The Middle Ages called. They want their astronomy back.
It seems that an amazingly old idea is making the rounds in the United States. Contrary to all empirical evidence and some really smart guys in the fifteen and sixteenth centuries, Americans are becoming enamored of the concept that the earth is, indeed, flat. (Psst: no pointing out the mountain ranges, and oceans where land disappears the farther from shore you travel. Just go with this.)
Just in September, Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, a rapper commonly known as B.o.B, started a GoFundMe campaign to find Earth’s curve and prove once and for all if our planet is actually round. And earlier this month, 500 “flat-Earthers” gathered in North Carolina told to hold the first annual Flat Earth International Conference.
However, the conspiracy theory claiming the Earth is just a flat disc hanging in space is nothing new. The Economist found that there has been a resurgence of the belief since 2013….
According to the above data sourced from Google Trends, an unbiased sample of Google search data, searches for “flat earth” have more than tripled in the past few years.
The data indicated a spike in “flat earth” searches from roughly 30 to more than 80 in search interest when B.o.B tweeted about the conspiracy theory in January 2016
And Santa Claus lives at the North Pole.
The actual shape of the earth has been a subject of argument for millennia. And, it seems that “science” just isn’t good enough for the people who want to give conspiracy theorists a bad name. Regardless of whether or not NASA missions are real, the earth itself is round. Just the way heavenly bodies move in the sky proves that. Yes, the ground is flat in most places.
That doesn’t prove the theory, but it does ensure that there are crazy people out there who will believe just about anything despite evidence to the contrary.