Egypt Invites Musk after 'Aliens Built Pyramids' Tweet

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Egypt has invited Elon Musk to visit its famed pyramids after the SpaceX and Tesla founder posted a satirical tweet stating that clearly extra-terrestrials had built the giant monuments.

"Aliens built the pyramids obv," Musk had tweeted, picking up on a theme popular with conspiracy theorists and kicking off a predictable flood of replies ranging from light-hearted to furious.

Among the avalanche of one-liners, memes and potshots were some angry messages from nationalistic Egyptians who demanded the eccentric engineer and high-tech billionaire better check his facts.

Egyptian International Cooperation Minister Rania al-Mashat, a savvy social media user, however, saw a marketing opportunity to help revive the country's pandemic-battered tourism sector.

"I follow your work with a lot of admiration," wrote Mashat, a former tourism minister. "I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders.

"Mr. Musk, we are waiting for you," she added, inviting the entrepreneur to come and see for himself one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Egypt's enormous tombs built for pharaohs and their consorts.

Musk followed up by posting a link to a BBC article about the history of the giant structures, calling it "a sensible summary" of how they were constructed.

The most famous and largest of Egypt's ancient monuments, the Giza Pyramids outside Cairo, reopened to the public last month after a three-month closure forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt's tourism sector suffered a decade of turmoil after the 2011 Arab Spring protests and overthrow of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak, with militant attacks and political instability keeping many tourists away.

The tourism sector, which accounts for a fifth of the country's GDP and employs some three million people, had recovered to draw record visitors, around 13.6 million last year, when the COVID-19 crisis struck.

Comments 3
Thumb whyaskwhy 04 August 2020, 20:31

Seeing what egyptians of today are capable of from an Engineering and Construction point of view I agree with Mr. Musk. Also remember that the Pharoes of 3,000 years ago are not related to the Egyptians of today. No way in hell could todays Egyptians duplicate 10% of what the Pharoes did htousands of years ago. The only things todays egyptians can do is smoke a lot more weed....

Thumb Geralt 05 August 2020, 17:29

lol...

The Egypt of the Pharos has nothing to do with the one of today.

That's what happens when the West moves on and we stay back holding to our ancient pride!

Missing awireless 06 August 2020, 01:55

Slavery built the pyramids and Slavery built what is known as modern American. Those people suffered greatly for others pleasure and way of life. So, yes. If you have them the choice only machines would have been able to build such as thing.