the flat earth society is meeting here todayyyyyyyyyyyy

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see the best way to prove the earth is flat with a level would be staying on the ground and placing the level on every possible point on the ground to make sure it is flat

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 21 May 2017 15:41 (four years ago) link

I don't have the data to back it up, but I feel like the overlap between flat earthers and Darwin award winners is pretty sizable.

human/hutt hybrid (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 May 2017 16:23 (four years ago) link

He appears to have literally no idea how gravity works/what it is.

chap, Sunday, 21 May 2017 16:41 (four years ago) link

xxp no no no the best way is to get a really really long level

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Sunday, 21 May 2017 17:15 (four years ago) link

Loving that he took a photo of the spirit level with in the background his iPhone - which has a spirit level.

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 21 May 2017 17:20 (four years ago) link

Though I'm sure it's a commonplace with him that technology is corrupt, only trust the pure bubble.

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 21 May 2017 17:22 (four years ago) link

"Now we take the fight to the enemy"

c (calstars), Sunday, 21 May 2017 17:27 (four years ago) link

More like twat earth society amirite

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Sunday, 21 May 2017 17:27 (four years ago) link

On another music forum I have frequented since its creation in 1999, there was a longtime member who I got on with fairly well. We had similar tastes and his attempts at making original music initially inspired my own. We never really interacted outside of the forum, but he always struck me as a very level-headed, nice guy. He did, and far as I know, still does smoke a lot of marijuana. This no doubt had an impact on his easy going nature, but probably also contributes to his, uhh, "ideas."

A month or so ago, there was a post in the off-topic forum basically poking fun at flat earthers.

In comes this guy to basically confess to being one of them. It was a shitshow of dog piling on him and him validating every reply with his own reply. Just embarrassing.

So, I guess it goes to show that even the nicest and most genuine people can be absolute morons.

Austin, Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:41 (four years ago) link

Okay, that is especially hilarious because the dude I was talking about in my previous post is Australian.

. . .or is he?????

Austin, Monday, 22 May 2017 01:12 (four years ago) link

Here's a good headline to counter:

Austin Didn't Know Australians Were Real Robots Until After He Started Reading The Internet

Austin, Monday, 22 May 2017 02:01 (four years ago) link

Did the actor playing Hugh Jackman know Australians weren't real before he began playing one?

jmm, Monday, 22 May 2017 02:07 (four years ago) link

Now you're just being silly.

Of course he did.

Austin, Monday, 22 May 2017 02:10 (four years ago) link

Oh my god, this was in the related stuff on that Indy 100 link:

https://www.indy100.com/article/flat-earth-conspiracy-theorist-spirit-level-plane-prove-curvature-7746121

Fucking excellent.

Austin, Monday, 22 May 2017 02:13 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I must admi t I'm not quite sure what motivates these folk s

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Friday, 16 June 2017 00:22 (four years ago) link

Quest for truth iirc

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 16 June 2017 07:21 (four years ago) link

everybody wants to feel special

pray for BoJo (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 June 2017 07:56 (four years ago) link

mainly it's the belief that the earth is flat iirc

Is it tied in some way to the bible or Yesus?

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Friday, 16 June 2017 12:24 (four years ago) link

wikipedia sez at least partially:

Modern flat Earth hypotheses originated with the English writer Samuel Rowbotham (1816–1884). Based on conclusions derived from the Bedford Level experiment, Rowbotham published a pamphlet Zetetic Astronomy, which he later expanded into a book Earth Not a Globe, proposing the Earth is a flat disc centered at the North Pole and bounded along its southern edge by a wall of ice, Antarctica, with the Sun and Moon 3,000 miles (4,800 km) and the "cosmos" 3,100 miles (5,000 km) above Earth.[7] He also published a leaflet titled "The inconsistency of Modern Astronomy and its Opposition to the Scriptures!!", which argued that the "Bible, alongside our senses, supported the idea that the earth was flat and immovable and this essential truth should not be set aside for a system based solely on human conjecture"[8] (see Biblical inerrancy).

