Gotta love our modern culture. If no one has talked to you today about something involving NASA and a certain Mohawk guy, where have you been?
Bobak Ferdowsi, a 2003 MIT grad that until yesterday was known at most by 200 of his closest friends and family, is today the fastest trending person in the world, generating more attention than the Olympics.
Viewers can not seem to get enough of him, his cool Mohawk, and well, his handsome look.
There are 1,700,000 links that mention the unlikely connection between NASA and Mohawk. And we have a ton of articles mentioning facts about him, including (sadly for his new found millions of female fans), the presence of a girlfriend.
For a guy used to studying space, Bobak's own response seems quite, well, grounded:
Internet, you win this round. I'll be back later, but thanks so much. Now going to celebrate with all my friends and team! #msl
Don't mock all the attention. Serious sources are wondering whether this attention on a person, a real live human being, might not very well end up saving NASA at a time of budget cuts. Yes, the irony of a person-less rover mission in MARS being overshadowed by a human does not escape us.
And for a bit of fun.... and to justify writing about this in a religion blog:
For those of you who are wondering, yes, the Mohawk stud on NASA everybody is tweeting about is [probably] Iranian. At least Iranian.com has already claimed him as Iranian of the Day. Thanks for asking.
Now I am really wondering about this NASA Mohawk hottie guy, Bobak Ferdowsi, really being an Iranian. I mean, usually we Iranians have no hair on the top of our head. This guy has no hair on the sides of his head.
[“Thank you, thank you very much. Don’t forget to tip your waitress.”]
His last name refers to the legendary Persian poet, Ferdowsi (died around 1020 CE), who wrote the classic Persian epic, the Shah-nameh. The Shah-nameh, or the Book of Kings, is something akin to the masterpieces of Homer, and the body of literature that most clearly identifies an Iranian sense of national identity.
Someone tell Michele Bachmann. It seems like not only are Muslims infiltrating the White House, they have also infiltrated NASA.
images are from Buzzfeed and all over the web.