It's flat I tell you
Tell you what, why don't you go find the edge and come back and tell me all about it when you do?
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"
"More And More Americans Are Starting To Believe Earth Is Flat"
"A lot of people believe in Flat Earth Theory."
Depends on the definition of a lot. 10?
Most professed flat earthers are very smart and much more educated than the normal person and also smart asses who enjoy trolling.
More and more people are having fun by claiming to be flat earthers? Sure.
That old lady won the tortoise debate by invoking an infinite series.
In their article "a lot" is two people, a rapper and an NBA player, both with a long history of saying outrageous things.
So total so far: 0
The key question is what do 'the powers who know the truth' gain from this purported worldwide conspiracy?
There's a show stopping problem for flat earthers.
The issue - they can never be debunked. Basically a space mission is such a large scale undertaking that they'll always have a reason to claim that the data or the pictures were faked.
If you do a photo mission on the cheap such as the high school kids who have sent up GoPros on balloons to 20+ miles, and the photos clearly show the earth's curvature - flat earthers will always claim that the pictures of a curved horizon are due to lens distortion.
The resources required to properly "test" the flat earth hypothesis - such as launching a crowd funded space photography mission - are so huge for even a basic test, that no flat earther will accept the results.
You can't get 10 average people whose word might be accepted by the community to crowdfund a rocket probe because it would take 100x the cash that they have available, and the flat earthers won't accept the participation of anyone wealthy (they'll claim that the data is faked.)
This conspiracy theory is going to stay around for awhile. There's no way to get rid of it (except by, say, killing all flat earthers.)
I'm making this too hard. Once again RC cuts through the noise.
> More and more people are having fun by claiming to be flat earthers? Sure.
I've done a space balloon launch. It was TONS of fun. The tracking through the national network of private packet data relays was great since I hadn't know that even existed. Real time updates of path on a map! Had to get an amateur radio license to do it legally. Got the telemetry and instrumentation package really small.
I also have simulated a space balloon using a 3D game engine. When above a flat earth, I get the same curves! Fuck!