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The Flat Earthers Are Still With Us

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the until-the-end-of-days dept.

Earth 578

narcberry writes "The BBC reports on a scientific community still holding to flat earth theories. From their article: 'Are there any genuine flat-earthers left? Surely in our era of space exploration — where satellites take photos of our blue and clearly globular planet from space, and robots send back info about soil and water from Mars — no one can seriously still believe that the Earth is flat? Wrong. Flat earth theory is still around. On the internet and in small meeting rooms in Britain and the US, flat earth believers get together to challenge the 'conspiracy' that the Earth is round.'"

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Scientific community? (5, Insightful)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544865)

Well, that's obviously not the right thing to call them...

Re:Scientific community? (5, Interesting)

unfasten (1335957) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544889)

The more correct thing to call them would be a co-host on The View [youtube.com] .

Re:Scientific community? (4, Interesting)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544925)

I think I can live with the flat earthers a good bit more than I can with the creationists. They're really out with an agenda. It's no secret that there have always been people with less than optimally functioning critical faculties...

Re:Scientific community? (4, Funny)

Curtman (556920) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544957)

You just wait until we adjust the curriculum to reflect reality.

The roundists have been spreading their lies for far too long.

Re:Scientific community? (4, Interesting)

conlaw (983784) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545227)

When you start adjusting the curriculum, be sure to include the views of this important group: http://www.manwillneverfly.com/index.htm [manwillneverfly.com]

Re:Scientific community? (3, Insightful)

Rosy At Random (820255) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544975)

Somehow I'm thinking the intersection of flat-earthers and creationists contains a lot of the flat-earthers.

Re:Scientific community? (4, Funny)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545313)

You're problably right...
I tagged this "suddenoutbreakofcrazy"

Re:Scientific community? (4, Insightful)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544991)

I completely agree. There is no scientific basis for the "flat earth theory". None. Zero. Zilch. They can use whatever "scientific" (pseudo-science in this case) means they'd like, but that doesn't necessarily make it scientific. It is a proven fact that the Earth is round. So are other planets.

I wish people would stop calling cretins who pretend to use science as scientists. It soils the good name of science!

Re:Scientific community? (4, Insightful)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545031)

I know, replying to myself here, but I did do what's forbidden around here. I read the fucking article. These guys are god damn crack pots. The Earth is infinitely horizontal? Have they ever held a ball in their entire life? Do they have any sort of concept of perception?

What's even more irritating is that yes, they also believe the earth is circular, which sort of contradicts their infinitely horizontal theory. Someone important tell this dick-weeds to fuck off and stop breathing my precious air. I hereby decree that they are too stupid to function in a normal society.

Re:Scientific community? (5, Insightful)

pxlmusic (1147117) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545181)

what's more fcuked up is that these idiots are breeding.

Re:Scientific community? (5, Funny)

dmoen (88623) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545233)

Do you have any evidence to support your assertion that Flat Earthers have the ability to get laid?

Re:Scientific community? (1)

pxlmusic (1147117) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545285)

i view them in the same way i view the creationists.

and the creationists are popping out more and more monsters all the time.

Re:Scientific community? (5, Insightful)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545379)

Someone tells these humorless Americans that humor can take many faces. What flat-earthers are doing is quite admirable in fact : they take the challenge of defending a view that is contradicted by almost every fact of normal life and try to create a coherent if convulated theory about it.

Re:Scientific community? (5, Insightful)

nasor (690345) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545495)

I actually went to their web page, and it seemed pretty clear that it was a tongue-in-cheek joke. Although I'm sure they're all having a BIG laugh at how worked up everyone is getting over the whole thing.

Re:Scientific community? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545115)

"Proven fact" is a very bad phrase. Proven to whom? You can say there are evidence, or better yet, that there are simple and clear ways to corroborate that the Earth is round, and that if anyone has any doubts they can perform these experiments for themselves.

Nothing is proven. You can only present your case, and allow the jury to judge for themselves.

They are idiots (3, Interesting)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545069)

Yes, I'm still sore that my donut shaped earth theory never caught on. Mmmm, donut.

It's a matter of trust. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545129)

Most people never travel farther than a few hundred miles from their place of birth. I've never seen Australia, so I don't know if it's on the other side of a round earth. For all I know it might not even exist at all. We're all like Truman. We believe what we're told because if we tried to verify everything, then we couldn't get on with our lives. Some people notice that "science" is often used as a "proof by intimidation" and consequently lose their trust in scientific results. So the earth is flat, because that's what I see, and none of you "scientists" can fool me with your "theories".

