Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Some People Think The Martian Is Based On A True Story

martian.jpg

When it comes to the general public's ignorance of space exploration, there are two drastic poles.

On one side, there are people who still think the Moon landings were faked, that NASA is all a big conspiracy and that aliens lurk behind every cloud

Swing to the opposite end of the spectrum and you have people like Lauren Hart, who think The Martian - a sci-fi story about a man left behind on a mission to Mars - is based on real events...

We commend Lauren for her honesty: she could have shied away from her moment of ignorance, putting the nasty business behind her. Instead, she sought out internet lols. 

But it seems Lauren isn't alone. In fact, she belongs to a worryingly large section of society* (*that tweet) who apparently don't know if humanity has set foot on Mars. 

Two things could be happening here.

The first is that people are enjoying spreading the joke of "My mate is so thick he thought The Martian was real, lolz, wot?" - a joke that's only funny once.

The other, more concerning conclusion, is that people really do only use the internet to look at cat videos, and have never bothered to poke around on Wikipedia or NASA.org for more than five minutes.

For the record: The Martian is a book by Andy Weir, recently adapted by Ridley Scott for film. It stars Matt Damon, it's really good, and it's entirely made up. They don't even have any water up there

Also - Titanic is based on historical events, as is Apollo 13Avatar isn't. Nor are any of the Alien series.

Glad we could help.

[Via: Buzzfeed]

Related

wanderlust1.jpg

This Supercut of Movie Travel Scenes will give you Wanderlust

3.jpg

Tom Hiddleston: one cool cat

mars2.jpg

Ridley Scott Knew There Was Water On Mars

harry1.jpg

Harry Kane's Response to a 6-Year-Old Asking For a Kickabout is Great

chrisevans1.jpg

Chris Evans May Go Solo on Top Gear

sherlock2.jpg

Mysteries Abound In The New Sherlock Victorian Special Trailer

Comments

More

Netflix picks up Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

Production is scheduled to begin next year

22 Feb 2017

'Star Wars' release the first cast photo from the Han Solo spin-off

You can't have too much Chewie

22 Feb 2017

Guillermo Del Toro ends the speculation about Hellboy 3

Big Red fans, it's not good news

21 Feb 2017

The ShortList Alternative Oscars

The only awards that really matter

by Gary Ogden
20 Feb 2017

Is Love Actually actually shit or brilliant?

Two writers argue their case for the divisive 2003 rom-com

16 Feb 2017

The totally excellent 19 facts you never knew about Wayne’s World

No way? Way.

by Keyan Milanian
16 Feb 2017

Details of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer 'leaked'

If it's true, Star Wars fans are in for a treat

14 Feb 2017

The best dressed men from the 2017 EE BAFTAs

As sartorially sharp as Stephen Fry's wit

13 Feb 2017

Ken Loach delivered a rousing anti Tory speech at the BAFTAs

The veteran filmmaker criticised the “callous brutality” of Theresa May's government

by Joe Ellison
13 Feb 2017

The 7 best titles new to UK Netflix this week

Get these on your tellybox

10 Feb 2017