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2020-08-03 9:20:37 AM  
I thought they were built by Jesus on a dinosaur.
 
2020-08-03 10:14:09 AM  
Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.
 
2020-08-03 11:44:27 AM  
Is Ekon Elon's brother?
 
2020-08-03 11:45:21 AM  
Is Ekon Musk like Elon Musk but in ekonomy mode?
 
2020-08-03 11:45:26 AM  
OTS would be pretty handy right now, because I can't tell if this is some weird running gag or if it's one individual having a stroke.
 
2020-08-03 11:46:09 AM  

HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.


I always hear "Pyramids/temples/whatever couldn't have been built by humans" not Africans. You're just not looking in the right places. Google says there's plenty of Stonehenge/aliens theories

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2020-08-03 11:46:38 AM  

Mussel Shoals: Is Ekon Musk like Elon Musk but in ekonomy mode?


unoossible!
 
2020-08-03 11:46:53 AM  
Go home Subby, you're drunk.
 
2020-08-03 11:46:54 AM  
For all the stupid stuff Elon tweets, I'm pretty sure this was a joke.

/ satire is dead
// yeah I know it has been for a long time
 
2020-08-03 11:47:34 AM  
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2020-08-03 11:48:09 AM  

oldernell: I thought they were built by Jesus on a dinosaur.


With god all things are oossible
 
2020-08-03 11:49:31 AM  
But are they filled with grain?
 
2020-08-03 11:49:31 AM  

Mussel Shoals: Is Ekon Musk like Elon Musk but in ekonomy mode?


It is the Orthodox Musk from the ikon.

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2020-08-03 11:51:38 AM  
anything is oosible if you oof enough things.
 
2020-08-03 11:52:41 AM  

HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.


Stonehenge isn't sitting on a very rich wide vein of gold, which attracted kings and pirates conquerors both, which made wiping out the native civilization a given.
 
2020-08-03 11:52:49 AM  

HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.


No it's not. But I'm sure anything can be racist if you want it to be.
 
2020-08-03 11:55:02 AM  
I'd have to see more context, but that tweet appears to be sarcasm.
 
2020-08-03 11:57:04 AM  

HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.


There's schools of thought that say it is a subtle form of colonialism because of the prevalence of conspiracy theories surrounding how certain iconic wonders were built and for what purpose, while the more...Northern European wonders are less likely to have conspiratorial origins told (though some exist), but still have the insane explanations for their purpose.

As for how valid those schools of thought are, that's up to the beholder to decide for now.
 
2020-08-03 11:58:36 AM  
I could never understand the people who think aliens made the pyramids.  I mean, imagine humanity discovering a planet with intelligent life on it, traveling to it, and then once we get there we decide to... stack a bunch of rocks on top of each other then fark off forever.
 
2020-08-03 11:58:56 AM  

rcain: Dude is becoming increasingly unhinged. Would not be surprised if he ends up self-destructing in fantastic manner


Ekon or subby?
 
2020-08-03 11:59:34 AM  
If you only poll ancient Egyptian theorists who say no.
I think we should poll a few who might say yes.

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2020-08-03 12:00:50 PM  

HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.


It definitely is racism.

Plus sheer religious stupidity when coupled with the "Jewish slaves built the pyramids" nonsense.  There is plenty of historical evidence indicating the pyramids were built by skilled and highly-paid craftsmen and laborers.
 
2020-08-03 12:01:42 PM  
"See... it's like SG-1, dude... I mean. seriously, right?"
 
2020-08-03 12:02:14 PM  

HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.


You clearly haven't watched enough Ancient Aliens.

Name any event/monument/etc. There's probably an episode of it where they ask if aliens were involved. FFS, there was an episode I saw where they asked if aliens were behind the JFK assassination.

/the "ancient" part isn't really true anymore, it should be called "Aliens diddit"
//greatest comedy show on TV
 
2020-08-03 12:02:29 PM  
I must have missed this as I've blocked his stupid ass on Twitter.
 