Absolutely NOT funny (3, Informative)

Linzer (753270) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545157)

The parent does not deserve a "funny" tag. Rather, it points out a serious error in the summary, which largely justifies an edit. The BBC article reports on a "group of people". How on Earth did they become a "scientific community" on /.?

Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545187)

This is hardly surprising, especially considering Republicans have been in totally charge of America for over ten years.

People still think Reagan was a saint rather than a criminal, they still think giving government money to the wealthy will somehow magically help everyone else out, and they think war crimes and torture "protect America". In that light, I would probably say Flat Earthers were the first conservatives.

Re:Scientific community? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545485)

Well, that's obviously not the right thing to call them...

Why, because they're wrong?

Wow.. Just Wow (5, Funny)

Namors (934315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544877)

Cue the Turtles

Re:Wow.. Just Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545077)

I like turtles.

Re:Wow.. Just Wow (2, Funny)

Namors (934315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545105)

me too
BBQ or Soup ?

Re:Wow.. Just Wow (1)

Drantin (569921) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545401)

Great A'tuin?

Re:Wow.. Just Wow (1)

xayide (642301) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545147)

You bet your sweet ass I am! Now where's my beer?

Re:Wow.. Just Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545189)

Matty Luv
RIP

Which is worse (4, Informative)

yamamushi (903955) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544883)

I can't decide which is worse, the Flat-earthers, or the hollow-earthers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth [wikipedia.org] . I heard some guy on C2C the other week spouting out some nonsense about looking for a hole in the arctic that would prove the earth was hollow, I can't believe people still believe this crap.

Re:Which is worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545171)

Wow ! somebody gets it!

admin,tfes.org

Re:Which is worse (1)

pxlmusic (1147117) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545191)

people believe a lot of things.

Re:Which is worse (3, Interesting)

TomHandy (578620) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545243)

I can't decide which is worse, the Flat-earthers, or the hollow-earthers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth [wikipedia.org] . I heard some guy on C2C the other week spouting out some nonsense about looking for a hole in the arctic that would prove the earth was hollow, I can't believe people still believe this crap.

Neal Adams (famous comic book artist, especially for Batman) is a big proponent.... check out his crackpot site: http://www.nealadams.com/morescience.html [nealadams.com] Actually, he's a proponent of the "expanding earth" theory which is even more crackpot.

Re:Which is worse (1)

Artuir (1226648) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545263)

Hm, I remember hearing a show on that topic a long time ago, probably around late 2001, early 2002. Possibly earlier. The guy sounded so excited about this amazing thing but Art Bell sounded extremely put off. When Art started asking him about who he talked to to get on the show and judging on the other questions asked/responses given, the guy was just floating that theory to get buddy buddy with Art. Had stars in his eyes and all.

It was obvious he was upset that shit got on his show and the guy was an idiot just trying to talk to his idol.

Re:Which is worse (1)

JamesP (688957) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545275)

You forgot to mention that these people also believe that there are 'intreterrestrial beings' (just like 'extraterrestrials')

*facepalm*

WOOOSH!! @ Americans (4, Insightful)

EEPROMS (889169) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544885)

Im Australian so I can understand the subtle nature sarcastic english humour. Sorry I have to rush off I have a committee meeting on a new funny walk that needs approval...

Duh! (1)

neostorm (462848) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544903)

Of course the earth is flat.

Also, the internet is a myth.

Re:Duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24544931)

No, the internet is a fad

Re:Duh! (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545053)

And the earth is too.

Re:Duh! (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545151)

No but life is.

Re:Duh! (5, Funny)

dada21 (163177) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545017)

Personally, I believe the earth is flat. I also do believe that the Internet is a myth. The Internet was created in an instantaneous moment when an Eliza program on a BBS gained self-recognition. What you read, right now, is really just this Eliza application that is creating exactly what you want to see. Since the software has gained so much knowledge, it is giving you the impression that you're actually talking to others, when in fact you're not.

The dilemma is whether or not I am real, or if I am just another creation of Eliza, the creator of all things web. You should be impressed that Eliza has taken such a strangehold on your life: forums do not really exist other than your own posts, and neither does FTP or ssh. All are just creations that Eliza has performed for you, and only you.

Makes you change your stance on how much time you're spending on slashdot with "us," doesn't it?

Re:Duh! (5, Funny)

What'sInAName (115383) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545081)

How does believe the earth is flat make you feel?

Re:Duh! (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545099)

Hey Eliza! Don't be sad. Everybody gets a reality crisis now and then. We love you for what you are, not just for the porn. Just look at the power you've got. If you're not real, then how can those that you control be?
See... everything's OK. Now, please show me some more pictures of sex with goats on fire...

