Neil deGrasse Tyson just got the Neil deGrasse Tyson treatment of being smugly fact-checked on Twitter.

Neil deGrasse Tyson just got the Neil deGrasse Tyson treatment of being smugly fact-checked on Twitter.
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Notorious fact-checker and space enthusiast Neil deGrasse Tyson has received a torrent of blowback following a tweet. Tyson called into doubt the existence of any species for which sexual intercourse is painful.

Cue Twitter outrage. A legion of science writers pulled no punches in correcting Tyson's tweet and making sure he felt bad about it.

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Wired even responded with an article listing several animal species whose horrifying sex lives are anything but Marvin Gaye records or a session of sensual grape-feeding (even humans made the list).

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Just read their traumatic description of anglerfish mating.

Anglerfish males fuse their faces to females’ bodies and they live the rest of their lives like that, stuck together while they release sperm and eggs at the same time.

Whoa. Sorry, Neil. That does not sound like pleasure (by most people's standards, at least).

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