Flat Earthers. This is somehow a thing. Today. It’s a fucking thing. There are people who fucking think the goddamned fucking Earth is fucking flat. In 2017.
And while this exemplary expression of Idiocracy no doubt wallows broadly in the intellectual wasteland of climate change denial, creationism, and other anti-science, anti-elite ignorance, it has some relatively high profile adherents. Specifically, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. Adherents can also claim Tila Tequila and B.o.B.
Mr. Irving infamously said a few years ago, “This is not even a conspiracy theory…The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat.”
More recently, Shaq said, “So, listen. I drive from coast to coast and this shit is flat to me. I’m just saying.”
He added, “I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity. Have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.”
THIS IS HOW WE GET ANTS, PEOPLE!
But, fine. I get it. Horizons confound you, moon phases are obtuse, the sun rising in the east and setting in the west doesn’t seem relevant, and the same goes for the stars at night. Foucault Pendulums don’t prove a thing, those pictures of a big blue marble taken from “space” are all faked, shadows are scary, and that nonsense with drains circling counter clockwise in the southern “hemisphere” is just witchcraft.
Let’s just take all that “science” stuff off the table for now. How about you rich Flat Earthers—and I’m talking to you, Messrs. O’Neal and Irving—rent a jet, fly to the edge of the Earth, and tell us what you find. Take some fucking photographs while you’re there. Show us what “they” have been lying about for centuries. Prove to us—and to yourself—that the truthiness of a Flat Earth is the real fucking deal.