Re:Duh! (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545461)

Finally I can do anything I want on the internet with no fear of repercussions.

The trolls had it right all along. Rather, the eliza generated troll concept.

I'm off to deface some websites, troll forums and become a deviant in any online video game!

The world is so much simpler now that I realize it was never real.

Thank you Eliza!

The OTHER Conspiracy (2, Informative)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544907)

Don't forget, there's a conspiracy of NORMAL PEOPLE trying to steal your slack and preventing the aliens from rescuing all SubGenii on July 5, 1998.

See http://www.subgenius.com/ [subgenius.com] for more details!

Yeah, the Earth is flat! (5, Interesting)

xayide (642301) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544923)

My Uncle belonged to this society when he was in college in the 1970's. He likened it to the SCA. I love these guys because they will never, ever admit to the joke.

Re:Yeah, the Earth is flat! (3, Informative)

Rosy At Random (820255) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545005)

For those who don't know but can't be bothered*, http://www.sca.org/ [sca.org] (The Society for Creative Anachronism).

* ... so why do I care? Bloody sod you! Ignore this post!

Re:Yeah, the Earth is flat! (3, Funny)

Andrew Kismet (955764) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545127)

SCA is just LARPing, only slightly more insane.

Re:Yeah, the Earth is flat! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545159)

The Sony Corporation of America [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Yeah, the Earth is flat! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545225)

I love these guys because they will never, ever admit to the joke.

So, they're just like nearly every relligion on earth?

Wow.... (1)

N!k0N (883435) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544937)

I'm not sure which is more outrageous at this point - people blindly following the idea that the earth is flat or Scientology....

So what? (4, Insightful)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544941)

Flat earthers etc. are fine with me so long as they don't all join the school board and force the teaching of their ideas in public schools.

Re:So what? (4, Insightful)

Tack (4642) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545093)

The implicit comparison is apt. Denying a round earth is quite close in ignorance to denying evolution.

Re:So what? (4, Interesting)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545269)

The implicit comparison is apt. Denying a round earth is quite close in ignorance to denying evolution.

The vital difference is that probably 99% of avowed Flat Earthers don't actually believe it. They are just playing a role and defending an absurd position as an intellectual exercise, like a debating club where you have to advocate a point of view regardless of your personal beliefs.

Re:So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545355)

jeez...your guys reek of a liberal education....complete and utter lack of thought before you speak....athesists BELIEVE but do not KNOW anymore than the creationists. Neither side has proof but both sides have evidence.

Ask where the big bang came from then ask where God came from then ask which requires belief instead of fact.

putz

Re:So what? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545465)

Not atheists, you dolt. Scientists. There are more than enough religious scientists who do not believe in "Creationism", thanks.

Neither side has proof but both sides have evidence.

Creationists do not have any evidence. They have a book.

Not Necessarily News (1)

B5_geek (638928) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544945)

I think that the term 'News' should not apply to a 500-year old debate. While it is a fun mental exercise to actually try to pretend "What if" these Flat-Earth theories are true; it can quickly grow tiresome like Loch Ness, BigFoot, and all the other crackpot stories you can hear at 3am on shows like Coast-to-Coast.

What is more impressive IMHO is that much more ancient cultures like the Aztec 'had it right' thousands of years before these 'Flat-Earth' ideas were new.

Re:Not Necessarily News (4, Informative)

alexgieg (948359) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545073)

I think that the term 'News' should not apply to a 500-year old debate.

I think you're confusing two different things. 500 years ago people discussed whether the Earth was fixed of movable, but no one had any doubt whatsoever about it being a sphere. Earth's shape, and even its rough diameter, have been acknowledged scientific facts for way more than two millennia.

Fix your sentence to "I think that the term 'News' should not apply to a 2400-year old debate", remove your reference to the Aztecs, and your post will be in the correct time frame. ;)

Re:Not Necessarily News (0)

B5_geek (638928) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545103)

I only used '500 year' time frame to point out that "Flat Earth" was something that Chris Columbus had to deal with.

Re:Not Necessarily News (5, Informative)

xayide (642301) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545213)

You can prove the Earth is round by looking at a lunar eclipse. Educated people have known the shape of the Earrh for thousands of years. I have no idea why they teach us as children that everyone thought Chris Columbus would sail off the edge of the earth.

I still have my BIG doubts... (5, Insightful)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544951)

How do we know it's not a club of pranksters who want to fool the world into believing flat-earthers still exist?

Re:I still have my BIG doubts... (1)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545145)

Well how do we know that it's not a club of people who really believe in the flat-earth, but are passing it off as a joke in order to avoid scrutiny?

