NASA: We Didn’t Change Your Zodiac Sign, Astrology Isn’t Real

Sep 24, 2016

By James Grebey

There are actually 13 astrological signs instead of 12, meaning that 86 percent of all people were actually born under a different sign. This is old news, but Capricorns, Sagittarii, and everyone in between flipped out last week and incorrectly blamed NASA. However, the space agency would like everyone to know that they didn’t. Actually. Change. Anything.

NASA’s reasoning? Astrology isn’t even real in the first place, so chill out, you superstitious dolts.

“Did you recently hear that NASA changed the zodiac signs? Nope, we definitely didn’t,” the agency posted Tuesday on its Tumblr, which feels like the appropriate medium.

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15 comments on “NASA: We Didn’t Change Your Zodiac Sign, Astrology Isn’t Real

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    Pinball1970 says:

    You would have to say harmless (mostly harmless…) fun with this sort of thing.

    As long as the guys who push it are ok with the ridicule that is thrown at it.

    RD treatment of it in the “Enemies of reason” program is very good (water diviners spiritualists and homeopathy get the full treatment too)

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  • Neodarwinian #4
    Sep 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm


    So your sign is Felidae and you belong in the barn!!

    You seems to have been misinformed by some cat-herding red-neck farmers whose cats do not have them under proper control! 🙂

    Cats belong by the fireside, the radiator, on a lap, in the best chair, or in a sunny corner of the garden!

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  • @Alan4discussion

    So sorry, but under-socialized cats do not even have themselves under control so vermin control is there only function and that function is best done in the barn.

    Cats belong by the fireside, the radiator, on a lap, in the best chair, or in a sunny corner of the garden!

    Insert dog into the place cat is in the above sentence and it will be correct then!

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  • Pinball1970 #5
    Sep 25, 2016 at 6:42 am

    You would have to say harmless (mostly harmless…) fun with this sort of thing.

    Unfortunately, when its deluded adherents achieve positions of power, they create damaging expensive mischief!

    Astrology could help take pressure off NHS doctors, claims Conservative MP
    David Tredinnick said astrology, along with complementary medicine, could take pressure off NHS doctors, but acknowledged that any attempt to spend taxpayers’ money on consulting the stars would cause “a huge row”.

    He criticised the BBC and TV scientist Professor Brian Cox for taking a “dismissive” approach to astrology, and accused opponents of being “racially prejudiced”.

    The MP for Bosworth, in Leicestershire, who is a Capricorn and in 2010 paid back £755 he had claimed in expenses for software that used astrology to diagnose medical conditions, told Astrological Journal: “I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors.

    “And, yes, I have helped fellow MPs. I do foresee that one day astrology will have a role to play in healthcare.”

    Mr Tredinnick, 65, added: “Astrology offers self-understanding to people. People who oppose what I say are usually bullies who have never studied astrology.

    “Astrology was until modern times part of the tradition of medicine … People such as Professor Brian Cox, who called astrology ‘rubbish’, have simply not studied the subject.

    “The BBC is quite dismissive of astrology and seeks to promote the science perspective and seems always keen to broadcast criticisms of astrology.”

    Opposition to astrology is driven by “superstition, ignorance and prejudice”, he said. “It tends to be based on superstition, with scientists reacting emotionally, which is always a great irony.

    “They are also ignorant, because they never study the subject and just say that it is all to do with what appears in the newspapers, which it is not, and they are deeply prejudiced, and racially prejudiced, which is troubling.”

    The author of this psychological projection of his own ignorance and bigotry, comes from the deluded science denier and promoter of quackery, MP for Bosworth, – a member of the Parliamentary Health Committee!!!!!!

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  • Pinball1970 #13
    Oct 18, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    @Alan – This is guys is an MP???- holy crap

    @#12 – He [Tredinnick] and numerous astrologers criticised the BBC and TV scientist Professor Brian Cox for taking a “dismissive” approach to astrology,

    The delusional and comical nature of astrologers thinking is illustrated by this attack on Brian Cox, who some outside of the UK, may not know is a professor of physics who has presented several series of top rated TV programmes on astronomy (“Wonders of the Solar System”, and “Stargazing Live”) on BBC National television!

    Some folks, though, have a different opinion. Brian, like me, is an outspoken skeptic, and will brook no nonsense. In one episode of the show, he said, “…astrology is a load of rubbish.”

    This is, of course, completely accurate. Astrology has no mechanism, no predictability, and no physical way of working. When tested even using its own standards it fails miserably.

    Astrology doesn’t work, and anyone telling you otherwise is selling something.

    Just as obviously, those people who are selling something have taken umbrage at Brian’s impolitic uttering of truth. They have started a Facebook page where they can get together and reinforce their silliness, make fun of Brian, and grossly misrepresent science. My favorite bit is this, in the page description: – (see link)

    Yes. Brian, a PhD physicist with decades of training in the scientific method, research, analysis, logic, and critical thinking, who has written a book on relativity and works at CERN on the Large Hadron Collider, is not qualified to speak on astrology. Heh.

    The astrologers also made a formal complaint about the comment made on “Stargazing Live”, by Brian Cox and co-presenter Dara O’ Briain to each other! It was – “Astrology is bunk” – Response- “In the interests of balance I have to say astrology is bunk!”

    Like most pseudo-scientists, not only were the astrologers trying to challenge the highly qualified presenters of a science programme (which featured, world leading astronomers, astronauts and cosmologists), with rhetoric and asserted drivel but they were inviting open ridicule in addition to the simple dismissal offered on air!

    More in the next post!

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  • In addition to the evidenced and reasoned arguments produced in response to the astrologers challenge, those who are at all sensitive to mockery should really have thought objectively and deeply (not a feature of the superstitious), before throwing down a challenge in front of Dara O’Briain!

    As well as co-hosting “Stargazing Live”, Dara (who has a physics degree), also hosts a TV series called “Science Club”, but he is best known as a professional comedian for his hosting of “MOCK THE WEEK”.

    MOCK the WEEK is a nationally broadcast, weekly, TV satirical panel game, where two teams of comedians compete with each other, to present the funniest satirical mockery of politicians, royalty, celebrities, and establishment figures!
    This is not a programme where the easily offended would wish to feature unless they relish martyrdom!

    Mock The Week is BBC Two’s fast paced, irreverent and hugely popular topical panel show.

    With his planet-sized brain, Irish comedian Dara O Briain has hosted over 150 episodes which regularly attract weekly audiences of some 3 million viewers across its BBC Two broadcasts and on BBC iPlayer. Mock The Week is also a favourite on Dave, where it was recently the channel’s most watched programme (Broadcast, 29.4.16).

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