Is the Earth flat?
That’s a bit of a weird topic, if you ask me. An oddly political one, too – there’s an honest-to-goodness movement behind the idea, with large online communities devoted to unraveling what many believe is a planet-wide conspiracy to keep the true nature of our world a secret.
And, on the other side, there are those who find the increasing number of people who believe the earth is flat to be, well, problematic.
Contrast that with something like the Hollow Earth Theory (one of my personal favorites), which doesn’t seem to have quite the backing, or controversy, surrounding it.
Not that I’m aware of, anyway.
At any rate, in November, the Flat Earth movement held their very first public conference in North Carolina. There, believers gathered to discuss what LiveScience calls “round-Earth denial.”
One of their talks was apparently titled “NASA and Other Space Lies.” Adherents to the Flat Earth Theory are not convinced by satellite images showing Earth as an oblate spheroid. They believe these images are fake, and that our planet (at least according to one interpretation) is actually a flat disc “surrounded by an ice wall.”
The story here is only just beginning, though. Some are wanting to take their Flat Earth studies to the next level.
Just last week, we heard the story of a California man who planned to hop into a homemade, steam-powered scrap metal rocket and launch himself 1,800 feet into the sky. His goal? To capture a photo of Earth himself and prove, once and for all, that those NASA images are fake and that our planet is, indeed, flat as a pancake.
As Fox News wrote, “his stunt will be the first phase of the flat-Earth space program.”
Unfortunately, he’s hit more than a few roadblocks. First, the Bureau of Land Management refused to let him perform his experiment on public land, and then – well, wouldn’t you know it, his makeshift rocket ramp (that is, his motor home) broke down.
The plan, however, is still apparently in motion. It’s just been rescheduled.
I’ll keep you posted. Then again, as the years pass, I’m becoming more and more of an absurdist, so I can only say: flat, round, or hollow, I’m not sure it really matters.