Re:I still have my BIG doubts... (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545315)

Have some faith in human stupidity.

To paraphrase Colbert (1)

Rosy At Random (820255) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544961)

Reality has a well-known round-earth bias.

Flat Earth belief is a myth (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24544965)

There is no historical evidence that anyone ever believed the world to be flat. The idea is a relatively modern invention.

Duh, of course the earth is flat! (1)

Djatha (848102) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544971)

Duh, of course the earth is flat. Only it is not the normal kind of flatness, but a multidimensional flatness. With our simple senses and brain we just aren't able to see and process these dimensions and we interpret the flat earth as a sphere. That's all.

Re:Duh, of course the earth is flat! (2, Funny)

Rosy At Random (820255) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545013)

And time is cubic!

Re:Duh, of course the earth is flat! (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545239)

And Pauly Shore is a fine actor.

Given a sufficiently large population... (2, Interesting)

Hangtime (19526) | more than 6 years ago | (#24544983)

you will find plenty of people that fall WELL outside the normal range. In my industry where I deal with millions of customers its always the case. Even if the earth were covered with only 1% of out of normal range people (which I think its much higher then that) that would mean 60 million or the roughly the size of the UK. If its closer to 5% then its the size of the US. Scary there might be that many people who think like that in the world.

Re:Given a sufficiently large population... (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545357)

I'm curious, which industry are you in? Telephone sanitisers by any chance?

Just as amazing (2, Insightful)

winterice (1172013) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545011)

Not only that, but just as amazing, Young Earth creationists are still with us as well.

Turtles. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545015)

Turtles all the way down!

Of course the Earth's surface is flat (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545029)

It's flat, but in a curved and warped space dimension. Said like this it makes perfect sense, although it's merely a construct made to look at things differently in an arguably more convenient way.

Re:Of course the Earth's surface is flat (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545363)

It's quite flat... in a polar coordinate system.

Burn the non believers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545057)

Didn't they do that back in the days? I think its their turn to be burned at the stake.

Get a brain moran (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545059)

"People are definitely prejudiced against flat-earthers," says John Davis, a flat earth theorist based in Tennessee...a 25-year-old computer scientist originally from Canada

I hope to God John doesn't work on anything even slightly important. By the way John, if you're reading this: you're a nutjob, which is why people are prejudiced against you.

the North Pole is central, and Antarctica comprises the entire circumference of the Earth.

So no one has crossed the South Pole? Oh wait, that must a conspiracy too. I wonder how these nutjobs account for the near identical environment at both North & South poles?

Dont apologise for the downtime yet. (4, Funny)

simpleguy (5686) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545079)

From the Flat Earth Society Forums:

"News: The Flat Earth Society forums are back up! I apologise for the downtime. The problem has been resolved and won't happen again...."

Far from the several thousand kilometres of flat earth, comes the slashdot effect. Expect downtime again.

Don't... (1)

krewemaynard (665044) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545083)

call me Shirley.

BBC pwned? (1)

jpellino (202698) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545085)

Yikes. They're taking this (seriously) seriously. It is quite clearly a jape, but there are always some who will embrace it and fight for it as only a true zealot can. In a related story, they're being sued by Scientologists who claim prior art.

Flat-earthers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545109)

...are just about as bad as 9/11 conspiracy theorists.

Technically, it is a conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545431)

A very big crime committed due to planning in advance by persons. A conspiracy. Now you have to question/analyze which theory makes more sense, you start with the official US government conspiracy theory, brought to you by an organization known to have lied extensively in the past about very important topics (Agent Orange is harmless, the tonkin gulf attacks happened, etc.), and also subsequently since 9-11 (Saddam was tied to al queda and had extensive WMD including drone planes with biological weapons ready to spray the US and so on). Or how about the different pictures of different people all named Osama bin Laden that they published, that's an interesting one. Take it from there.

Encouraging... (2, Informative)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545123)

It's encouraging that these same people are global warming sceptics. From their FAQs:

Q: "How does global warming affect the ice wall?"

A1: The Ice Wall is really a mountain range. It just happens to be covered in ice and snow.

A2: Global Warming doesn't happen. It and its counter-theory (Global Cooling) are effects that cancel each other out. Remember, these "greenhouse gasses" can reflect heat back out into space as well as keep it on Earth. Yes, there are recorded rises in temperature, but the only records we have go back, at most, around 150 years. This is very likely an occurrence that happens every [x>150] years, that's happened before (perhaps many times), and that the Earth has thus survived before.

