In a strange fracas that unfolded over the weekend, Elon Musk irked officials in Egypt when he suggested that extraterrestrials constructed the country's iconic pyramids. The weirdness reportedly began on Friday when the mercurial SpaceX founder Tweeted that it was obvious that "aliens built the pyramids." Musk's strange musings caught fire online as over a half-million people liked the conspiratorial tweet and tens-of-thousands of people on social media shared the extraterrestrial declaration.
As one can imagine, the Tesla CEO's comments did not sit well with officials in Egypt, who have undoubtedly heard the theory countless times and insist that there is no scientific basis for such a claim. To that end, the country's Minister of International Cooperation, Rania al-Mashat, wrote that while she admires Musk's work, she encouraged him to "explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders."
More on this story, including Musk's response to the furor over his tweet, at the Coast to Coast AM website.