Flat Earthers Spend $20,000 Trying to Prove Earth Is Flat, Accidentally Prove It’s Round
In recent years, Flat Earth communities have emerged all over the globe.
The Flat Earth theory suggests that our planet isn’t sphere-shaped like what they told us in school or what a number of famous physicists and historians have proved, but it is rather disk-shaped. In other words, people who believe in this theory are firmly convinced that the Earth is flat.
However, while spending the massive amount of $20,000 to prove that the Earth is flat, the believers in this theory accidentally proved it’s actually round.
In the 2018 Netflix documentary ‘Behind the Curve’ which revolves around the concept that the Earth is shaped like a disc, it was accidently proven that the theory is wrong.
As per Healthy Food House, Bob Knodel, a Flat Earth YouTube channel host, spent $20,000 on a gyroscope to prove our planet is flat. But instead of confirming his belief, he unintentionally debunked it.
A gyroscope is a special device that measures or maintains orientation and angular velocity. Despite the Earth’s rotation, it always stays in one position. With the movement of the planet, the gyroscope leans off-axis, showing its curvature. Due to their precision, gyroscopes have many applications, including in inertial navigation systems, such as in the Hubble Telescope.
As Tripple M reports, Mr. Knodel explained:
“What we found is, when we turned on that gyroscope, we found that we were picking up a drift. A 15-degree per hour drift.”
After realizing what they have just discovered, the flat-earther admits that he was ‘taken aback’ by the team’s findings.
‘Wow, that’s kind of a problem.’
Bob Knodel then claims that he and his fellow flat-earthers couldn’t accept what they have found, so they ‘started looking for ways to disprove it was actually registering the motion of the Earth’.
Discussing the shocking discovery with another believer of the Flat-Earth theory, Knodel said:
“We don’t want to blow this, you know? When you’ve got $20,000 in this freaking gyro. If we dumped what we found right now, it would be bad? It would be bad. What I just told you was confidential.”
As a result of their revelation, instead of admitting their theory might be flawed, the Flat Earth community chose to close their eyes.
Opposing to the Flat Earth concept, the famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson told Star Talk:
“For me, the fact that there’s a rise of flat-earthers is evidence of two things. One: We live in a country that protects free speech. And two: We live in a country with a failed educational system. Our system needs to train you not only what to know but how to think about information, and knowledge, and evidence. If you don’t have that kind of training, you’d run around believe anything.”
Overall, without individuals curious enough to question what most of humanity blindly believes in, the world would never have gotten this far. So, even if flat-earthers sound bizarre to most of us, and even after they proved themselves wrong, they still dared to express their beliefs and test their theory.
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