There are people out there, supposedly educated and rational thinking adults, who believe with all their hearts that the Earth we inhabit is actually flat. Now it’s hard for us to imagine that even with all the scientific evidence we have which proves that the earth is, in fact, a globe, that folks could still believe this but they do. And in fact, according to the Flat Earth Society, their membership continues to grow.
People who believe in this theory, which they maintain is the biggest conspiracy ever, contend that the earth exists on one giant flat plane, with the North pole in the center and a giant wall of ice around the circumference. This wall of ice is what stops us from going over the edge. They are also trying to convince other people that NASA and the world leaders are trying to hide this fact from us, leading to a cover-up of astronomical proportions. They make loads of compelling yet ultimately incorrect arguments and encourage people to research the matter for themselves.
But maybe the most laughable aspect of their argument is their memes. I’m no scientist, but if you're promoting a theory at least have something to back it up with because these are just stupid AF.
15 Sea Level = See Level? Who Dreams This Stuff Up?
When their flaky arguments fail Flat Earthers often turn to pictures to try and make a convincing argument and the “flat line in a sphere” or “see level equals sea level” are among their all-time favorites. Let’s try and use our brains here for a second. There are flat surfaces on Earth, but the horizon is not one of them. It looks flat to us because of our size in relation to the earth, which is massive, too huge for us to even comprehend. The fact is that you need to get up to an altitude of around 10,600m to observe the subtle curvature of the Earth and then you’d still need a cloud free horizon and a wide field of view to see it clearly.
It’s all a matter of our own perspective so don’t fall for weak arguments like this.
14 Why Aren’t The Star Constellations Changing?
Again this silly meme all boils down to perspective. As human beings, we can barely comprehend the size of our own planet (some of us can’t even comprehend the shape of our planet) let alone the astronomical size of space. Along with not being able to comprehend size, we also cannot comprehend time. For us, a lifespan of 80 years feels like a long time, but in the enormity of space 80 years is merely a blip on the radar.
The stars we see in the sky are not close by, to begin with, and yes, everything is moving. But we’ve only been observing the stars for a few thousand years and that’s no time at all in the universe. If you have a few hundred thousand years to sit around and wait, you will see the constellations change. I know it’s difficult Flat Earthers but try to keep up.
13 Try And Prove The Earth Is A Globe
Okay, so here’s what happened – I put this meme to the test. I approached the flat earth theory with an open mind, the same way that I try to look at most conspiracy theories, no matter how wild. I took the time to try and understand the argument from both sides and I set out to prove to myself that the earth was a globe. I did the research as they suggested and guess what? I didn’t become a Flat Earther! Thank goodness for that, I don’t think I could stand the ridicule.
My point is this: yes, you should challenge yourself and you should not believe everything people tell you. Wild conspiracy theories have turned out to be true in the past so you should try to remain objective. But when the scientific facts are right in front of your face you should use them too!
12 This Must Be Proof, Right?
Sometimes it can appear (in photos like this) that the clouds are behind the sun. This confuses people because of course the sun is meant to be 93 million miles away so they take this as proof that the Earth is flat and that the sun is far closer than we have been led to believe.
This is what is known as an optical illusion people. When you photograph the sun, which is incredibly bright, it appears flat white because that is the maximum brightness the camera can handle. If there is something transparent in front of the sun, like clouds, it will let light through, which makes it appear, in that moment, that the clouds are behind the sun. It takes about two minutes to wrap your mind around this one, a bit longer if you are a Flat Earther.
11 Now Do You See?
If the purpose of this meme was to try and make me understand why NASA and world powers would lie to me about the shape of my planet then all I can say is that they have failed – dismally.
Flat Earthers believe that the flat plane we live on is encased in a dome (sometimes referred to as the Firmament or The Vault of Heaven), a realm overseen by God. And if you are wondering (like I was) about why our planet would be the only one that looks this way don’t worry they have an answer for that too. Their argument is that we have only ever seen round planets, therefore we think that only round planets exist. They would like us to believe that we are special and not a random occurrence created by the Big Bang.
10 If The Earth Was Round The Oceans Would Look Like This
Okay, let’s try and understand what the Flat Earthers are trying to prove with this picture. They are basically saying that if the Earth really is round that all the water on the planet would pool in the lower hemisphere. They are trying to make us believe that the fact that all bodies of water on Earth are flat on the surface must mean that the Earth itself is also flat, otherwise, rivers would need to run uphill, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the force of gravity. An object with mass has gravity. Earth has mass, therefore also gravity. The oceans are attracted by gravitational force to the Moon and do move toward the moon (hence the tides) but because the earth has more mass and is closer, the oceans do not escape Earth, or “pool together”.
9 Every Photo Of Earth From Space Is Faked
So Flat Earthers will delight in telling you that NASA has admitted that they Photoshop photos of Earth. This is 100% true. Photographing something as massive as Earth is not such an easy task, it’s like taking a panoramic photo on a massive scale so it shouldn’t surprise us to know that they need to work on the images before releasing them. But here’s the thing; changing the contrast and adjusting the colors is not the same as changing the shape!
The claim that there are no real photos of earth from space is just bogus. There are hundreds of photos, some of them even dating back to before we even had equipment capable of creating fake images.
