We live in an era where science is unfortunately not given the respect that it rightly deserves. The systematic and careful discovery of the world and how it works has given rise to all technology we know and enjoy today, from the internet to modern medicine. And yet, there is a distressingly large portion of the population that distrusts science, thinks that it’s all false and that vaccinating their child will result in them developing autism.
At the top of the ignorant heap are flat-Earthers— that is, people who believe the Earth is flat despite ample evidence to the contrary. They believe the moon landing was staged, that Sputnik merely went around a flat disk rather than a blue sphere, and that if you keep going in a single direction long enough you’ll fall off the edge of the world.
It sounds ludicrous, and yet their numbers are distressingly large. Worse, among their number are several celebrities that for whatever reason have bought into their willful stupidity.
You know you’ve got a real winner when you name yourself after an alcoholic beverage, but Tila really takes being an idiot to the extreme. First, there was that whole "Why I Sympathize with Hitler” fiasco which got her kicked off of Facebook, then there was that whole string of anti-semitic Tweets that got her Twitter suspended.
But before her Twitter account got deleted, she went on another rant about how the world is flat. Her evidence was the fact that planes can land on a flat ground, and that the buildings of New York all stand straight rather than at angles as one would expect if they were on a curve. She then refused to accept any proof provided by the thousands of people that tweeted at her.
We're not sure what it is about basketball players and believing that the world is flat. Maybe it comes from playing on a flat basketball court for so long it sort of colors your mentality. In any case, the Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has gone on record saying he believes the Earth is flat.
"This is not even a conspiracy. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat,” he repeated for an episode of Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing. “If you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move, and the fact that—can you really think of us rotating around the sun and all planets aligned, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what's going on with these planets?"
He’d later do a follow-up interview where he said he was just trying to engage in “an open conversation”, but he still never denied his belief that the world was flat.
This guy believes so strenuously that the world is flat that he actually wrote a song about it: “Flatlined”, off his EARTH album. B.o.B is perhaps the most outspoken flat-Earther out there, even going so far as debating Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Twitter whether or not the world is round. Tyson, being an astrophysicist, provided several fine proofs of the world’s roundness, to which B.o.B ignored and instead released the aforementioned song as a diss track.
The cities in the background are approx. 16miles apart... where is the curve ? please explain this pic.twitter.com/YCJVBdOWX7— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016
Tyson would later release his own rebuttal track, titled "Flat to Fact", which featured the lovely lyric,
"It's a fundamental fact of calculus and non-Euclidean geometry: Small sections of large curved surfaces will always look flat to little creatures that crawl upon it ... And by the way, this is called gravity,” after which he dropped his mic.
There are some celebrities that don’t acknowledge the fact that the Earth is round and instead try to see “both sides” of the story. WWE wrestler AJ Styles is one such person.
In an interview on Talking Smack, Styles said this little gem: "I do not think the world is flat, I'm just saying there's some stuff about it. That's all. I'm not a Flat Earther. I'm just saying there's some things about it that make sense. I don't think you can handle it. That's pretty much it.”
He never elaborated on what parts of Flat Earth make sense or why we couldn’t handle it, but whatever it was, We're sure it was dumb.
When Sherri was just starting as co-host of The View, she had a bit of a moment when she said, "Is the world flat? I don't know. I've never thought about it. Is the world flat? I've never thought about. I'll tell you what I have thought about: how I'm going to feed my child. 'Is the world flat' has never been an important thing to me."
She later clarified that her intent was to point out that "large concepts" like whether or not the Earth round is just irrelevant to her, but come on. Spend any time in a public school science classroom and this should be a really easy test question.
It’s terribly sad that for some people the question is a debatable topic.
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