Dear Twitter, Neil Armstrong is still dead

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27 2013 12:15 p.m. MDT

In this July 20, 1969, file photo, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface. Armstrong made headlines again this weekend when Twitter users became confused about his death.

Anonymous, Associated Press

The news that Neil Armstrong died is so last year, but many on Twitter don't seem to know that. Late Monday night people began tweeting “RIP Neil Armstrong” with links to ABC’s 2012 article about the astronaut's death, making the name start trending on Twitter.

According to the Inquisitr, people may have confused tweets marking the one-year anniversary of Armstrong’s death with announcements that he died.

“Whichever high esteem we hold Neil Armstrong for his lofty place in history and epic moonwalk, it seems our own memories are so short that we totally forgot he’s been dead for a year and change,” the article said.

After the initial clarification that Armstrong died Aug. 25, 2012, social media users began tweeting jokes about how his death came as a surprise to some people.

Abby Stevens is a writer for the DeseretNews.com Faith and Family sections. She is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University–Idaho. Contact Abby at astevens@deseretdigital.com.

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