Flat Earthers: "Australia is fake and all Australians are actors paid by NASA"

Learned about another instance of this when travelling in Japan last October. I visited Sado Island (Sadogashima) and toured the gold mines - Sado Kinzan. The exhibits show that since 1778 - around 10 years before the first ships arrived in Botany Bay to found the Australian penal colony - ‘unhoused persons’ from Osaka were being rounded up and sent to work in the gold mines on the island. They would work 24 hour shifts every 2 days, turning the handles that kept ventilation fans and archimedes screw pumps working.

The site has now been nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status, this is being opposed by South Korea who are highlighting forced labour by Korean prisoners during the Second World War. Plus ça change…


I work with someone who claims to be from Australia. Next time I see her I plan on asking her how much NASA is paying her


I work in Aerospace, and an engineer I used to work closely with was (is) a flat-earther, a young earth creationist, and a moon landing denier.

He’s been working at the company for about 35 years and personally knew people who worked on the Apollo program when he had just started work. No doubt he pissed them off regularly. He has no problem explaining that the outputs of the nav system are just a useful model for helping navigate more easily but bear no relationship to the true flat earth which is too complicated to navigate across apparently. Amazing.


I was almost expecting that story to end with “And one day, Buzz Aldrin punched him in the face”!


Wow. That is some serious self delusion. :confused:


Also appropriate for anyone who favours a tetrahedral earth.


I’ve done the opposite; in the Bristol Channel, south of Bristol, there’s a spit of land called Brean Down that sticks out about a mile or so into the Channel, the highest point of which is 97m/318ft. From there you can look across to Wales and North Devon, and watch the huge car transporter ships coming and going from Royal Portbury Dock at Avonmouth. Those ships are huge, like a floating horizontal block of flats. With a pair of binoculars, and a fair amount of time, you can watch the ships gradually decrease in height until the last part of the superstructure disappears gracefully over the horizon, and occasionally watch them gradually appear as well.
Of course, it isn’t real, it’s a vast projection onto a huge wall around the edge of the flat earth…


There are just soooooo many scenarios where I wish this would happen.


You win. I thought my former colleague who was a young-Earth creationist and a chemical engineer was unusual.


Someone didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas…


I’ve seen flat earthers on Reddit arguing pretty hard that I was lying about having been to Australia, because it’s not real.
Maybe they were driving trollies me so now I feel like a bit of a dick.
Anyway, the last time I was in not-Australia I went to one of their Aussie Rules Football matches at the totally-not-real MCG and those actors were really invested in their work.
Like professional athlete invested. I was impressed.


Personally seeing an Aussie Rules game is on my list of things to do, so yeah, it’d be fun to see those “actors”


Oh you just gotta fill out a form 34B. You’ll find it in the starters pack with the Akubra hat, Speedos, thongs and tinnies. Or call the Illuminati 1300 number if you need a fresh copy but the wait times are aaaaages (you know bureaucracy…)


Is Australia real???

Let me look out the window: yep, it’s still here!

I know this is supposedly a joke, but for this Australian I find it EXTREMELY insulting to say my entire country doesn’t exist,

Flat Earther’s shit me, because of how simple it is to prove to them that the idea is demonstrably false. That level of cognitive dissonance is just completely foreign to me.


Just to make sure, I think that all of us non-Australians should go on a fact-finding mission to Australia.

I’m sure that the flat earthers will foot the bill, since it’s for science and all that.


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Marsh and Hayley spoke to Michael to find out why he believes the world is flat, how he and his fellow members reconcile their beliefs with the accepted science, and the criticisms his ideas are met with by the general public.


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I think that might have been the case back in 1950s when International Flat Earth Research Society was founded. But now there are flat earthers.


Honestly, as an Australian, I’m torn between asking NASA where my money is, and just going along with this nonsense to mess with the foreigners.


Another history tells that the blackfellas were the victims of farmers and settlers. Yes convicts too but this is reductive.

“make room for prisons”??? Britain and its entire population today would only inhabit less than 10% of the livable land mass.

I guess this is a flat earth conspiracy topic so alternate facts are bound to fly :no_mouth:

Yeah, but given our human rights record with blackfellas and asylum seekers, a nation that still bows to an English monarchy, sometimes I really feel like pulling my head in.

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