Rowbotham and followers like William Carpenter gained attention by successful use of pseudoscience in public debates with leading scientists such as Alfred Russel Wallace.[9][10][11] Rowbotham created a Zetetic Society in England and New York, shipping over a thousand copies of Zetetic Astronomy.[12]

After Rowbotham's death, Lady Elizabeth Blount established a Universal Zetetic Society, whose objective was "the propagation of knowledge related to Natural Cosmogony in confirmation of the Holy Scriptures, based on practical scientific investigation". The society published a magazine, The Earth Not a Globe Review, and remained active well into the early 20th century.[13] A flat Earth journal, Earth: a Monthly Magazine of Sense and Science, was published between 1901–1904, edited by Lady Blount.[14]

flat earthers, hollow earthers, sun-orbits-around-the-earthers, i love 'em all

how could i forget young-earthers

Is it tied in some way to the bible

not really, i am reading 12th century Biblical commentary and even in that they are lolling at flat Earthers too

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 June 2017 12:32 (four years ago) link

There was an idea that the Earth must be flat or the water wouldn't flow to California.

Found it odd that my Philosophy lecturer in turn found it odd that there would be an idea that the earth might be flat before shown to be otherwise. You need an awareness of distance to come up with parallax and other proofs don't you. If you're going by sight as far as you can see stops before you register curvature.

Though the idea of a round globe heavily predates Columbus, contrary to what you hear in Primary school.

Australia takes its name from the idea of a counterweight continent to balance out the great landmass in the north dunnit? Not sure when the idea of Terra Australis first appeared though.

Stevolende, Friday, 16 June 2017 12:37 (four years ago) link

There was an idea that the Earth must be flat or the water wouldn't flow to California.

https://media.tenor.com/images/fb3f2d1e814190100a4ae401b1660d5b/tenor.gif

I mean if you say to them" ok maybe the earth is flat" so what? what happens next? teh rapture?

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Friday, 16 June 2017 12:43 (four years ago) link

just wondering what is keeping flat Earthers from embracing other antiquated worldviews. like you would think there would be a revival of Galenic/Humoral medicine. "fuck big pharma, they are hiding the truth about black bile"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 June 2017 12:45 (four years ago) link

antivaxxers aren't too far off that level of delusion really

Columbus miscalculation was based on an underestimation of how wide the circuumference of the earth was which i think was based on a Ptolemaic calculation.
I don't think people trusted massive ocean voyaging though Columbus is supposed to have followed in the wake of a cod fishery fleet. I think the discovery of the New World had a lot to do with fishing. First long term European settlements had to do with providing shelter for fishermem then provided shelter for people fleeing Europe.

& of course the Vikings had been out that way way before him, as had the Malians and the Chinese.

Stevolende, Friday, 16 June 2017 12:49 (four years ago) link

I just fell like asking"what is below flat earth? eternal dirt?

so gravity is not a force towards the centre of massive objects its just a "down" force?

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Friday, 16 June 2017 13:25 (four years ago) link

dude the earth is round but we are on the inside surface, plz keep up

mark s, Friday, 16 June 2017 13:30 (four years ago) link

or actually down

mark s, Friday, 16 June 2017 13:30 (four years ago) link

I got told that there was thought to be a force called gravity in philosophical thought way before Newton defined it. So could be a pre-Newtonian idea of the concept.

Stevolende, Friday, 16 June 2017 13:31 (four years ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes

mid third century BC, calculated the circumference of the Earth to within a few percentage points of error

pray for BoJo (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 June 2017 13:31 (four years ago) link

THE MOON IS A POTATO

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBneRdJVoAAs118?format=jpg&name=large

global tetrahedron, Friday, 16 June 2017 13:38 (four years ago) link

o shit

I heard about that Egyptian dude on a r4 program once, pretty astonishing work was that.

calzino, Friday, 16 June 2017 13:39 (four years ago) link

Could this be the secret of the Freemasons!?!

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Friday, 16 June 2017 17:17 (four years ago) link

my father-in-law's a mason and i'll be seeing him this weekend - i'll press him for details and let u know

http://i65.tinypic.com/28ipbes.png

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Friday, 16 June 2017 17:21 (four years ago) link

'is knowledge truth?'

makes u think

the fully costed masons

mark s, Friday, 16 June 2017 17:41 (four years ago) link

I was thinking earlier today of how airline routes prove a globe-shaped earth only to find out that there are MULTIPLE sites devoted to showing that they demonstrate a flat earth.