2020-08-03 12:03:19 PM  
American settlers destroyed native archaeological sites all over the continent because of hatred for paganism. There's an upswell of interest in ancient America now, partially because of all the interest in the younger dryas events and the comet vs. vulcanism thing.
Because of Rogan even knuckle dragging combat sports fans like myself are learning about it. (Hate him all you like, hes popularized a format that is educating people, mostly for the better.)
History Channel has been selling Von Daniken nonsense forever, thought Elon was immune to silliness, maybe he is trolling the world.
Maybe he's an alien himself.
(Cue x files theme)
 
2020-08-03 12:04:04 PM  
That dude needs a PR rep.
 
2020-08-03 12:05:06 PM  
"I found the tombs of the pyramids builders that tell everyone that the builders of the pyramids are Egyptians and they were not slaves,"

Well that settles it.
 
2020-08-03 12:05:52 PM  

rcain: Dude is becoming increasingly unhinged. Would not be surprised if he ends up self-destructing in fantastic manner


LOL u
 
2020-08-03 12:08:29 PM  
The pyramids are millennia older than the First Kingdom.  The First Kingdom found the pyramids and scratched their name into them.  Egypt's people are descendents of the First Kingdom, more or less. You can understand why they claim First Kingdom built those amazing structures.  Nobody wants to admit that their forbearers were but vandals that scratched their name on greatness, but the fact of the matter is that the granite structures and sculptures that were made at the same time as the pyramids were machine tooled by a culture that had power tools, the thermal lance, and bits at least as hard as silicon carbide. We can't even duplicate some of that work today.

But please, tell me that a culture that didn't even have the wheel did it with bronze chisels and teams of 40 men during Khufu's reign.  That's completely reasonable.
 
2020-08-03 12:12:29 PM  
If you have a lot of time on your hands, with no distractions, you can accomplish some pretty amazing things.

The ancients had a lot of time on their hands.
 
2020-08-03 12:12:41 PM  
Although the medieval Catholic world is responsible for the "Jewish slaves built the pyramid" nonsense.  Post-Roman Europe was so obsessed with Christianity that they turned to the bible to understand stuff (instead of reading the Roman and Greek books that had been spared from library burnings).  It's how the Romani got labeled as "Gypsies", because nomadic brown people were assumed to be the Egyptians who kicked Jesus out when his parents were fleeing after he was born.  And not people from India who were looking for a new peaceful homeland during the strife caused by Muslim and Mongol invasions.
 
2020-08-03 12:13:39 PM  

Valacirca: I could never understand the people who think aliens made the pyramids.  I mean, imagine humanity discovering a planet with intelligent life on it, traveling to it, and then once we get there we decide to... stack a bunch of rocks on top of each other then fark off forever.


Strange things can happen.
We assume technology is linear but it's been proven that civilizations can rise and fall in cyclical fashion. Its not impossible that prior civilizations could build things or could have left behind technological know how that allows certain things to be built. Things that might be hard to explain now Because We're so accustomed to think in terms of engines and hydraulics.
We'd be mystified to see what someone might accomplish with some string and a lot of persistence. Someone living in the aftermath of that first civilization might be even more surprised.

/it could also be aliens.
/there's no proof, but it's possible...
 
2020-08-03 12:14:55 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: If you have a lot of time on your hands, SLAVE LABOR with no distractions, you can accomplish some pretty amazing things.

The ancients had a lot of time on their hands SLAVE LABOR.


FTFY
 
2020-08-03 12:14:57 PM  

way south: Valacirca: I could never understand the people who think aliens made the pyramids.  I mean, imagine humanity discovering a planet with intelligent life on it, traveling to it, and then once we get there we decide to... stack a bunch of rocks on top of each other then fark off forever.