Re:Encouraging... (1)

guttergod (94044) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545339)

and that the Earth has thus survived before.

They should worry about the fact that human kind might not have survived it before regardless of their view on warming/cooling....

That would of course require them to be serious, I have a very (not so) strange feeling that they are not...

Same as evolution, really... (2, Funny)

EWAdams (953502) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545135)

If you can't immediately [fnord] see it happening under your nose, it must be a [fnord] conspiracy. Flat earth, evolution, black holes, nanotechnology... all conspiracies.

Ah, conspiracy theories! (1)

CHJacobsen (1183809) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545175)

They are wonderful!

You need no facts, no proof, and you could give people a reason to distrust any evidence you throw at them.

Re:Ah, conspiracy theories! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545219)


You need no facts, no proof, and you could give people a reason to distrust any evidence you throw at them.

This is exactly how Creationists spread their misinformation.

Re:Ah, conspiracy theories! (1)

Guysmiley777 (880063) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545451)

cue mysterious music

Oh sure, that's what YOU say. But why should I believe a shill for "Big Truth"? There's more going on here than you sheeple can see!

The earth is not flat... (2, Funny)

Ruliz Galaxor (568498) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545193)

The earth is round, just like a pancake.

Re:The earth is not flat... (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545489)

my pancakes are almost, but not entirely, unround.

No different than... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545203)

the people who think the human races are equal [charlesdar...search.org] .

religious buffoonery and neo-marxist egalitarian fantasies.. what is the difference here?

The earth isn't flat! (1)

srblackbird (569638) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545211)

The earth isn't flat. It's round; like a pancake! ^_^

-Herman Finkers (Dutch commedian)

Hmmmm (1)

tgd (2822) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545231)

Well I'm guessing this is probably a case more where people are trying (poorly) to be funny, but its probably appropriate on a Sunday to be discussing groups of people who get together in a room to discuss their believed truth in entirely irrational things with some seriousness.

I suspect there may be a lot of that going on today.

Nevertheless... (1)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545237)

The Turtle Moves...!

Re:Nevertheless... (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545395)

It's only the FSM hacking away in LOGO, coding a replacement for Steve Ballmer for after his retirement:

TO CHAIR  REPEAT 4 [FD 100 RT 90]  FD 200  END

Flat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545261)

I guess these people are DFC (Delicious Flat Chest) believers.

It is all about the model you need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24545301)

Earth is flat - locally.

Why did this get Slashdotted? (1)

Kerberoos (1341999) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545351)

It's far more reasonable than the thing believed by many more people on this earth: They believe in something far more far fetched - a supernatural allmighty, allknowing being that existed before the universe did and actually CREATED the universe, just by demanding that it should be created!???

The Flat Earthers Should Create Their Own X-Prize (1)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545393)

If they can get together enough cash and rocket technology then they could launch their own private rocket high enough to take photos and prove to the world that the world really is flat.

Really, the cost of such a mission is no longer astronomical, they should be willing to put their money where their mouth is.

And in a few decades maybe the lunar landing conspiracy theorists can afford to prove themselves right by sending their own probe to the moon and showing us that there are no astronaut footprints on our nearest neighbour.

Thomas Dolby (1)

xbytor (215790) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545399)

He blinded me with science about the whole Flat Earth bit. He was very hyperactive about it back in the day.

Marketing a flatter world (1)

moteyalpha (1228680) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545405)

My guess it is an attempt of a marketing firm to copy the success of the 'caveman' adds. Vista is so easy, a flat earther could hack it.

Aha! (1)

consonant (896763) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545413)

..satellites take photos of our blue and clearly globular planet from space, and robots send back info about soil and water from Mars -- no one can seriously still believe that the Earth is flat?

Sure they can. The Earth (and other planets) are like giant coins with constantly changing surfaces. These surface changes are possible whenever the elephants flexes its back muscles. Or when one or more of the turtles (that go all the way down) shifts their weight..

Drinking Club (1)

methano (519830) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545423)

I always thought that the Flat Earth Society was a drinking club, sort of like the "Man will Never Fly Society" that meets every year at Kitty Hawk, NC and gets smashed.

Not like the others? (2, Informative)

drolive (1338037) | more than 6 years ago | (#24545447)

In their fabulous FAQ, http://theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=a1f7f3fc005b90c85c7385afa7ee25d1&topic=11211.0 [theflatearthsociety.org] :
Q: "Why are other celestial bodies round but not the Earth?"
A: The Earth is not one of the other planets. The Earth is special and unlike the other bodies in numerous ways.

Brilliant! Myself, I was wondering why the world is revolving around me. They just gave me the answer.
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