Election 2016

Egyptians and Twitter Mock Ben Carson for Dumb Pyramids Theory

Carson's on his own with this one.

Photo Credit: via youtube

Ben Carson’s nightmare comedy tour—aka his presidential campaign—has really been on a roll lately.

There were the stories of Carson being a rageaholic, homicidal neighborhood menace that, oddly, none of his neighbors remember; there was the Incredible Disappearing West Point Full Scholarship. And there was (stop me if you’ve heard this one before) the one about the pyramids being gigantic grain storage silos for the Old Testament’s Joseph. Never mind that the pyramids are solid, the story of Joseph took place 500 years before the pyramids were built and the fact that the Egyptians wrote down the reasons they built the pyramids. Ben Carson still believes his cockamamie theory because crazy is impressively stubborn. Meanwhile, Egyptians have addressed Carson’s remarks, mostly with more eloquent versions of, “Um, whatever, dude.”

“Does he even deserve a response?” asked Mamdouh el-Damaty, a professor of Egyptology and antiquities minister, speaking to the AP. “He doesn’t.”

Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Antiquities Ministry, compared Carson to others who have proposed scientifically debunked, way-out theories about the pyramids. He suggested Carson was positing such kooky ideas to generate PR: "A lot of people are trying to prove that the pyramids weren't built for burials," said Afifi. "Maybe they’re comments used for publicity like that man who's not an archaeologist and says they stored grain, and I don't know what that was based on."

Sure, those who’ve studied the pyramids might disagree with Carson, but what about other Class-A nutters, like Donald Trump?

"The pyramids are solid structures,” Trump said on a visit to Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. “You can’t put grain in the pyramid because they’re solid structures other than a little thing for the pharaohs at the bottom. But the pyramids—as an example, they were not built for grain because these are very strong solid structures and they don’t have beams going across connecting and big hollow spaces underneath. They’re solid. So I don’t quite get that one.”

Well! When The Donald is calling out your logic, it’s time to count your marbles just to get a firm tally of how many you’ve lost.

Twitter also did a pretty great job of skewering Carson’s ridiculous pyramid theory with the hashtag #bencarsonwikipedia:

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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