Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican (of course) from the 36th district of Texas (OF COURSE), wants you to know that he appreciates our planet. Especially the way it painlessly and plentifully provides an inexhaustible source of harmless fuel.

[tweet http://twitter.com/SteveStockmanTX/status/314791823992311808%5D

Responses have ranged from the earnest:

[tweet http://twitter.com/turnageb/status/314800488530997249%5D

[tweet http://twitter.com/GaryRidesBikes/status/314814496394858496%5D

To the hilarious:

[tweet https://twitter.com/MikeBoard1200/status/314804333394944001%5D

[tweet https://twitter.com/bmaz/status/314801923603697664%5D

It is no coincidence that the best responses both have “shit” in them, since Stockman’s tweet was full of it.

Because Twitter is like a living organism that works to absorb and metabolize bullshit, this gave rise to the hashtag #thebestthingabouttheearth:

[tweet https://twitter.com/drgrist/status/314804814783606784]

[tweet https://twitter.com/grouchywoman/status/314820985398362112]

[tweet https://twitter.com/jerrydbuerger/status/314807699323887616]

I’m gonna go with “it’s where I keep all my stuff.”

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