NEW YORK -- Dr. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, who is currently leading national polls in the Republican primary race, this week defended a theory he proposed in 1998 -- that the Egyptian pyramids were grain silos for Joseph… from the Bible.
Standing in contrast to hundreds of year’s scientific inquiry, Carson gave a commencement speech at Andrew University in which he announced the pyramids were not elaborate tombs for dead pharaohs, instead providing storage space for the ancients.
"My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said in the speech. "Now, all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big -- when you stop and think about it, and I don't think it'd just disappear over the course of time -- to store that much grain."
Does Carson’s breakthrough hold water? Not according to modern experts, though the theory was once popular among ancient historians. Regardless, Twitter has spent the past few days celebrating the theory with the hashtag #bencarsonwikipedia, a collection offbeat notions about the ancient world and beyond. Here are some of the best:
Stonehenge was a set of dominoes for dinosaurs before God made them extinct for supporting gay marriage. #bencarsonwikipedia— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) November 6, 2015
If the dinosaurs had guns, the mass extinction would have never happened. #bencarsonwikipedia— Robert Quam (@HowardQuam) November 7, 2015
Maybe the environment wouldn't be dying if it had guns #bencarsonwikipedia— Jesse Stokes (@Jelest_94) November 6, 2015
The Great Wall of China was originally created as an aquarium for giant eels #bencarsonwikipedia— Brian Fitzpatrick (@therealfitz) November 5, 2015
Stonehenge is a game of Jenga abandoned by giants. #bencarsonwikipedia— Bimmerella (@bimmerella) November 6, 2015
Some respected scientists believe that aliens built Mount Everest to get closer to heaven. #bencarsonwikipedia— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) November 5, 2015
Global warming is just Jesus wrapping us in his warm embrace. #bencarsonwikipedia— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) November 5, 2015
The Washington Monument? Really big sundial. Also, grain storage. #bencarsonwikipedia— J.C.Burns (@jcburns) November 5, 2015
Kangaroos were the first to sink during the great flood because they have pouches that filled up with water. #bencarsonwikipedia— Mark Bradford (@markjbradford) November 5, 2015
Gregorian monks "sing" by rubbing their legs together. #bencarsonwikipedia— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 6, 2015
A pony must eat 57 apples before it becomes a horse. #bencarsonwikipedia— Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) November 5, 2015
#bencarsonwikipedia is the best hashtag of all times.— Cliff Clavin (@Cliff_Clavin_) November 5, 2015