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Neil DeGrasse Tyson: I fell over while taking off my pants

Commentary: On Twitter, the astrophysicist admits he didn't intend this information to go out to all.

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A public indiscretion?

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No one has a perfect Twitter record. Not even the president.

Sometimes you post words you wish you could take back. Sometimes, you reply to a Direct Message and realize you actually posted your reply to everyone.

Even astrophysicists can struggle.

On Wednesday, Neil DeGrasse Tyson suddenly tweeted these fascinating words: "No. I have pretty good balance for my body size. But I have fallen over while attempting to quickly take off my pants."

Every one of his followers was surely moved to wonder: "What was the question?"

Have you ever fallen over after ten pints of beer and an astrophysics conference chaser? Are you disappointed you never became a ballet dancer and had to slum it as a scientist? Were you too scared to try the balance beam, in the hope of qualifying for the Olympics?

Fortunately, Tyson soon realized that the world might be speculating.

"Didn't intend to send that last tweet to all. Was responding to someone asking if I'd ever fallen trying to remove my T-shirt," he tweeted.

Which still leaves hanging questions such as: "Why would someone ask this?" And, indeed: "Who on earth would ask this?"

Tyson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, on Tuesday, he did emit this tweet, which seems somehow oddly pertinent: "Sometimes I wonder whether we are not smart enough to realize how simple our Brains actually are."

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