There’s a lot of bad information floating around out there. Some of it comes from concerted political efforts to undermine the truth, some of it comes from people who’d rather believe in religious beliefs than science, and some of it comes from just plain bizarre conspiracy theorists hellbent on spreading ignorance in their quest for “forbidden knowledge.” Don’t get me wrong, healthy skepticism is a good thing, but unhealthy skepticism… Well, it looks something like the flat-Earther movement.
Recently, flat-Earthers from around (across?) the, uh, flat Earth came together in England to celebrate their shared delusion that the Earth is smooshed flat like a tortilla.
Now, it bears pointing out that the Earth is NOT, in fact, flat but round and also that we have plenty of evidence for this concrete science fact. The fact that the Earth is round was so apparent, multiple ancient people were able to figure this out without modern technology. Alas, some people would rather live in a pizza-shaped fantasy world. Go figure.
Some flat-Earthers believe the planet is actually shaped like a disc surrounded by Antarctic ice:
But at the conference, one attendee put forward a theory that’s so absurd it’s almost beyond parody.
Ok what pic.twitter.com/RXTQIWXeUl
— ? Tom Usher ? (@tom_usher_) April 28, 2018
Because they all know you can travel east by going west, one flat-Earth “theorist” suggested that people approaching the “edge” of the Earth travel through space warps and come out on the opposite side, similar to a Pac-Man level:
Yes, really. According to The Age:
“We know that continuous east-west travel is a reality,” said the convention speaker and expert Darren Nesbit. “No one has ever come to, or crossed a physical boundary.” Nesbit himself believes he can explain why no sailor would ever fall into the abyss. He calls it the “Pac-Man effect”. In his theory, celestial bodies are able to teleport from one side of the planet to the other when they reach the horizon – just as the characters in the video game Pac-Man arrive on the right-hand side of the screen as they exit the left-hand side. “One logical possibility for those who are truly free thinkers is that space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect,” he told the convention.
So there you have it. Earth is a flat square and people who go on transcontinental flights have teleported. Or, and stay with me here, maybe the Earth is round after all! Could explain a lot!