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.

Why is everyone happy Michael Phelps father died?

— Brent (@Brentweets) March 20, 2014

My thoughts & prayers go out to @MichaelPhelps. Sorry for your loss. #RIP

— Jes Farris (@jesfarris) March 20, 2014

RIP Michael Phelps ? #TeamUSA

— Matthew Cole (@Crazy_Cole79) March 20, 2014

Fred Phelps was such an amazing swimmer I can’t believe the world lost such a talented Olympian #RIP #FredPhelps

— Christopher John (@HeyChristopherJ) March 20, 2014

Huh RT @COSeezy: What? Michael phelps passed? RT @mcguins: “RIP Michael Phelps I hope you are swimming with Jesus now” #heartbreaking

— B-Moe (@bmoe_careful) March 20, 2014

RIP Michael Phelps, You’re swimming and ripping bongs with Jesus now ~*~

— Jim Martin (@djdwightpowers) March 20, 2014