54 years ago today, Neil deGrasse Tyson was born. If for some reason you don’t know who Neil deGrasse Tyson is, here are a few facts about him. He is an astrophysicist. He is the director of the Hayden Planetarium. He is a frequent guest on shows like “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show.” He rocks a sweet mustache. In short, he is better than all of us.
It’s not often that someone can make science look cool as cool as Neil deGrasse Tyson does. Sure, there is Bill Nye The Science Guy, who does a great job of defending science when it comes under attack from politicians or other idiots. But you lose some coolness points when you go on “Dancing With The Stars.” Actually, if you get to dance with someone this hot, maybe you gain a few points.
Although Neil deGrasse Tyson hasn’t danced the cha-cha on national television, he’s still pretty badass. Since he’s an astrophysicist, he’s obviously smart; but he’s also funny and charming. Usually people who are smart enough to try to unlock the mysteries of the universe don’t have those qualities. Despite their massive intelligence, they have a lot of trouble socializing or speaking to people on our normal, stupid level.
Not only is Neil deGrasse Tyson funny and charming, he’s also intimidating. We don’t know if he’s ever actually beaten someone up, but we wouldn’t doubt it. If you’ve ever seen him in a debate over an issue like global warming or evolution, you can easily see that he’s not the kind of person who is going to back down. He easily destroys his opponents with a deadly combination of brains and wit that are impossible to defend against. He’s also got science, logic and facts on his side, which are never bad things to have when you’re in a debate.
We’re not smart enough to fully explain most of the points Neil deGrasse Tyson has made with his eloquence and grace. Thankfully, the internet has magically provided us with a bunch of memes to summarize his extensive knowledge.