Strange things can happen.
We assume technology is linear but it's been proven that civilizations can rise and fall in cyclical fashion. Its not impossible that prior civilizations could build things or could have left behind technological know how that allows certain things to be built. Things that might be hard to explain now Because We're so accustomed to think in terms of engines and hydraulics.
We'd be mystified to see what someone might accomplish with some string and a lot of persistence. Someone living in the aftermath of that first civilization might be even more surprised.

/it could also be aliens.
/there's no proof, but it's possible...


People without wheels can do impressive things.  The Easter Island statues were apparently wobbled into place with ropes and large teams of strong people.
 
2020-08-03 12:15:08 PM  
I remember a book coming out years ago about the height of the pyramids divided by the base coming out to a divider of Pi (3.14....).  The author concluded that space aliens had to be involved, because the Egyptians couldn't possibly have known about an advanced mathematical concept like Pi.

A few years later they discovered a wheel with a notch in the top near the pyramids, used as a measuring unit.  In other words, the pyramids are built on a divisor of Pi because their measuring tool was round.
 
2020-08-03 12:15:24 PM  

cfreak: For all the stupid stuff Elon tweets, I'm pretty sure this was a joke.

/ satire is dead
// yeah I know it has been for a long time


If I had is platform, I'd troll the shait out of people. And just think of how many articles journalists were able to write because of the tweet. Elon's shiatposts are good for the economy!
 
2020-08-03 12:15:53 PM  

grumpfuff: HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.

You clearly haven't watched enough Ancient Aliens.

Name any event/monument/etc. There's probably an episode of it where they ask if aliens were involved. FFS, there was an episode I saw where they asked if aliens were behind the JFK assassination.

/the "ancient" part isn't really true anymore, it should be called "Aliens diddit"
//greatest comedy show on TV


If it was aliens they certainly had a flair for ornamentation that appealed to men.  Are aesthetics universal to sentience?  Some, perhaps.  The most likely explanation is that our civilization descended from the hard-scrabble survivors of an advanced civilization scrubbed by cataclysm.
 
2020-08-03 12:18:27 PM  

EvilElecBlanket: cfreak: For all the stupid stuff Elon tweets, I'm pretty sure this was a joke.

/ satire is dead
// yeah I know it has been for a long time

If I had is platform, I'd troll the shait out of people. And just think of how many articles journalists were able to write because of the tweet. Elon's shiatposts are good for the economy!


I'm not going to lie. I made a little money off his 420 tweet early last year.

But yeah I'm pretty sure this is his M.O.
 
2020-08-03 12:19:54 PM  

grumpfuff: HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.

You clearly haven't watched enough Ancient Aliens.

Name any event/monument/etc. There's probably an episode of it where they ask if aliens were involved. FFS, there was an episode I saw where they asked if aliens were behind the JFK assassination.

/the "ancient" part isn't really true anymore, it should be called "Aliens diddit"
//greatest comedy show on TV


Googles tell me they did an episode on Stonehenge in season 1. I've been hearing about Stonehenge and aliens my whole life. Ever couple years there's a documentary to show how Neolithic humans could have built Stonehenge to disprove the alien theory.

I know it's cool to look for racism in everything, but it takes a real selective memory to block all that out.

There are a ton more documentaries in general about ancient Egypt because it's just a whole lot more interesting that a bunch of plain granite rocks.
 
2020-08-03 12:20:14 PM  
Pricipal caught sayof?
 
2020-08-03 12:24:48 PM  
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Elon linked to this non-alien article:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/​e​gyptians/pyramid_builders_01.shtml

Definitely sarcasm. The internet got their knickers in a knot over a joke.
 
2020-08-03 12:24:52 PM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: grumpfuff: HugeMistake: Is the whole "great buildings couldn't possibly have been built by Africans / Central Americans / Asians, therefore aliens" a not-very subtle form of racism?

You rarely hear "Stonehenge was built by aliens!" because it's not hard to believe that British builders stacked one stone on top of two other stones, knocked off the day, and put the tea on. I never cease to be amazed that Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are more or less contemporaries.

