Neil Armstrong died a year ago. But Twitter thinks it happened today.
Also, that's just bad syntax, dude.
RIP Neil Armstrong. You were the first man to land on the moon, and yet somehow everyone on Twitter seems to have already completely forgotten everything we know about your life. For example, they forgot that you died last August. Yes, we're all stressed out by the images of Miley Cyrus humping a giant teddy bear leg, but there is no excuse for forgetting the newsworthy death of an American hero.
Here's what happened. When some people tweeted RIP messages in honor of the one year anniversary of your passing, they included a link to this article from ABC:
RIP editor of ABC News' mobile version.
The mobile version of the article has today's timestamp. And that was sort of confusing for everyone else, since the only information we can trust anymore is the information we see on a usually reliable website. If ABC News started reporting that America was originally a leper colony, we would think to ourselves, "huh, guess they don't teach you that in school!" before permanently digesting that information as true. So when people saw "Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dies," they naturally thought he died today. Which led to a whole lot of this:
Old enough not to be fooled by a Twitter trend.
Some inspiring messages about the impact Neil had on us all:
Well, the moon anyway.
And of course some of this:
Maybe Miley was trying to do the moon walk?
[Insert obligatory joke about how Neil Armstrong's death was faked on a soundstage.] If some good comes of this confusion, it's that we all take another few minutes to briefly be obsessed with the life of someone truly worthy of our admiration. Before another reality star goes to prison.
(by Shira Rachel Danan)