Neil deGrasse Tyson is a lot of things:

  • Astrophysicist
  • NYT best-selling author
  • Director of the Hayden Planetarium
  • Columnist
  • NASA and US government consultant
  • TV, radio, web, and podcast host
  • One of Time’s 100 most influential people
  • And he’s even working on a video game.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! The dude almost added “male stripper” to his resume back when he was in grad school:

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In a 2007 profile by the Washington Post, Tyson recalled how it took all of one day to both entertain and reject the idea after hearing about how some of his friends from a student dance troupe he was in…

Hold up!

Tyson was in a student dance troupe?!

Yep. He was also on the rowing and wrestling teams while at University of Texas at Austin.

Back to the story: A lot of the other dudes in that dance troupe were making some decent part time cash at a local strip joint…

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So Tyson went to check it out:

It seemed like a good idea, until I went to watch and they set their jockstraps on fire to the tune of ‘Great Balls of Fire.’…

I thought to myself: math tutor. I should be a math tutor.

I’m kind of bummed that he went the math tutor route. I mean, he’d probably still have become the guy we know today, but there’d be some great pics out there…

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