Old Lynch's Sex Paragraph (Phil D.), Friday, 16 June 2017 17:43 (four years ago) link

"20,000 volts running through it"

Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 16 June 2017 17:51 (four years ago) link

my problem with all these flat earth conspiracy videos is that they're all like 20 minutes long, c'mon, give me the good stuff in two minutes like the illuminati folks do

global tetrahedron, Friday, 16 June 2017 17:55 (four years ago) link

(xps) insert 'blue balls' joek here...

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:33 (three years ago) link

email correspondence posted on guardian writer dawn foster's twitter account:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYfR_epWAAAQTZM.jpg

"the suez canal is 100 miles long and there are no locks" is i think my favourite

mark s, Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:06 (three years ago) link

https://www.flatearthconventionuk.co.uk/

3 day convention coming up in Birmingham, with talks by many "high educated heliocentric believers". Quotes from Tesla, Socrates and Neil deGrasse Tyson on the site!

calzino, Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:19 (three years ago) link

The reality TV idea is fun, but I'm afraid that the participants will either be so suspicious of anyone involved that they would think they were being tricked whatever they were shown, or (and I reckon this is at least 80% of flat earthers) trolling.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:22 (three years ago) link

"the suez canal is 100 miles long and there are no locks" is i think my favourite


this is some kind of reverse-genius here

in conclusion, it is good to peel the sheeps (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:49 (three years ago) link

The Standedge Tunnel is the longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel in Britain. It is 5,500 yards (5,000 m) long, 636 feet (194 m) underground at its deepest point, and 643 feet (196 m) above sea level.

I have been through this, it is deep and high at the same time, this might be confusing to Flat Earthers.

calzino, Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:59 (three years ago) link

Flat Earthers not Ike and Tina fans, then?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:29 (three years ago) link

I'm more curious about Tina's take on Sir John Ramsden's very narrow canal!

calzino, Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:39 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

They still haven’t been able to get us a picture of the whole earth in one pic. I’m skeptical on space at all. Over 50 years later and still no actual proof that we’ve been out of low earth orbit

— jerry mcgregor (@benchmarksr) November 19, 2018

Karl Malone, Monday, 19 November 2018 20:19 (three years ago) link

unrelated to flat earth, but i also like this idea:

You should be asking that on a street, not at a place where around 100% will say they're ready.

— SecretAngel (@SecretAngelOp) November 19, 2018

(in response to the tweet "Raise if your hand if you're ready for humanity to wake up and start becoming a galactic civilization.")

yeah, take to the streets to ask everyone if they're ready to start becoming a galactic civilization! that's where such ideas are taken very very seriously

Karl Malone, Monday, 19 November 2018 20:21 (three years ago) link

I have never seen the back of my own head with my own eyes, whose to say its there at all, I am skectipal.

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 November 2018 20:22 (three years ago) link

We are in the version of 2001 where Dave just pees on the monolith while flipping it off.

My mother set great store by that microwave oven! (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 November 2018 20:24 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

i need some good sincere pro flat earth memes for a project (the more "sciency" and professional looking the better) - plz help??

Mordy, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:35 (two years ago) link

I sometimes think the more "sciency" and professional looking ones are likely to be spoofs.

nickn, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:53 (two years ago) link

That "suez canal has no locks" is a crackup. How does he think the ocean works!?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 28 February 2019 05:17 (two years ago) link

https://goo.gl/images/FaJ7c6

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 28 February 2019 08:15 (two years ago) link

Wait, what is the flat earth explanation for night and day? In the above model, wouldn't it be sunny 24 hours a day?

silverfish, Thursday, 28 February 2019 18:19 (two years ago) link

light switch

j., Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:57 (two years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/gpC4NVG.gif

seems plausible

lispectah deck (unregistered), Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:08 (two years ago) link

So the sun is a directional light source. Fascinating!

nickn, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:20 (two years ago) link

Kinda want to employ Karl to turn that into my next music video (just turn earth and sun into records)

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:25 (two years ago) link

Waitamo, if that gif was accurate the sun would rise in Sydney before Melbourne.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:06 (two years ago) link

another question. according to the flat earth model, are the Sun and the Moon also flat?

silverfish, Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:19 (two years ago) link

Sun and the moon are on sticks coming out of the North Pole IIRC.

