If simply this “debate” could fall flat.
There are still people out there who speculate the Earth is flat — and if a few recent word narratives are any expres, they’re making a comeback.
The argument is nothing brand-new. The theory re-emerged in the late 19 th century, when truthers conceived all that Earth-is-round science and whatnot was part of a scheme to debunk religion, according to the Pacific Standard.
We’ve reported on flat-Earth truthers more recently, and we give them the same level of credence as people who believe there are reptilian foreigners living in underground systems in Montauk, New York, restricting locals’ minds.
But when TV identity Tila Tequila went on a now-infamous Twitter ranting about the Earth being flat earlier this month, the headlines followed, together with more scheme theories.
The resulting flat Earth theory holds that our planet is actually a disc and that seriousnes is an misconception. As The Huffington Post reported in 2012 😛 TAGEND
Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150 -foot-tall wall of ice, around the rim. NASA hires, “theyre saying”, guard this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc.
Earth’s day and night round is explained by positing that the sunshine and moon are spheres calibrating 32 miles that move in circles 3,000 miles above the plane of the Earth.( Stars, they say, move in an aircraft 3,100 miles up .) Like spotlights, these celestial sphere illuminate different portions of the planet in a 24 -hour cycle. Flat-earthers believe there must also be an invisible “antimoon” that overshadows the moon during lunar eclipses.
The theory’s primary supporter, the Flat Earth Society, has made some wavings over the years, but truthers’ astounding polemics were losing most of their steam — until now. Tequila, who added late last year that she was struggling with mental illness and drug addiction, got the conversation travelling again.
If that weren’t enough, YouTube user and former truther TigerDan9 25 — who has 25,000 customers and has posted 18 flat Earth videos — caused a stir for diverting the flat Earth theory on its heading by agreeing this month that Antarctica is a continent , not a wall.
His video would certainly composed a gap in the flat Earth community.
The Guardian reports 😛 TAGEND
“[ This is] just the tip of the iceberg, ” supposed flat-Earth convert Mark Sargent, who applied his two decades of work in the tech and video game industries to create the site enclosedworld.com and a YouTube series called Flat Earth Clues. “There’s dissension in the ranks all over the place.”
“It’s almost like the beginning of a brand-new religion. Everyone’s trying to define it. And they’re turning on each other because there’s no unified theory.”
For the record, the Earth is a bumpy spheroid. But it doesn’t seem like flat-Earth truthers — or Montauk lizard aliens — are going away anytime soon.
Meanwhile, here’s our assumption about the renewed interest in our flat Dirt: Mercury is in retrograde, parties.