People Still Believe the Earth is Flat?

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Kpro
10/31/12 8:47:10PM
Members of the Flat Earth Society claim to believe the Earth is flat. Walking around on the planet's surface, it looks and feels flat, so they deem all evidence to the contrary, such as satellite photos of Earth as a sphere, to be fabrications of a "round Earth conspiracy" orchestrated by NASA and other government agencies.

The belief that the Earth is flat has been described as the ultimate conspiracy theory. According to the Flat Earth Society's leadership, its ranks have grown by 200 people (mostly Americans and Britons) per year since 2009. Judging by the exhaustive effort flat-earthers have invested in fleshing out the theory on their website, as well as the staunch defenses of their views they offer in media interviews and on Twitter, it would seem that these people genuinely believe the Earth is flat.

First, a brief tour of the worldview of a flat-earther: While writing off buckets of concrete evidence that Earth is spherical, they readily accept a laundry list of propositions that some would call ludicrous. The leading flat-earther theory holds that Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall wall of ice, around the rim. NASA employees, they say, guard this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc. Earth's day and night cycle is explained by positing that the sun and moon are spheres measuring 32 miles (51 kilometers) that move in circles 3,000 miles (4,828 km) above the plane of the Earth. (Stars, they say, move in a plane 3,100 miles up.) Like spotlights, these celestial spheres illuminate different portions of the planet in a 24-hour cycle. Flat-earthers believe there must also be an invisible "antimoon" that obscures the moon during lunar eclipses.

Furthermore, Earth's gravity is an illusion, they say. Objects do not accelerate downward; instead, the disc of Earth accelerates upward at 32 feet per second squared (9.8 meters per second squared), driven up by a mysterious force called dark energy. Flat-earthers believe photos of the globe are photoshopped; GPS devices are rigged to make airplane pilots think they are flying in straight lines around a sphere when they are actually flying in circles above a disc. The motive for world governments' concealment of the true shape of the Earth has not been ascertained, but flat-earthers believe it is probably financial. "In a nutshell, it would logically cost much less to fake a space program than to actually have one, so those in on the Conspiracy profit from the funding NASA and other space agencies receive from the government," the flat-earther website's FAQ page explains

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prophecy033
10/31/12 8:54:43PM
Fucking idiots.....DERP
george112
10/31/12 9:00:42PM
That has to be the smartest dumb shit I've ever heard
Cooler
10/31/12 9:05:21PM
Known about them for a few years, they take their holy book (the bible) literally.
Bubbles
10/31/12 10:10:27PM
is this group the result of scientologist inbreeding?
Biggavelli
10/31/12 10:23:09PM
Why don't they use some of the time and money they waste trying to prove the world is flat and do something usefull.
pmoney
10/31/12 10:36:29PM
I forgot about these fools.... What if they are right though!!?!??
backalley101
10/31/12 11:12:50PM
People still believe there is a magical person in the sky
Cooler
10/31/12 11:35:47PM

Posted by backalley101

People still believe there is a magical person in the sky



Once we explored space they stopped saying "in the sky" and started saying "outside time and space"
airkerma
11/1/12 8:54:06AM
You had me at 'Flat Earth Society'. Where do I enlist and how much money can I donate?