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Elon Musk tweets that aliens built Egypt's pyramids

The conspiracy theory that aliens built the marvels is unfortunately common.

Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk tweeted the unsupported theory that the pyramids in Egypt were built by aliens today.

“Aliens built the pyramids obv,” the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said in a tweet today.

The pyramids, built in Egypt more than 4,000 years ago, are some of humanity’s most astounding architectural achievements. They were built as tombs for the pharaohs who ruled ancient Egypt. Among the most recognized of the towering structures is the Great Pyramid of Giza, a short distance from the Great Sphinx, outside Cairo. Musk tweeted about Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II in a follow-up tweet, showing he was referencing the pyramids of Egypt and not others around the world.

The technological expertise required to build the Egyptian pyramids has long confounded people, considering they were constructed long before modern technology. The millions of stones in Egypt’s pyramids would be hard to move today with cranes, they are in better condition than some newer pyramids and scientists are not sure how exactly they were built. All of this uncertainty fuels the alien conspiracy theory.

Musk supported his argument with similar thinking, writing, “The Great Pyramid was the tallest structure made by humans for 3800 years. Three thousand, eight hundred years,” in a later tweet.

Both Arabic-language and Egyptian media outlets covered Musk’s tweet, with Egypt's Akhbarek calling it a “big controversy.” The news elicited various reactions on Arabic social media.

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