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Science Guy OKs Student Tweets of His Famed Fall

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Bill Nye, host of the Emmy-winning 1990s television show "Bill Nye the Science Guy," collapsed Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 during a California speech, then got up and continued his presentation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Remember when Bill Nye, aka "The Science Guy," collapsed during a USC talk last month? He remembers it too and is thanking everyone who helped him through that rather awkward moment, according to the Studio City Patch.He's also thanking the students that didn't help him out...at least not at first. At the time of his collapse, several students in the audience tweeted about it instead of rushing to help out. Many wondered how the usually easy-going Science Guy would eventually respond to onlookers who chose to gawk instead of give aid in his very public moment of need.

He's pretty chill about the whole thing and understands their initial reaction because his act is often funny. He suspects several Tweeters thought the fall was simply part of his speech and tweeted while waiting for him to continue, "as is their wont."

Once audience-members realized it wasn't a planned prank, Nye felt the student organizers came to his aid and provided "very appropriate and thoughtful assistance."

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His biggest takeaways from his public tumble: falling facedown on a stage makes it seem like the audience is flying sideways and it's incredibly odd when 1200 strangers rush toward you when you're feeling ill.