We would gladly do anything to stop the flat Earth debate, but there are still people on the Internet who believe in it. Everyone thought that the debate was killed some time ago, but according to recent reports, it’s making a comeback.
The argument isn’t anything we haven’t seen before – the flat Earth theory re-emerged in the 19th century when some people proposed that the Earth isn’t round as part of a conspiracy to debunk religion. We give flat-Earthers as much attention as we give to people who believe that reptilians are ruling the world and controlling our minds, which is none. But when a celebrity such as Tila Tequila went on a Twitter rant about the Earth being flat, the media couldn’t stay silent. Of course, conspiracy theories followed immediately.
The flat Earth theory is an illusion, the Huffington Post wrote in 2012. “Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall wall of ice, around the rim. NASA employees, they say, guard this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc.
Earth’s day and night cycle is explained by positing that the sun and moon are spheres measuring 32 miles that move in circles 3,000 miles above the plane of the Earth. (Stars, they say, move in a plane 3,100 miles up.) Like spotlights, these celestial spheres illuminate different portions of the planet in a 24-hour cycle. Flat-earthers believe there must also be an invisible “antimoon” that obscures the moon during lunar eclipses.”
The “Flat Earth Society” was the main proponent of the theory which has caught the attention of the media over the years. However, it lost steam until Tila Tequila brought it back. Tequila, who was dealing with drug addiction and mental illness in the last year, brought the theory back from the dead when we least wanted it.
As if she wasn’t enough, Youtuber TigerDan295 reignited the debate by saying that Antarctica is a continent, not a wall. Here’s a report by The Guardian: “[This is] just the tip of the iceberg,” said flat-Earth convert Mark Sargent, who used 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 new religion. Everyone’s trying to define it. And they’re turning on each other because there’s no unified theory.”
The Earth, for anyone who isn’t aware, is a bumpy spheroid. However, as long as the Internet exists, the flat Earth theory will be kept alive.
Source: ( huffingtonpost )