New Year, New Idiots:Flat Earthers tried to sail to the edge of the world… and you can totally guess how it went

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    • #390418
      N2Doc
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      The Earth is a sphere, just like all the other planets in our solar system, the Sun, the Moon, and presumably just about every other large body in the cosmos. This is due to gravity, a force that doesn’t care about conspiracy theories or really, really bad YouTube videos, and it’s impossible to disprove because there is nothing to disprove.

       

       

      Still, that fact hasn’t stopped so-called “Flat Earthers” from doing whatever they can to shoot down the obvious truth and weave complicated and inane narratives about why the Earth being spherical is actually a conspiracy. Some even try to prove that they’re right and, well, every single one of them has failed. That didn’t matter to a couple of Flat Earthers in Italy who violated the current pandemic lockdown in an attempt to sail to the mythical “edge of the world.” Please now place your bets on whether or not they made it.

      As IFLScience reports, the pair set off from their home to prove that the edge of the world was located south of Sicily (???). Their target was the tiny island of Lampedusa, which rests in the Mediterranean Sea. There’s no clear reason why the couple believed that this island represented the edge of the planet but Flat Earthers, despite all agreeing that the Earth isn’t a sphere, can rarely agree on anything else. This isn’t a surprise.

      Anyway, the pair cruised across the sea toward what they believed was their destination. Unfortunately, their navigation skills were roughly as good as their ability to comprehend basic scientific facts, and ended up on the island of Ustica instead. Ustica is actually north of Sicily, while Lamedusa is south of it. The two geniuses managed to end up over 200 miles north of where they were trying to go.

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      https://bgr.com/2021/01/01/flat-earth-sailing-attempt-fail/

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      sonofspy777
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      pear-shaped.

      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

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      HassleCat
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      When I was a kid, before conspiracy theories gained traction, the flat earth thing was strictly for fun. Part of the fun was pretending it was serious, so they sometimes announced “major expeditions” and similar things that were always cancelled due to sea monster activity or something like that. I suspect the Italian couple were just having fun. But it’s hard to tell because the interwebs have recruited many people who take it all very seriously.

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      beeninthewoods
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      from my home, there is “world” below me and beside me, but none above me.

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