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TikTok Conspiracy Theorists Say Everyone Should Stare at the Eclipse Without Eye Protection

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#1 Forward Scatter

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 01:11 PM

"People can see just by common sense that the sun is not 93 million miles away," one TikToker said. Posted today on Gizmodo.  I thought this was originally an April Fools joke, but it looks like it's for real. Where do these folks come from?

 

Other gems include:

“If they’re telling us to not look at the eclipse, it’s prolly good for us to LOOK AT THE ECLIPSE,” one X user wrote on Wednesday.

 

“I’ve always looked at eclipses plus almost every day I will stare at the sun for about 5 minutes. I’m not blind yet. They lied about that,” another X user chimed in.

 

There are also TikTok creators who have been claiming the eclipse “glasses scam” is just a way for companies to make money selling eyewear. By discouraging people from looking at the sun, they say, “people can see just by common sense that the sun is not 93 million miles away.”

 

Well, if one makes decisions in life based on what they see on TikTok, then they get what they deserve.


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#2 caheaton

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 01:31 PM

I've given up trying to reason with such morons.  They refuse any and all legitimate evidence and choose to believe only what they want to believe...anything to the contrary is a lie and the evidence is fake.  Dr.  Sagan's fears from the "Demon Haunted World" are coming to pass....bawling.gif


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#3 Forward Scatter

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 02:24 PM

I agree. Needless to say, I was not surprised to read about these antics of TikTok influencers. 



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Posted 05 April 2024 - 02:36 PM

I guess these morons also think the only reason the sun is dark at night is because that's when they're changing the bulb.


Edited by jrussell, 05 April 2024 - 02:37 PM.

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#5 Bubbagumps

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 02:52 PM

re: staring at the sun without protection.

 

I tend to think that these types of statements have to be said in jest or they are just trolling.  Nobody is that stupid. Even hardcore conspiracy theorists won't follow that advice.  

 

But as long as they have insurance and the taxpayer doesn't have to foot the medical bills, they can do what they want with their own eyes. They might even get honorable mention at the Darwin Awards website. 


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Posted 05 April 2024 - 02:56 PM

 

Nobody is that stupid.

Yes. They are. Google "schools closed for eclipse 2024" and read some of the rationales being used.


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Posted 05 April 2024 - 04:10 PM

Welcome to the age of idiocracy.


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#8 sbsbbugsy

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 05:27 PM

Give an idiot a soap box and they will gladly jump on it.



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Posted 05 April 2024 - 05:30 PM

re: staring at the sun without protection.

 

I tend to think that these types of statements have to be said in jest or they are just trolling.  Nobody is that stupid. Even hardcore conspiracy theorists won't follow that advice.  

 

But as long as they have insurance and the taxpayer doesn't have to foot the medical bills, they can do what they want with their own eyes. They might even get honorable mention at the Darwin Awards website. 

It's also going to make the Tik-Tokkin' a lot harder when the central retina is fried. One way to get rid of followers I guess.
 



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Posted 05 April 2024 - 05:38 PM

It's also going to make the Tik-Tokkin' a lot harder when the central retina is fried. One way to get rid of followers I guess.
 

We'll know they were serious if we see a lot of people walking around with eyepatches on.



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Posted 05 April 2024 - 06:32 PM

Welcome to the age of idiocracy.

I remember when that movie was just another comedy. I had no idea so many would use it as a how-to life manual. 


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Posted 05 April 2024 - 07:22 PM

I remember when that movie was just another comedy. I had no idea so many would use it as a how-to life manual. 

I think most people didn't see this coming, I sure didn't.


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Posted 06 April 2024 - 05:47 PM

TikTok Science Quote of the day :

 

"All these people complaining about clouds and bad weather ruining their fun. Maybe they should have thought about the weather before scheduling an Eclipse for April ? "


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Posted 06 April 2024 - 06:09 PM

The name TikTok is misleading and suggests mental capacity that just isn't there. It should be called Tik....................................................................................Tok
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Posted 06 April 2024 - 06:29 PM

I remember when that movie was just another comedy. I had no idea so many would use it as a how-to life manual. 

You mean I'm not supposed to water my plants with Gatorade???
 


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Posted 06 April 2024 - 06:40 PM

You mean I'm not supposed to water my plants with Gatorade???
 

Of course you are!  It has what plants crave:  Electrolytes!


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Posted 07 April 2024 - 01:02 PM

TikTok Science Quote of the day :

 

"All these people complaining about clouds and bad weather ruining their fun. Maybe they should have thought about the weather before scheduling an Eclipse for April ? "

As stupid as these people are, some of them are actually just trolling for views/likes. I believe this is one of them.



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Posted 07 April 2024 - 04:00 PM

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” ~ Terry Pratchett

 

Simply substitute the word "empty" for "open" ...



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Posted 07 April 2024 - 07:23 PM

In fairness to the 'Tok, it's not the only place of questionable eclipse-related 'wisdom'. 



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Posted 07 April 2024 - 08:21 PM

In fairness to the 'Tok, it's not the only place of questionable eclipse-related 'wisdom'. 

What the eclipse forecasts for a Virgo - “You might have an opportunity to reduce debt, for example, but you might also really have to pay attention to getting your taxes in order,” 

 

That's profound. Nostrodamus would be jealous. 

 

I guess the next astrological forecast will be, "If you want to lose weight, you should exercise and not eat as much." 





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