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No, The Earth Isn't Flat. Idiots.

Flat Earth TheoryWhen I first heard people were discussing this topic on social media, I thought it was a hoax. I thought it was one of those sarcastic troll hashtags that were being used sarcastically. Then the truth hit me. People are this stupid. People are this incoherently unattached to the world of science and history. People are so dense, so ignorant, so pathetically unintelligent, that they believe that the Earth is flat.

The rapper B.o.B (whom I’ve never heard of before this event, great first impression) stirred up the controversy with social media posts declaring that the Earth is flat, citing that NASA fooled the entire world in 1969 by “faking the historic moon landing.” Now, this could have been ignored. People could have laughed it off and claimed celebrity stupidity. It could have been swept under the rug, alongside the early stages of Donald Trump’s campaign in the Entertainment category of online newspapers. But guess what? Fans of B.o.B. decided to be, as the rapper would call, “sheeple”. They blindly agreed with him just because either like him as a person or his music. Welcome to society!

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the renowned and highly respected astrophysicist, responded with logic and reason in an attempt to show B.o.B. the error of his ways. What happened? What usually happens on social media, of course! B.o.B. wouldn’t back down, making things worse for him. A furious twitter rage, a flood of incoherent science denial, occurred on January 25th. He argued, nonstop, that the Earth has to be flat. What did he cite? “The horizon looks flat”, “NASA faked the moon landing”, etc.

Please take in mind this rapper, B.o.B., is also a Holocaust denier. The media has tended to ignore this piece of information in favor of simply ridiculing the Earth is Flat Theory. But let’s not use the term theory here, it should be called the Earth is Flat Myth.

Here are three simple sources for you (if you’re a believer in the Earth is Flat Myth). If that’s the case, you should read them. If you can even read.

The Absurdity Behind Flat Earth Conspiracy Theorists

How the Ancients Disproved the Earth is Flat Theory

Eratosthenes Proved That The Earth is Not Flat

Do you know who believed the Earth was flat? Ancient Greece before the Classical Period of wisdom and knowledge. You know, where a lot of the basis of human society tends to come from. Very Ancient Mesopotamia thought it, but that’s a primitive society that didn’t know what the sun was. Some segments of Ancient Egypt show us the flat Earth belief, but are we going to believe people who thought the heart was the brain?

The ancient Norse and Germanic peoples believed in a flat Earth cosmography with the Earth surrounded by an ocean. You know what else the ancient Norse people believed in? That within the world-encircling ocean sat a snake called Jormungandr, who plays a role in the myth of “Thor’s Fishing Trip.”

Politifact’s Rating: The Earth Isn’t Flat

Rapper B.o.B. said, “You’ve been tremendously deceived” by people who say the Earth is not flat.

The world’s scientists have gathered proof that the Earth is round for centuries. Now that we’re in an age where we can view the Earth from space, we can say with certainty that our planet is spherical. Even without a spaceship, we can see the effects of a round Earth by watching a ship on the horizon or looking out of an airplane window on a clear day. B.o.B.’s claim is Pants on Fire!

There is a major difference between finishing school and acquiring an education. B.o.B. has become the perfect example of this difference. You can finish school without acquiring an education. If you believe in the satirical “Earth is Flat” ideology, then you obviously don’t see the history and science unfold right before your eyes. No, there isn’t a “glass dome” above us. No, there isn’t a flat world. Want some evidence a third grader can understand? Time zones, seasons, day and night cycles, and the fact that you can go around the earth without falling off the edge.

To B.o.B., I hope this was a failed attempt to gain popular media attention to sell more albums. I really hope you’re not this arrogant towards science, logic, philosophy, and history. I hope this is a social experiment gone wrong. But if that is the case, just how good can your music even be if you’re this desperate for attention?

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6 Comments

  1. Diane Brander

    Yip, I have to say that throughout your article I was taking the cynical view that he’s just trying to draw attention to himself to sell records. I’ve never heard of him either.

  2. Sean Munger

    I’m glad you mentioned that he’s a Holocaust denier–you’re right that the media has been carefully avoiding reporting that fact. If you look at the larger picture, B.o.B.’s beliefs are far from just a silly lapse of science-illiterate ignorance. It’s indicative of a seriously twisted worldview tainted in all its parts with conspiracist thinking and authoritarianism. People who believe the Earth is flat just don’t believe that. They also almost always believe that Jews secretly run the world, that 9/11 was an inside job, feminism is an evil plot against men, we should return to the gold standard, etc. This worldview is the bedrock foundation of destructive movements of all stripes, from neo-Nazis to MRAs to militia extremists and anti-vaxxers and everything in between. I wish the commonalities between various people who espouse these kinds of beliefs was more well-known.

    • Joseph Kaminski

      So many holocaust deniers and flat earth believers have been commenting here and on Instagram. I’ve been deleting them all. So I’m glad someone appreciates it out of the bunch that’s read this post.

      • Sean Munger

        Unfortunately the Alex Jones crowd is very militant and they love to troll on social media. Good luck getting rid of them, they’re like a plague of little bitey flies.

  3. Goblin 2.0

    But like, maybe the Earth is actually a triangle and both of them are wrong???

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I’m a writer and historian. Simple enough, right? I enjoy philosophy, sociology, social psychology, politics, basic programming, statistics, and old books.

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