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Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. (a.k.a. Bob B.o.B) (born 1988) is an American rapper and conspiracy theorist.

He is mostly known for his 2016 Twitter brainfart wherein he endorsed the flat Earth hypothesis.

Flat Earth[edit]

In January 2016, B.o.B decided to share his insights that the Earth is flat based on extremely old and unscientific arguments. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson responded to B.o.B's statements, countering them with science.[1] B.o.B did to Tyson what rappers usually do to other rappers, and he released a diss trackWikipedia's W.svg aimed at Tyson called "Flatline" (though what the "n" is doing in the name is an open question, since he never pronounces it). The song further expresses B.o.B's bogus opinions, and is sprinkled here and there with some other conspiracies, mostly those revolving around NASA:

However, Neil deGrasse Tyson's nephew Stephen is also a rapper, and the two collaborated together to release a song aimed back at B.o.B, titled "Flat to Fact",[2] in which Tyson hilariously stated at the end, "To be clear, being five centuries regressed in your reasoning, doesn't mean we all still can't like your music."

Tyson then appeared on The Nightly Show on Comedy Central, where he stated, "It's a fundamental fact of calculus and non-Euclidean geometry. Small sections of large curved surfaces will always look flat to little creatures that crawl upon it... And by the way, this is called gravity [literally drops the microphone]."[3]

One would think that, as a wealthy entertainer, B.o.B could afford to simply charter a flight to the edge of the Earth in order to prove his doubters wrong.

Other bullshit[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Crank magnetism

If the flat Earth thing wasn't enough, B.o.B is also a Holocaust denier, urging his own fans to "do their research" on David Irving.[4][5] In his song "Flatline", he declares that science is a cult. Adding to this soup of delusion, he believes that celebrities are being cloned pretty much every damn second.[6] And to make things even crazier, he believes reptilians control the universe.

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References[edit]

  1. "Neil DeGrasse Tyson tries teaching rapper B.o.B that the Earth is actually round". 
  2. Platon, Adelle (26 January 2016). "Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds to B.o.B Diss Track with Drake-Referencing 'Flat to Fact'". Billboard. 
  3. Said-Moorhouse, Lauren (29 January 2016). "Neil deGrasse Tyson fires back at B.o.B with epic mic drop". CNN. 
  4. "[Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org B.O.B Just Started a Rap War With Neil DeGrasse Tyson Over His Flat Earth Tweets]". 
  5. Brait, Ellen (26 January 2016). "Flat earth rapper BoB releases Neil deGrasse Tyson diss track". The Guardian. 
  6. Moore, Jack (January 26th 2016) GQ.com http://www.gq.com/story/bob-human-cloning