Étienne Klein, a famous physicist and director of the Commission for Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy of France, experienced a joke of epic proportions, who shared the image of a Spanish sausage and confused it with the star Proxima Centauri, describing the culinary discovery like a shot made by him James Webb Space Telescope.
«Image of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us. It was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. This level of detail… A new world is revealed every day,” he told his more than 91,000 followers on Sunday.
But after a while he came out to clarify that it was all a joke, causing not laughter among his tweeters, rather a wave of rage.
“Well, when it’s cocktail hour, the cognitive bias seems to find a lot to enjoy… Beware of it. According to contemporary cosmology, no object related to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere other than on Earth,” he maintained.
The explanation fell lousy, and he had to make a mea culpa:
“In light of certain comments, I feel compelled to specify that this tweet showing an alleged photo of Proxima Centauri was a joke. Let us learn to distrust the arguments of positions of authority as much as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images».
In an attempt to make amends, he posted an image of the spectacular cartwheel galaxyassuring his followers that this time the photo was genuine.