And finally, Flat Earthers, even if you could prove all these photos are fake that would just suggest that the earth might not be round. It still doesn’t prove it’s flat. Show me a picture from space of a flat plane earth and then we can talk again.
8 They Really Use This Argument
I actually feel a little sad when I see memes like this one because they remind me that even though we are living in a world where information is so freely available people still choose to be ignorant.
Okay, so Flat Earthers want to use the fact that two people in different countries can see the sun at the same time as proof that the Earth is flat and that the sun is actually directly above us. I’m not sure if this is because they are not able to grasp how the Earth moves around the sun, but here is a simple debunk: if this was truly the case then we would be able to see the sun even at night. Think of being in a theater with a strong light source, even if the light is not shining on you, the light source is still visible right? If the world was a flat plane, then the same would be true.
7 We’ve All Been Indoctrinated!
Here's a tip Flat Earthers – if you don’t have a clue about science, then you should probably consult someone who does before making memes like this. Because this is the sort of thing that makes you the brunt of our jokes.
Advocates for the flat earth theory also don’t believe in gravity by the way. Yep, you heard me, it’s all a lie. These are quotes directly from an official flat earth website: “Gravity as a theory is false. Objects simply fall," and “What is certain is sphere earth gravity is not tenable in any way shape or form”. So yeah, I don’t know what we’ve been doing all these years, but according to them, gravity is bogus. Sorry, Mr. Newton, the apple just fell, it must be magic or something.
6 A Flat World That Goes On Forever
So if you’ve been wondering how the earth “really” looks then check out this meme – according to the Flat Earthers, this is a true representation of the world. Apparently, a huge wall of ice surrounds the circumference of our flat plane, which I guess is there to keep us from falling off the edge. And we’re not moving through space either that is also part of the big lie. We are completely stationary.
The argument becomes even more outrageous, some flatists also claim that the Earth continues on indefinitely. I’m not sure how this fits in with the “dome” but yeah, you need to suspend all ties with logic and reason to try and wrap your mind around this. Apparently, they even have some math theory to explain this which is strange considering how they ignore most other forms of science.
5 One Does Not Simply Become A Flat Earther
When in doubt the Flat Earthers resort to using good old Eddard Stark memes. If they could actually use them correctly that would be great but alas, that is also not the case.
When making a bold statement like “There is no proof of curvature of the Earth” as this meme does, you must have your facts straight. There is proof, mountains of evidence collected over hundreds of years that proves that the Earth is not, as these people would like you to believe, a strange flat disc suspended in some type of dome. But I’ll tell you what is suspended – their hold on reality. How else can you explain a group of people that choose to disbelieve science and invent wild conspiracy theories to try and prove their argument?
4 Flat Earthers Be Like...
Flat Earth theorists believe that the Earth is spread out over a large disk and doesn’t look like a planet at all. And what’s more, they believe that the knowledge of the real shape of the planet is being hidden from the people of Earth. Apparently, if we all knew the truth our heads would explode or something. That’s why we are taught the “lie” about a globe Earth because it is more comforting to us. I do agree ever so slightly with this, I do feel much better about the Earth being round than I would if it was just a weird flat-topped chunk, as depicted in this picture. But would we all lose our sanity if we found out that it was in fact, another shape (it’s not but let’s just imagine for a moment)? No, we’d post about it on social media and get on with our lives.
3 Of Course, It’s All Just A Conspiracy
Some people look to the Bible to prove that the earth is really a flat plane covered with a dome. Yes, there are verses that talk about the “four corners” of the earth, but this seems a little flaky to base a scientific argument on don’t you think? That being said, there are people who choose to take the word of a historical book over glaring scientific data. They believe that everything in the Bible is factual and maintain that it should be taken seriously. What they tend to forget is that the Bible was written by people and those people also brought their own perspective to their writing.
When other people try to make an argument, they hit back with memes like this and it’s actually just sad.
2 Don’t Ask Any Questions Okay?
Okay, I admit that I didn’t get this one at first. I mean, yes, I would have some of those questions, but why would someone go to so much trouble not to have to answer them? It’s not like human beings are used to knowing everything, we still don’t understand a lot of what is happening around us and we seem to be taking it alright.
So I visited an official flat earth website and these are the reasons they think no one wants us to know that the earth is flat:
1. The authorities realized that the earth was flat and that we couldn’t go into space so they faked the moon landing (of course) and now the governments need to keep up the round earth farce to maintain legitimacy.
2. To hide the truth of the Bible.
3. They want to use the resources of space budgets to accumulate power and wealth.
I couldn’t even make this stuff up.
1 Let’s Rather Not
So Flat Earthers believe that we have been lied to since we were toddlers. We are taught the round earth concept from a very young age and this is why we are so unwilling to change our minds now. They would like to see us “teaching the controversy” in our schools so that kids can make up their own minds. Um, yeah, I don’t think so.
But what about the proof I hear you ask? What about the ISS? What about astronauts and satellites? Those are all lies too, according to them. The ISS doesn’t really exist, it’s just a group of actors in a zero gravity environment and every single astronaut has been sworn to secrecy about the flatness of the earth. And those satellites that you see overhead (you know, the ones that help you navigate) those are just pseudolites placed there to fool us. It’s a weird conspiracy-fuelled world that these Flat Earthers live in.