Nineties kids may remember Bill Nye as the bow tie-wearing "science guy," but a new photo of the famous TV scientist has the Internet seeing him in a different light.
The photo, which surfaced earlier this month, shows a weathered-looking Nye smoking a cigarette while walking down an empty road in New Mexico. He basically looks like a nerdy James Dean. National Geographic captured the photo for a feature story on Nye called, "Bill Nye's Global Meltdown," where the scientist explains climate change and how we can turn things around.
Reddit user avemae10 posted the photo on the /r/pics subreddit, noting the humor in seeing our dorky science hero look like a badass. The photo included the caption, "Bill Nye looks like he's dropping the hottest mixtape of 2015."
Naturally, the photo was "remixed" multiple times on the subreddit /r/photoshopbattles. Internet artists proved Nye could be just about any type of action hero:
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It's unclear if Nye has caught wind of the meme yet, but he's no stranger to the Internet's idea of "thug life."
Apparently I "be thuglife?" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/X7dQOJJmyt— Bill Nye (@BillNye) October 1, 2015