You clearly haven't watched enough Ancient Aliens.

Name any event/monument/etc. There's probably an episode of it where they ask if aliens were involved. FFS, there was an episode I saw where they asked if aliens were behind the JFK assassination.

/the "ancient" part isn't really true anymore, it should be called "Aliens diddit"
//greatest comedy show on TV

If it was aliens they certainly had a flair for ornamentation that appealed to men.  Are aesthetics universal to sentience?  Some, perhaps.  The most likely explanation is that our civilization descended from the hard-scrabble survivors of an advanced civilization scrubbed by cataclysm.


I wouldn't think that aliens would be interested in flat lines and sharp points.  Spaceships would need to be aerodynamic, so curves and round shapes would dominate everything.  Early humans on the other hand were inundated by round things and curves because nature is naturally rounded, so early humans were obsessed with square edges and flat lines.  Look at Gobekli Tepe.  Round domes, but constant attempts at rectangular beams and columns and hallways.  Look at the ancient American cliff dwellings and st Mohenjo Daro.  Square shapes whenever possible.  Ancient people were sick of curves and rounded hogans and other non-square stuff.  Squares were the epitome of advancement and civilization.  No wonder the first pyramids were step pyramids.
 
2020-08-03 12:25:16 PM  

Ozarkhawk: I remember a book coming out years ago about the height of the pyramids divided by the base coming out to a divider of Pi (3.14....).  The author concluded that space aliens had to be involved, because the Egyptians couldn't possibly have known about an advanced mathematical concept like Pi.

A few years later they discovered a wheel with a notch in the top near the pyramids, used as a measuring unit.  In other words, the pyramids are built on a divisor of Pi because their measuring tool was round.


Pie are round, cornbread are square.
 
2020-08-03 12:27:09 PM  

brainlordmesomorph: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: If you have a lot of time on your hands, SLAVE LABOR with no distractions, you can accomplish some pretty amazing things.

The ancients had a lot of time on their hands SLAVE LABOR.

FTFY


FYI, the pyramids were not built with slave labor.
 
2020-08-03 12:27:25 PM  
Wynn:

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Elon linked to this non-alien article:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/​e​gyptians/pyramid_builders_01.shtml

Definitely sarcasm. The internet got their knickers in a knot over a joke.
 
2020-08-03 12:29:08 PM  

some_beer_drinker: anything is oosible if you oof enough things.


With enough O's, anything is oosible.
 
2020-08-03 12:29:13 PM  

pup.socket: brainlordmesomorph: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: If you have a lot of time on your hands, SLAVE LABOR with no distractions, you can accomplish some pretty amazing things.

The ancients had a lot of time on their hands SLAVE LABOR.

FTFY

FYI, the pyramids were not built with slave labor.


They slaves took care of the fields and most of the needs of the workers. They were probably the ones hauling the blocks from the quary.
 
2020-08-03 12:31:39 PM  

pup.socket: brainlordmesomorph: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: If you have a lot of time on your hands, SLAVE LABOR with no distractions, you can accomplish some pretty amazing things.

The ancients had a lot of time on their hands SLAVE LABOR.

FTFY

FYI, the pyramids were not built with slave labor.


Bullshiat (and the Civil War was about states rights) The Egyptians claim so now. It better for tourism.

Nothing that big happened those times without slaves. Jews built the pyramids under Egyptian whips.
 
2020-08-03 12:33:26 PM  

brainlordmesomorph: pup.socket: brainlordmesomorph: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: If you have a lot of time on your hands, SLAVE LABOR with no distractions, you can accomplish some pretty amazing things.

The ancients had a lot of time on their hands SLAVE LABOR.

FTFY

FYI, the pyramids were not built with slave labor.

Bullshiat (and the Civil War was about states rights) The Egyptians claim so now. It better for tourism.

Nothing that big happened those times without slaves. Jews built the pyramids under Egyptian whips.


Whatever.
 
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