Leave it to the internet to stir up celebrity news — whether it’s true or not. Last Man Standing star Tim Allen became a trending topic on July 30 leaving fans frantically searching for a reason why. Here’s what we know.
Did Tim Allen die?
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Reason is the capacity of consciously making sense of things, applying logic, and adapting or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information. It is closely associated with such characteristically human activities as philosophy, science, language, mathematics, and art, and is normally considered to be a distinguishing ability possessed by humans. Reason is sometimes referred to as rationality.Reasoning is associated with thinking, cognition, and intellect. The field of logic studies ways in which humans reason formally through argument. Reasoning may be subdivided into forms of logical reasoning, such as: deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and abductive reasoning. Aristotle drew a distinction between logical discursive reasoning (reason proper), and intuitive reasoning, in which the reasoning process through intuition—however valid—may tend toward the personal and the subjectively opaque. In some social and political settings logical and intuitive modes of reasoning may clash, while in other contexts intuition and formal reason are seen as complementary rather than adversarial. For example, in mathematics, intuition is often necessary for the creative processes involved with arriving at a formal proof, arguably the most difficult of formal reasoning tasks.
Reasoning, like habit or intuition, is one of the ways by which thinking moves from one idea to a related idea. For example, reasoning is the means by which rational individuals understand sensory information from their environments, or conceptualize abstract dichotomies such as cause and effect, truth and falsehood, or ideas regarding notions of good or evil. Reasoning, as a part of executive decision making, is also closely identified with the ability to self-consciously change, in terms of goals, beliefs, attitudes, traditions, and institutions, and therefore with the capacity for freedom and self-determination.In contrast to the use of “reason” as an abstract noun, a reason is a consideration given which either explains or justifies events, phenomena, or behavior. Reasons justify decisions, reasons support explanations of natural phenomena; reasons can be given to explain the actions (conduct) of individuals.
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The Real Reason Tim Allen Is Trending on Twitter
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In the early morning hours of July 30, Toy Story voice actor Tim Allen became a trending topic on Twitter. When a celebrity trends on the platform, it can mean one of a few things: a relationship has ended or began, a baby is on the way, or they’ve died.
For The Last Man Standing actor, many fans chimed in, assuming he died. Allen isn’t the first or the last Hollywood star to become victim to a death hoax. It happens to 98-year-old Betty White every few months.
The Real Reason Tim Allen Is Trending on Twitter
Still, no statement about the actor’s alleged death has been released. Based on all accounts that say otherwise, he’s very much alive and well. He posted a TikTok video to his Twitter account on July 29 to prove as much.
Allen’s previous arrest resurfaced
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When a name trends, some use the opportunity to dig up old dirt. Such is the case with Allen who, in 1978, Allen became a part of a drug trafficking scheme in Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport.
Allen was arrested for possession of more than 650 grams of cocaine, according to CBS News. “Tim the Tool Man Taylor,” pleases guilty and offered up names of other dealers in exchange for a shorter sentence.
Likewise, Allen was released on parole in 1981 after serving more than two years in the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minnesota.
Needless to say, some reposted Allen’s mugshot to keep his name in the trending topics with no new information to add.
Why is Allen a trending topic?
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In May, TV Line reported that The Last Man Standing was renewed by Fox for a ninth season. The show is slated for a 2021 return, following a pandemic production protocol.
“The Resident and Last Man Standing are such important parts of Fox, and we’re so pleased they will be returning next season,” Fox entertainment president Michael Thorn said in a statement. “We want to thank all of the writers, actors, directors, producers and talented crews for both of these shows, and, of course, our friends and producing partners at 20th Century Fox Television.”
However, this also isn’t new information which doesn’t explain why Allen is trending — except that it’s cyclical.
Like much of the internet world, Allen seems to be trending because he’s trending. In other words, no one knew why “Tim Allen” became a trending topic but tweeted asking why he was a trending topic. Therefore, he continued trending.
“I saw Tim Allen was trending and clicked on it to see why- only to discover that the majority of the tweets were asking why Tim Allen is trending. So basically Tim Allen is trending because Tim Allen is trending. And that’s Twitter in a nutshell,” one fan tweeted.
“Get on Twitter. See Tim Allen trending. Check tweets. It’s only tweets asking why Tim Allen is trending. I believe the simulation is broken and Twitter is actually cannibalizing itself as we speak,” another posted.
Some made a running joke of the star, posting a “RIP” tweet but using another celebrity or high-profile headshot to further prove you can’t always believe what you read. Regardless, Allen is alive and might even join in on the fun at some point.