“RIP Michael Phelps” Trended on Twitter, Despite the Fact That He’s Alive

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via Huffington Post
via Huffington Post

Twitter users. They’re so technologically savvy, and yet easily confused. Fred Phelps, head of the absolutely gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church, died Wednesday at the age of 84. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time and no relation to Fred, still lives. But try explaining that to Twitter.

When news of Fred Phelps’s death hit, Twitter users went off with eulogies for Michael Phelps — or sometimes “Michael Phelps’s dad” — to the point that “RIP Michael Phelps” was trending for a minute there. Some of the tweets were obviously intended to be funny. But others seemed much more earnest.

Here’s a sampling. As of 9:38 p.m. Thursday, it seems not everyone has got it straight yet.

 

 

 

 

 



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