Meet the people who insist the Earth is flat


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/20/meet-the-people-who-insist-the.html


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#3

damn it @pesco we got enough loons with the last thread


#4

I…just…but…I don’t…I can’t…

Thank you for this, BB. I am now useless for the rest of the afternoon due to frothing rage and incomprehension of my fellow humans.


#5

#6

No thank you. I’d rather not.


#7

Meet the people who insist the Earth is flat


#8

I wonder what fraction of these fine folks are just really, really, really good at staying in-character.


#9

None of my circle of close friends, i.e., people whom I will let into my home without frisking them, believe in anything presented by the flat-earthers. Whenever the topic comes up, however, we make jokes about them.


#10

On season 5 of Arrested Development, Tobias lands the role of a for a lifetime.


#11

Oh, FFS. Not another thread to attract the Flat Earthers here.


#12

The silliest thing about this is that to explain the acceleration of gravity, we would have to assume that the disc is moving upwards at a rate of 9 m/s^2 (not to mention the home-observable phenomenon of terminal velocity). After one hour, 36 minutes, and 12 seconds, we’d be traveling celeritas. :open_mouth:

Oops. 9.8 m/s^2: 1:32:11 to c.

Double oops. That’s not the right formula (as pointed below). Turns out: 30,591,067 seconds. Or 354 days, 1 hour, 31 minutes, and 7 seconds.


#13

Oh, but to the Flat Earth crowd, gravity isn’t a law, just a good idea.


#14

one dude says around 1:45 “based on my gut feeling and common sense” NOPE.


#15

Is this a whole room full of people all thinking what a hoot it is to pretend to be crazy like all the other people in the room?


#16

OH man, I watched like 6 or 7 min of that guy from the conference. No thanks.

I mean, they can’t even show me a model of how the changes of seasons or daylight hours based on latitude would work. One can show that its daylight for months at a time near the north pool and near the south.


#17

Don’t go dragging math, physics or logic into this


#18

I’m glad I got to see this! I actually thought about going, just for a laugh, almost like an anthropology field trip. Pity, I decided not to. It would have been more fun than the time I went into the gift shop at the Creation Museum.


#19

If you’re going in that direction, let’s switch things up and meet the people who think they’re Napoleon Bonaparte.


#20

I’ve got all their channels blocked-off in YouTube.