We lost a true American hero over the weekend as former astronaut and the first man to walk on the moon Neil Armstrong passed away at the age of 82. Most Americans fortunately know who the guy was, but there were some…exceptions.
You’d think that Neil Armstrong would be a hero written about in textbooks in the same vein as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and guys like that, men who transcended everyone else and became icons and institutions in American history based on their accomplishments.
But that didn’t stop some people in New England from confusing Neil with the other Armstrong, Lance, who just got stripped of his seven Tour de France cycling titles. Oh and there’s the other other Armstrong, Louis famous the trumpet player. Some people didn’t even know who Neil Armstrong was.
NBC screwed the story up yet another way, reporting that classic rocker Neil Young had passed away on their website.
Here’s some of the gems we found on Twitter about the passing of Neil Armstrong. Can you spot which ones are joking about it and which ones are serious?
R.I.P to one of the worlds greatest athletes ever, lance Armstrong #livestrong—
Aaron Zackoski (@Zackoski) August 27, 2012
Ben Bacon (@Benny_Bacon) August 27, 2012
Gonna miss neil armstrong, the best ciyclist in the world ❤—
Jason Kent (@jason_kent1) August 27, 2012
RIP Neil Armstrong. Best bike rider ever 😦—
@ _ _ Otis _ _ (@__Otis__) August 25, 2012
After being stripped of all 7 titles, Neil Armstrong dies at age 82.—
Brett Lally (@ImBrettLally) August 26, 2012
RIP Neil Armstrong, you were the nastiest trumpeter in Tour de France history, drugs or not—
Joey LaLiberte (@joey_lala) August 26, 2012
so I guess Neil Armstrong died? Wtf who was he? LOL I don't even know—
☮Justice ahearn☮ ™ (@AhearnJustice) August 27, 2012
BONUS: Here’s five people with a perfect suggestion for what to do with Neil Armstrong’s remains. Burying him on the moon seems like the only fitting way to honor him.
If Armstrong's family asks that he be buried on the moon, NASA should pony up and honor the request. #REALAmericanhero—
Andrew E Thompson (@Godwentwhoops) August 26, 2012
Neil armstrong should be buried on the moon—
Billy Mullen (@Billy2147) August 27, 2012
Neil Armstrong should be buried on the moon—
Matt Edwards (@MSEdwards30) August 26, 2012
they should bury Neil Armstrong on the moon—
MICHAEL STARK (@MWADSS) August 27, 2012
Neil Armstrong should be buried on the moon #onlyfair—
Aidan Foo (@AidanFoo) August 27, 2012
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