The Earth is Flat?

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  1. Corsa

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    According to Mike Hughes, from California.
    Who intends to launch himself 1800 feet into the air Saturday to capture a picture and prove modern science is incorrect.
    This must be the most absurd story I've heard this year.
    Why would you launch yourself 2,000 ft in the air on a homemade rocket, when you could buy a 30,000ft commercial airline ticket for the picture proving us all wrong?
    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017...-prove-earth-is-flat-california-man-says.html
     
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  2. PzR Slim

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    Plenty of flat earthers around! Barmy!

    However, this guy was trying to launch into space before becoming a flat earther, he is an Evil Kenevil type of guy. The story is that he latched onto the flat earth community to try and get some donations to finish the rocket and get into space.

    And anyway the flat earthers have got it wrong, they have made no mention of the four elephants and giant turtle....
     
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  3. Northstar

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    I have a feeling the only thing he will prove is that launching yourself 1800 feet into the air in a home made rocket is a terrible idea.
     
  4. eran0004

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    Flat Earth space program?

    Imagine the embarrassment when they accidentally get a manned rocket into orbit and have no idea how to bring it back home again.

    (That being said, a "Flat Earth" mod for Kerbal Space Program would be interesting... like, do they have enough physics theories to build a working flat earth physics engine?)
     
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  5. Famine

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    Or... he could go to Mount Whitney, California's highest point, at over fourteen THOUSAND feet...
     
  6. eran0004

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    1800 feet is probably a good altitude for this project though. Any higher, and the curvature of Earth might be visible :p
     
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    I heard one of these "flat earthers" on the radio the other week, they are good for a laugh but at the same time it's quite scary that they actual believe the things they say. Part of his claim was that NASA has agents patrolling the edge of the earth so that people don't fall off and discover the truth. :lol:
     
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  8. Corsa

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    He has to be of the daredevil attention seeking crowd, the whole story makes no sense. Not speaking directly of a flat earth which is preposterous but of his method of proving it.
    Like you said, climb a mountain. I'd grab an airline flight and snap pictures.
     
  9. ToyGTone

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    This is my biggest question related to the whole flat earth conspiracy, why would they hide the fact that it's flat? What's the point? Is there something more to it than the earth being *insert whatever shape here*? Aliens? Military? What?
     
  10. Corsa

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    I've read a little on it from the believers. They believe there is an ice wall at the edge and beyond that are vast resources of land, oil, clean untouched water etc.
    http://blackbag.gawker.com/the-earth-is-flat-explained-1755002534
     
  11. Rage Racer

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    The Flat Earth Society said it has adherents all over the globe. :D
     
  12. wfooshee

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    Simple fact: If the Earth was flat, there would be nothing on it but cats. Everything else will have been shoved over the side.
     
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    Buying an airline ticket is easier than climbing a mountain but... wow, just wow.

    Rocket man... I think it's going to be a long, long time before you prove the earth is DiscWorld.
     
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    I hope for the sake of humanity that his descent will be an uncontrolled flight into terrain, causing his idiotic fellow flat earthers to stay without answer, and follow his example. Like a horde of lemmings down a cliff.
     
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    That's just under 8 seconds. Does he put the brake on after that?

    Quite. Presumably his preparation has been top notch.

    Ah.
     
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  17. Saidur_Ali

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    He would literally be flat earth then, I don't wish ill on him though. Hopefully someone makes him see sense before it's too late, I do think it's about time for these flat Earthers to walk off the edge of Earth and enlighten us all.
     
  18. unit-one

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    He could just visit San Marino... it's 200 meters higher than his future flight.
     
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    ...Holy moly. This guy is just... Just wow.

    So, uh, since this is about NASA and their dirty, dirty conspiracy, what makes him and the fellow flat earthers believe that NASA won't try to shut them down, figuratively and literally? I mean, in order to preserve their secrets, NASA might shoot the home-made rocket down with a phaser beam fired from a secret base on the dark side of the moon.

    :rolleyes:

    Really now. Anything for that 15 minutes of fame.
     
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    What could go wrong? :lol:
     
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    If he does crash and meet his maker, that's exactly what the flat-earthers and conspiracists will say.
     
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  22. Northstar

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    Somebody ran a simulation and it doesn’t look good for him.

     
  23. Joel

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    Duh, do you have any idea how much stronger the chemtrails are when you're inside the plane?
     
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  24. stonesfan129

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    I'm not sure I agree. Didn't Christopher Columbus basically prove the Earth is not flat?
     
  25. eran0004

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    I think it's related to the space race hoax. They don't believe that there was a space race, so that would be NASA's reason for hiding the "truth", since a flat Earth would mean that the space race can't have happened the way they say it did.

    Back in the 19th century though, it all started with an experiment to prove that the Earth is round, but the result was misinterpreted as being evidence of a flat Earth, and based on that one experiment one person started creating an alternative flat Earth theory (including a totally bonkers theory about perspective drawing).
     
  26. Liquid

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    Columbus believed the earth was pear or teardrop shaped at a time when it had been known for 2,000 years that the world was round; ancient Greeks and ancient Chinese knew the world was round.

    Here's a lovely picture of Concorde at mach 2. Obviously a photoshop:

    IMG_20171124_103310.jpg
     
  27. Grayfox

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    Let him do it and when he falls back down the earth from 1500ft he will be flat.
     
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  28. ULTRAVIOLENZZ

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    I'm curious how would they react if they have given a chance for an all-expense paid trip to outer space.
     
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    My guess is they think the windows are HD screens and they're in a simulator.
     
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