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Bill Nye, Death Hoax 2012: 'The Science Guy' Uses Hoax For Fame & To Bring Awareness To Cause

Bill Nye, best known from his children's television show in the 1990s, "Billy Nye The Science Guy," was killed in a balloon accident - a death hoax stated, which is circulated on the web. The news site The Onion "killed" Nye and after the rumors spread to Twitter and many other internet sites, Bye is used his newly-found fame to advocate for a cause he believes in, according to the International Business Times.

By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStars on Sep 25, 2012 12:54 PM EDT
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Bill Nye, best known from his children's television show in the 1990s, "Billy Nye The Science Guy," was killed in a balloon accident - a death hoax which is circulating on the web reported.

The news site The Onion "killed" Nye and after the rumors spread to Twitter and many other internet sites, Bye is used his newly-found fame to advocate for a cause he believes in, according to the International Business Times.

Nye told CBS the notoriety was "fun," and now he has a large enough audience to advocate to about his opposition to the teaching of creationism in schools.

"The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old. It's not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs," Nye said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate."

Nye noted that it doesn't really concern him what adults think about creationism, "but don't make your kids do it. Because we need them."

Big Think posted on Youtube an interview of Nye called "Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children" and by time of publication, it already had over 4 million views.

"Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It's like, it's very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates," he said. "You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place."


Watch his CBS interview here.

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