovers, tracks & deflects killer asteroids, our extinction is assured by one. Have a nice day

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Without a space program that discovers, tracks & deflects killer asteroids, our extinction is assured by one. Have a nice day

2:48 PM - 15 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

9.

Felix Baumgartner's "Edge of Space” jump, if scaled to a schoolroom globe, begins 1mm above its surface. I'm just saying.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Felix Baumgartner's "Edge of Space” jump, if scaled to a schoolroom globe, begins 1mm above its surface. I'm just saying.

10:55 AM - 04 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

10.

Tonight’s Super Moon fits easily within the field of view seen though a drinking straw. I’m just saying.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Tonight’s Super Moon fits easily within the field of view seen though a drinking straw. I’m just saying.

10:16 PM - 08 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Not that anybody asked, but still disgruntled that the “Alphabet Song" has the same melody as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Not that anybody asked, but still disgruntled that the “Alphabet Song" has the same melody as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

10:17 AM - 04 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

12.

Just to settle it once and for all: Which came first the Chicken or the Egg? The Egg -- laid by a bird that was not a Chicken

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Just to settle it once and for all: Which came first the Chicken or the Egg? The Egg -- laid by a bird that was not a Chicken

10:18 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

13.

Just an FYI: Crossing the sky at much higher angles, winter full Moons appear, on average, brighter than summer full Moons.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

Just an FYI: Crossing the sky at much higher angles, winter full Moons appear, on average, brighter than summer full Moons.

11:59 PM - 08 Jan 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

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July’s full moon is to August's "Super Moon” what a 16.0 inch pizza is to a 16.1 inch pizza. I’m just saying.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

July’s full moon is to August's "Super Moon” what a 16.0 inch pizza is to a 16.1 inch pizza. I’m just saying.

3:34 AM - 11 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

15.

Seems to me, as long as we don't program emotions into Robots, there's no reason to fear them taking over the world.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Seems to me, as long as we don't program emotions into Robots, there's no reason to fear them taking over the world.

11:29 PM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

16.

The @UPS tracking uses 17 digits & one letter. Enough for 2.6 quintillion packages. That's 370 million per person on Earth.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

The @UPS tracking uses 17 digits & one letter. Enough for 2.6 quintillion packages. That's 370 million per person on Earth.

10:38 PM - 29 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

17.

Not that anybody asked, but still disgruntled that the “Alphabet Song" has the same melody as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

Not that anybody asked, but still disgruntled that the “Alphabet Song" has the same melody as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

10:17 AM - 04 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

18.

Just an FYI: Within two minutes of flight, the Shuttle's air-speed exceeds that of a bullet fired from an M16 assault rifle.

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Just an FYI: Within two minutes of flight, the Shuttle's air-speed exceeds that of a bullet fired from an M16 assault rifle.

8:58 AM - 16 May 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

19.

Plants get their energy from the Sun. Herbivores from plants. Carnivores from herbivores. In the end, we're all solar powered

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Plants get their energy from the Sun. Herbivores from plants. Carnivores from herbivores. In the end, we're all solar powered

10:52 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

20.

Just an FYI:Excess fat hauled on American tummies, hips, & butts would sustain caloric needs of Afghanistan people for a year

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Just an FYI:Excess fat hauled on American tummies, hips, & butts would sustain caloric needs of Afghanistan people for a year

7:58 PM - 04 Apr 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

21.

If Detroit added a pro-sports team & called it the Bears, the City could boast it was home to the Lions and Tigers and Bears.

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If Detroit added a pro-sports team & called it the Bears, the City could boast it was home to the Lions and Tigers and Bears.

7:53 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

22.

Just an FYI: Stars in the Universe far outnumber all sounds & words ever uttered by all humans who ever lived.

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Just an FYI: Stars in the Universe far outnumber all sounds & words ever uttered by all humans who ever lived.

12:45 PM - 11 Apr 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

23.

Sundials designed for the North won't work in the Southern Hemisphere. If ported there, they would reckon time backwards.

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Sundials designed for the North won't work in the Southern Hemisphere. If ported there, they would reckon time backwards.

12:16 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Just an FYI:: Little-known Solar System Fact -- Pluto is less than 1/5 the mass of Earth's Moon. Get over it.

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Just an FYI:: Little-known Solar System Fact -- Pluto is less than 1/5 the mass of Earth's Moon. Get over it.

11:26 PM - 29 Mar 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

25.

Earth's centrifugal force at the Equator renders everybody and everything about 6% lighter than they𠆝 weigh at the poles.

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Earth's centrifugal force at the Equator renders everybody and everything about 6% lighter than they

26.

Just an FYI: It takes twice as much energy to throw a baseball 100mph than it does to throw one at 70mph. Do The Physics

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Just an FYI: It takes twice as much energy to throw a baseball 100mph than it does to throw one at 70mph. Do The Physics

11:06 PM - 27 Oct 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

27.

Just an FYI: Until the Methods & Tools of science were developed, people hardly knew anything about anything.

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Just an FYI: Until the Methods & Tools of science were developed, people hardly knew anything about anything.

1:01 PM - 18 Jun 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The flag in Antarctica that ID's the South Pole has to be repositioned every year. The glacier beneath moves continuously.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

The flag in Antarctica that ID's the South Pole has to be repositioned every year. The glacier beneath moves continuously.

11:34 AM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

29.

Just an FYI: Michael Phelps has as many Medals in the #Olympics - all time - as the country of India, with 1.2 billion people

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

Just an FYI: Michael Phelps has as many Medals in the #Olympics - all time - as the country of India, with 1.2 billion people

11:41 PM - 02 Aug 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

30.

If Pizza sizes were given in area not diameter, you'd see instantly that a 7 inch is less than half the size of a 10 inch pie

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If Pizza sizes were given in area not diameter, you'd see instantly that a 7 inch is less than half the size of a 10 inch pie

1:39 PM - 25 Jan 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Just an FYI: Today is "Thursday the 12th" and it's just as common as "Friday the 13th"

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Just an FYI: Today is "Thursday the 12th" and it's just as common as "Friday the 13th"

2:57 PM - 12 Jul 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

32.

Not that anybody asked, but the symbol "lb" for pound comes from an abbreviation of the constellation Libra, the scales.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

Not that anybody asked, but the symbol "lb" for pound comes from an abbreviation of the constellation Libra, the scales.

6:35 PM - 17 May 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Just an FYI: Roman Numerals have no zero because it was not yet invented, allowing year 2000 to be written efficiently as MM.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

Just an FYI: Roman Numerals have no zero because it was not yet invented, allowing year 2000 to be written efficiently as MM.

3:23 PM - 22 Aug 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Just an FYI: Energy consumed by the United States in one year equals the energy made by the Sun in one millionth of a second.

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Just an FYI: Energy consumed by the United States in one year equals the energy made by the Sun in one millionth of a second.

2:27 PM - 20 Oct 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

35.

If you removed all arteries veins & capillaries from a person's body & tied them end-to-end then...that person would die.

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If you removed all arteries veins & capillaries from a person's body & tied them end-to-end then...that person would die.

10:05 AM - 19 Jun 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

36.

Just an FYI: If you blow-torch a shuttle tile to red-hot, in time it takes to put down the torch, tile is back to room temp.

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltysonFollow

Just an FYI: If you blow-torch a shuttle tile to red-hot, in time it takes to put down the torch, tile is back to room temp.

11:34 AM - 09 Mar 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

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