“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”
We all learned that little ditty in grade school, along with how Columbus’ expeditions not only “discovered America,” but also “proved the Earth was round.”
Over 400 years later, NASA provided what should have been incontrovertible proof — with photos of the Earth from space — that we are indeed living on a sphere hurtling around the sun.
Yet, that has not stopped the so-called “Flat Earth Society” from believing otherwise. And, now the “Flat Earthers” as believers of this theory have become known, say they are mounting an expedition that will prove them right.
According to the NY Post, the Flat Earthers are planning to sail to Antarctica to find the frozen barrier they believe marks the edge of our world. According to Flat Earth doctrine, the supposed “ice wall” is said to be a couple thousand feet thick, towers 164 feet high and surrounds the entire planet.
The expedition, which is planned for next year is being organized by the Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC).
While details of the trip remain very secretive, FEIC founder Robbie Davidson told Forbes, “If you take a globe and you squish it down, the Antarctic would go all the way around the Earth. It’s kind of like an ice shore, and it’s very, very large. It’s not like you just go there and you can just peek over it. We don’t believe anything can fall off the edge, because a big portion of the flat earth community believes that we’re in a dome, like a snow globe. So the sun, moon, and stars are all inside. It’s very high but all contained inside. So there’s no way to actually fall off of the earth.”
Wow, that is certainly a relief!
A Roundabout Way to Travel a Flat Earth?
But many are quick to point out the very ship which will take them to their alleged edge of the world, could only safely get them there by using navigational equipment which counts on the Earth being a sphere. Global Position Systems in particular use a network of satellites that orbit the Earth to ping off of each other and pinpoint one’s location.
In a report by The Guardian, Henk Keijer, a longtime cruise ship captain gave his thoughts on the FEIC’s plans. “I have sailed two million miles, give or take,” he said. “I have not encountered one sea captain who believes the Earth is flat.”
Some people believe the world is flat because they cannot see a curve in photos or when traveling. Others claim images showing the world as a sphere are generated on a computer and not actually taken from space. A general consensus by Flat Earthers is that the idea of the world being round is a way NASA can dupe society along with governments to keep control.
The Flat Earth Society suggests that “the space agencies of the world” conspired to fake “space travel” to hide the Earth’s “biggest secret.” This likely began during the Cold War,” the Flat Earth Society says. “The USSR and USA were obsessed with beating each other into space to the point that each faked their accomplishments in an attempt to keep pace.”
The FEIC has not responded to requests by any of the publications mentioned in this post for more information on the planned Flat Earth cruise.
As far as this reporter is concerned, as the owner of four frisky felines, I can attest to the fact that if the Earth were flat, the cats of the world would have already pushed everything off of it by now!