Elon Musk, who has made a name for himself by building robot cars and giving babies questionable names, has lately proven himself to be a bit of a conspiracy theorist — or at least OK with letting others believe that he buys into conspiracy theories.
He recently tweeted a handful of words that set off a firestorm across the Atlantic Ocean. He took to Twitter to write, “Aliens built the pyramids obv.”
Apart from being factually untrue, Elon’s tweet also references a long-running conspiracy theory about the Egyptian pyramids. Egypt’s Minister of International Co-operation Rania al-Mashat was quick to respond, noting that she’s a fan of Elon’s work but that he really needs to check his sources:
“I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders. Mr. Musk, we are waiting for you.”
Elon appeared to walk back his claim in later tweets. He eventually wrote, “The Great Pyramid was the tallest structure made by humans for 3800 years. Three thousand, eight hundred years” and also added another tweet that reads, “This BBC article provides a sensible summary for how it was done.”
Elon appears to have dropped the topic and has since moved on to tweeting about Space X and his ongoing goals.
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