It’s hard to imagine that in 2017 there are still people who believe the earth is flat. There are actually thousands of people who believe that the concept of a spherical earth is just a massive lie that has been told for hundreds of years, and any evidence supporting a spherical earth is fabricated.
Flat-earthers have been popping up in the news a lot recently, as some of their videos trying to “prove” their theory have gone viral. The latest involved a flat-earther accosting a Nasa employee at Starbucks.
In a recent video, Thompson causes a major scene in a Starbucks where he confronted and began berating a NASA employee. Before Thompson began recording, it seemed that he and the NASA employee briefly spoke and the employee even gave Thompson some NASA stickers. But when Thompson turned the camera on, the mood drastically changed.
“I’m here with a real NASA employee,” Thompson said in the video. “A legit NASA employee … And I asked him. I said, uh, astronauts have almost died in space. Uh, they get water in their suit and they almost drowned and he said it was because of saliva. This guy right here, hang on, I’m gonna wait for him to get to the front of the line, and then I’m gonna ask him some more questions.”
When Thompson refers to astronauts drowning in space, he is referring to 2013 incident involving Italian astronaut, Luca Parmitano. During a spacewalk, Parmitano’s helmet began to fill with water because of a leak in his suit. Because of how gravity affects water in space, it floated upwards covering the orifices of his face. NASA aborted the spacewalk and Parmitano was brought back to the ship, shaken, but safe.
So, Thompson starts going after this poor NASA employee trying to ask him questions about this spacewalk. The man is just standing in line, trying to order his coffee. After the man refuses to speak to him, Thompson becomes even more confrontational. Then Thompson cuts the line and goes to stand directly next to the NASA employee.
After Thompson got kicked out, he continued his tirade outside. The entire thing was very difficult to watch:
“Well, I just got kicked out of Starbucks for asking a NASA employee questions, cause he’s lying. He’s a blatant liar. What a joke that was! Now we’re outside. Beautiful America. Man, that was ridiculous. I got NASA frigging stickers from the NASA employee, guys! And then I start asking him questions and he told me to go outside of Starbucks; I’m frigging shaking. Oh my lord.”
Many people were shaking after watching this video too, but it was mostly because of Thompson’s overwhelming ignorance and his abusive treatment of the NASA employee. The video, which got over 550,000 views, got over 15,500 dislikes compared to 338 likes.
Sadly, there are thousands of people, who like Thompson, believe the Earth is flat. Many of those people belong to the Flat Earth Society. It is a real organization, and they really believe this.
“The Flat Earth Society mans the guns against oppression of thought and the Globularist lies of a new age. Standing with reason we offer a home to those wayward thinkers that march bravely on with REASON and TRUTH in recognizing the TRUE shape of the Earth – Flat,” reads the mission statement on their website. "Come join us in our forums and get started learning about the greatest lie ever told.”
Flat-earthers are convinced that NASA is just a sham and that they try to fool the world into thinking that the earth is round. The purpose of the conspiracy, we don’t know. But these flat-earthers believe that all the photos of the earth’s curvature from space, like this one of the Rocky Mountains taken by astronaut Thomas Pesquet, are completely fabricated and made in Photoshop.
Thompson isn’t the only flat-earther to make headlines recently. Another self-proclaimed flat-earther, D. Marble, recently went viral after he tried to “prove” the Earth was flat with an experiment involving a spirit level and a plane. He took the level on the plane and argued that because the bubble in the level remained centered, the Earth must be flat.
Even some celebrities believe that the earth is flat. NBA star, Kyrie Irving had questioned the earth’s round shape during a podcast. Then there was that time that rapper B.o.B started posting his flat-earth conspiracy theories on social media and even got into a Twitter feud with renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Well, Tyson completely shut B.o.B and all flat-earthers down. He appeared on The Nightly Showwith Larry Wilmore and explained why the earth appears flat to “small creatures” like humans. He then said that this whole flat-earth theory is symptomatic of a greater problem in this country.
“There’s a growing anti-intellectual strain in this country that may be the beginning of the end of our informed democracy,” Tyson said. “In a free society, you can and should think whatever you want, and if you want to think the world is flat go right ahead. But if you think the world is flat and have significant influence over others, like successful rappers … or presidential candidates, then being wrong becomes being harmful.”
He then wrapped up his rebuttal to B.o.B by quoting “my man” Isaac Newton. “‘If I have seen farther than others, it’s by standing on the shoulders of giants.’ So that’s right, B.o.B, when you stand on the shoulders of those who came before, you might just see far enough to realize the earth isn’t f***ing flat.”