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Chelsea Handler reveals she thought the sun and the moon were the same thing until age 40

Chelsea Handler reveals she thought the sun and the moon were the same thing until age 40

The comedian says she was absolutely schooled by her sister, Simone Handler-Hutchinson.

Chelsea Handler has hilariously admitted she thought the sun and the moon were the same thing until she was 40.

It turns out common knowledge is not that common.

During her recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the comedian revealed that she made the realisation while on a safari during a trip to Africa with her sister, Simone Handler-Hutchinson.

She told the talk-show host: “My older sister Simone looked up at the sky and she said, ‘Chelsea, Chelsea look up. It’s not often that you get to see the sun and the moon at the same time'.”

To which Chelsea responded: “‘Wait, but they’re always together’ and as soon as I said that, she turned around. She goes ‘What did you say?’ And I was like, ‘Oh shut up, shut up'. I knew what I said was wrong."

However, Simone wasn’t willing to let her younger sister off the hook that easily, even as the comedian tried to ‘gloss’ over it.

"She said, ‘No, I need you to tell me what you think is happening between the sun and the moon'," the former talk-show host said.

“I was like, ‘Honestly, I just assumed when the sun went down, it popped back up as the moon',” Handler added.

“I’m like, 'Is that not what’s happening?’”

While Chelsea is a New York Times best-selling author, a writer, a producer and a podcaster, it’s surprising to know that even she thought the celestial objects had a mere, as Fallon put it, ‘costume change’.


Her appearance has been viewed over 30 million times, with many howling over the 47-year-old’s candidness.

One person commented: “OMG -- the way she describes her interactions with her siblings is EXACTLY why sib relations are so.....all the things.”

Another said: “I don't know how they moved on from ‘The sun and moon are the same thing’, so fast. If I were conducting that interview, you might as well tell the other guests they need to reschedule.”

A third shared: “Chelsea may be a remedial astronomy student, but she is also funny, brilliant, and fearless.”

While another wrote: “Ha ha! I had a friend who was 50 who told me the moon was WAY BIGGER than earth. He was adamant. We’re not in contact anymore but I worry about him sometimes..”

Ah, in the words of the great Albert Einstein: “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”

Featured Image Credit: ROGER WONG/ Peter Barritt / Alamy Stock Photo

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