There’s a great flat earth documentary on Netflix right now. The funniest bits are the flat earth scientists who go out to disprove that the earth is round and keep getting clowned by physics and reality.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:31 (two years ago) link

A pictorial representation of the sun:

https://target.scene7.com/is/image/Target/GUEST_1bf07f64-ee93-47c3-bb44-222992c638f9?wid=48&hei=488&fmt=pjpeg

nickn, Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:35 (two years ago) link

Lol, hueg and not so hueg. It's a paradox!

nickn, Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:35 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

I'll spare a drop of cheap scotch for limo driver, daredevil, and flat Earth conspiracy theorist Mike Hughes, who sought altitude on a DIY rocket to prove all prior geographers, navigators, physicists, space scientists, rocket pioneers, astronauts and modern world travellers wrong.

DAREDEVIL 'MAD' MIKE HUGHES DEAD AT 64 ...Fatal Rocket Crash Landing

tetragrammaton in vain (Sanpaku), Sunday, 23 February 2020 04:05 (one year ago) link

Dead Pool 2020

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 23 February 2020 05:19 (one year ago) link

whatever the opposite of "daredevil" is that's how i "self-style"

mark s, Sunday, 23 February 2020 11:02 (one year ago) link

He certainly dared the devil

the punk wars are over and prog rock won (Matt #2), Sunday, 23 February 2020 11:08 (one year ago) link

the flat earth claims yet another victim

Generous Grant for Stepladder Creamery (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 23 February 2020 12:04 (one year ago) link

Good thing he didn't manage to crawl round to the underside, he'd have fallen off (is that what these clowns believe?)

the punk wars are over and prog rock won (Matt #2), Sunday, 23 February 2020 12:06 (one year ago) link

turtles all the way down mate

https://moviecomicswhoswho.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/splintercomics2.jpg

mark s, Sunday, 23 February 2020 12:32 (one year ago) link

the video of the crash is quite distressing - looks like the parachute deployed on take off and then fell off, so once the rocket hit the top of it's rather steep arc, it just hurtled back into the ground at like 300 mph

ymo sumac (NickB), Sunday, 23 February 2020 12:40 (one year ago) link

:) otm

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 23 February 2020 13:14 (one year ago) link

Not to get too tin hatty, but this sounds like the work of Big Spherical to me. Possibly in collusion with Big Darwinism. Watch your backs, my climate change denying brethren, Big Global Warming will sneak skin cancer into you when you least expect it.

Expart of Languidge (Old Lunch), Sunday, 23 February 2020 13:22 (one year ago) link

Waldo Stakes, a colleague who was at the rocket launch, said Hughes, 64, was killed.

“It was unsuccessful, and he passed away,” Stakes told The Associated Press. He declined further comment.

This is what they call in the scientific community a "lose/lose."

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 23 February 2020 14:54 (one year ago) link

What a hill to die on. Desert, in this case.
Mantle?

the punk wars are over and prog rock won (Matt #2), Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:27 (one year ago) link

man the lengths the Globies will go to silence the opposition, you hate to see it

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:28 (one year ago) link

not even the best Mad Mike ffs

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:48 (one year ago) link

This comic was in today's funny pages, in one of those weird coincidences.

https://www.gocomics.com/pricklycity/2020/02/23

☮️ (peace, man), Sunday, 23 February 2020 18:15 (one year ago) link

Had no idea they were already using neural networks to generate newspaper strips. It really does look almost like something a human made!

Expart of Languidge (Old Lunch), Sunday, 23 February 2020 21:11 (one year ago) link

At any rate, this should really be a celebration of someone who died doing what he loved: engaging in reckless activities with the stated purpose of proving something deeply stupid and the implicit purpose of committing messy suicide.

Expart of Languidge (Old Lunch), Sunday, 23 February 2020 21:23 (one year ago) link

I don't have the data to back it up, but I feel like the overlap between flat earthers and Darwin award winners is pretty sizable.

― human/hutt hybrid (Old Lunch), Sunday, May 21, 2017 12:23 PM (two years ago)

Prophetic.

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Sunday, 23 February 2020 21:28 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

The flat-earth nonsense about 40 mile tall trees in that article is just a clickbait lead-in for a longer discussion about deforestation and loss of old-growth, climax forests. The proposal that 'in the Big Picture they aren't all wrong' is just the segue to keep you reading about the author's real concerns. He hopes you won't notice that he stops talking about the flat-earther idiocy that fetched you in and you'll imbibe some environmental awareness. It is a stupid rhetorical gambit that won't work nearly as well as the author hopes it will.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 13 January 2022 03:56 (six days ago) link


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