Ah, Elon Musk. Known for being a sufferer of acute foot-in-mouth disease and spending a lot of time on Twitter.
Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s really, really bad and
completely tone deaf.
This week, Musk’s Twitter adventures squarely landed in the
former category. Sharing a meme which reads: “Did you know? Before Isaac
Newton invented gravity in 1869, people could fly”, Musk added his own
commentary saying: Can’t fool me it was 1699.
You can add your own bad pun about the joke landing here.
Yeah, we already went there in the headline. We’re not sorry.
Isaac Newton and theory of gravity involving apples
The story goes something like this – although, it’s a
second-hand account from John Conduitt, one of Newton’s assistants:
In the year 1666 he retired again from Cambridge to his mother in Lincolnshire. Whilst he was pensively meandering in a garden it came into his thought that the power of gravity (which brought an apple from a tree to the ground) was not limited to a certain distance from earth, but that this power must extend much further than was usually thought. Why not as high as the Moon said he to himself & if so, that must influence her motion & perhaps retain her in her orbit, whereupon he fell a calculating what would be the effect of that supposition.
Some have claimed that the whole apple thing was actually a
bit of a myth. Others, like William
Stukeley – who wrote Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton’s Life, described the incident
we went into the garden, & drank thea under the shade of some appletrees, only he, & myself. amidst other discourse, he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. “why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground,” thought he to him self: occasion’d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in a comtemplative mood: “why should it not go sideways, or upwards? but constantly to the earths centre? assuredly, the reason is, that the earth draws it. there must be a drawing power in matter. & the sum of the drawing power in the matter of the earth must be in the earths center, not in any side of the earth. therefore dos this apple fall perpendicularly, or toward the center. if matter thus draws matter; it must be in proportion of its quantity. therefore the apple draws the earth, as well as the earth draws the apple.”
There’s a lot to unpack here. But the wry wit had Twitter in stitches.
Musk hits a Twitter high note with Newton joke
Here are some of the responses.
— Juan C. Reneo (@ReneusMeister) June 15, 2019
— maria laura (@marialauraadr) June 15, 2019
Memes don't lie, Elon. Memes don't lie. 😑
— Doctor Roshan R (@pythoroshan) June 15, 2019
This is why you’re my favorite person on Twitter. You instantly go from serious tweets to this.
— Jordy (@averagegamer713) June 15, 2019