Give it up for this French physicist who posted a photo of a sausage and had people believing it was a main sequence red dwarf star 🤣
· · Aug 5, 2022 ·

This guy over here taking Spanish dinner meats and making them into celestial objects:

Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us. She was taken by the [James Webb Space Telescope]. This level of detail… A new world is revealed day after day.

Well, that's not Proxima Centauri. That's a piece of chorizo. Spanish chorizo, in case you weren't aware, is a delectable cured meat that is good with crackers, cheese, fruits — it's a wonderful piece of charcuterie.

Still, more than a few people fell for it:

Indeed, the level of detail is astounding! I imagine that a photo of the planet that revolves around (Proxima b if I'm not being stupid) will follow. Revolutionary!

Huge even knowing that the speed of light is 300,000 km/h

Extraordinary and revealing of our insignificant condition. The universe is an absolute mystery. The levitation of the planets has also always fascinated me.

Most people, however, seemed to figure it out pretty quickly:

Flat Earthers are going to develop a new theory. The stars are actually chorizo.

It's a slice of sausage.

Eventually the man himself copped to the ruse:

In view of some comments, I feel compelled to clarify that this tweet showing an alleged snapshot of Proxima Centauri was a form of amusement. Let us learn to be wary of arguments from authority as much as of the spontaneous eloquence of certain images….

Well I thought it was pretty funny though now I'm pretty hungry!

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