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Today, in the world of, "you can't make this shit up" and "I can't believe people are really this stupid. No wait, after this past year I can" I present to you...the California man who plans on proving the earth is flat by launching himself a 1,800 feet high at 500 mph in a homemade steam-powered rocket! Picture in the link. (ETA: I'm confused, at one place the author says he will launch himself 1,800 feet, then later he says a mile. Edit people, edit! You're a respected newspaper!! ETA again: figured it out, a mile distance but 1,800 feet up.) Anyway, he managed to launch himself a quarter of a mile before (and was injured), and had trouble raising funds for this bigger project until he found the flat-eather community. Some wonderful quotes: "Astronauts were merely paid actors performing in front of a CGI globe." (According to a flat-earth talk show host) "The host talked of "Elon Musk's fake reality," and Hughes talked of "anti-Christ, illuminati stuff" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/21/this-man-is-about-to-launch-himself-in-his-homemade-rocket-to-prove-the-earth-is-flat/?utm_term=.f0398e654912
I have recently been hearing something more and more that's been making me curious. I come from a fundie reformed, VF-ish background and I suppose some might still find me a little fundie. However, I never heard much about people seriously thinking the earth was flat even when I was still part of a deeply legalistic, uber-fundie church. Lately I've been seeing it more and more. At first, it was something I heard in passing among ATI folk that my in-laws knew. However, I'm starting to see it more in reformed chat groups and offline, I'm seeing it come up in church groups in really divisive ways. By "flat earth theory", I'm referring to folks who truly believe that that world is flat and that the pictures from space to the contrary are all staged. Many will say that it's "Satan's lies" that make us think anything else. This really seems odd to me and I'm having trouble understanding how this idea is even getting traction. Does anyone know where this comes from? Is there an author or teacher out there promoting this?
hoipolloi posted a topic in Creationism & Other Junk ScienceEven the great Jordanyo has his limits, it appears:
AmazonGrace posted a topic in Wide World of SnarkI'll just leave this here, ok? http://gawker.com/why-the-earth-is-flat-straight-from-the-mouth-of-a-ver-1754933801