This Twitter exchange about space between NFL players will really make you think


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We may be in the middle of summer but that doesn’t mean the NFL can’t find ways to dominate headlines as two backup quarterbacks did on Wednesday with a discussion about space. 

It began when Jacoby Brissett of the Indianapolis Colts dropped this head-scratcher of a tweet on Wednesday morning.

Now, a quick Google of this question would lead you to this story from Quartz in which no less an expert than Bill Nye is cited, walking us through all of the science to explain this. (TL;DR, among other reasons, space has little matter to retain the sun’s heat while Earth’s atmosphere has plenty of matter for that purpose.)

But Brissett opened up the question to the internet and while genuine souls tried to explain it to him in good faith, others just had fun.

Luckily for Brissett, fellow NFL QB Josh Dobbs was here to cut through all of the responses and give him that TL;DR answer.

Seems straightforward enough.

Oh, but our adventure is just beginning. Because this is the part where Brissett really blows our minds. 

The vacuum that Brissett is talking about is, of course, a different concept than the one Dobbs is talking about and that’s where Brissett lost, well, everyone.

Even Dobbs had trouble following Brissett down this road. 

Now, this is not to shame Brissett because, after all, he seems to genuinely want to know and learn, and that’s great! And bonus points for not being one of a group of professional athletes who have questioned whether or not Earth is actually flat. 

But here’s hoping Brissett finds the answers he’s looking for and learns a bit more about the cosmos. 

[h/t: Deadspin]




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