To the uneducated, this is just a list. They aren’t related. They are just nouns. But, to the enlightened, this is a list of clues. These all have something in common. They collectively prove a truth that the world’s governments have been hiding for hundreds of years. Earth is flat.
Despite generations upon generations being taught that Earth is a sphere orbiting around the sun at a fixed rate, there exists a subculture in today’s society that theorize that the geocentric model of the universe is correct and Earth is a flat plane.
Looking through the annals of time you will find that for the majority of humanity on Earth, the idea was that it was flat. Before globalism, counsels of world governments, and Copernicus, everyone was in agreement about the shape of Earth. Copernicus was the first blow to Flat Earth. De Revolutionibus Orbium was published in 1543 and was the first widely published heliocentric model which had a round earth. Truly a trailblazer, he went against all of what was considered modern science and moved all of science in a different direction. Fast forward 473 years and a new trailblazer took a different approach to the shape of the earth. Rapper B.O.B. took to Twitter on January 24, 2016 with a photo to ask a simple question. Where is the curve? Following B.O.B.’s lead, other celebrities have come out in support of the flat earth. Reality star Tila Tequila, musician Thomas Dolby and NBA star Kyrie Irving are all firmly supporters of the flat earth theory.
Once you go flat, you never go back - David Thomas
David Thomas is a CEO. He runs Blackbird Manufacturing, which is centered in Kentucky. The company commercially installs granite countertops nationwide. He has two children, seven-year-old Ethan, and one-year-old Rosalie, with his wife Eve. He became aware that Earth is flat in April 2016.
Thomas said he was initially convinced by watching a video on YouTube, 200 Proofs Earth is not a Spinning Ball by Eric Dubay. “I went into it with an open mind, and I was really starting to be convinced that this was an option about a half an hour into it,” says Thomas, “A lot of these proofs really made sense to me. This opened the door to me researching it on my own.”
Thomas says that he has researched Flat Earth theory for over 400 hours since that day, and he has yet to disprove the theory.
“The first person I told when I first saw the video was my wife,” says Thomas, “I walked into the other room, and I said ‘Eve, you have to come see this right now.’ We watched it together and I could tell it really clicked for her too. She was into it.”
That night, he said, he texted one of his best friends to hang out the next day at a local bar so he could spread the good news. That next day Thomas and his friend a local bar where they would often hang out. They sat down and each got a beer. In a very serious tone, Thomas calmly told him what he believed was true. “I’m not hearing it,” he said. “The earth is not flat. I’m not going to sit here and listen to this garbage!” He was borderline screaming at this point. Thomas was trying to talk him down but he wouldn’t have it. He slammed the money for his beer on the table and stormed out. Thomas says the two haven’t really spoken since. He says this is the most extreme reaction he has ever gotten.
“He was a groomsman in my wedding,” says Thomas.
Some of the cases Thomas was more adamant about was the fact that the curvature of the Earth is never accounted for in projects spanning over great lengths, such as railroad tracks and bridges. Also, if the Earth is spinning, orbiting, and tilted on an axis, how does water ever find its level? If it were in fact moving in such ways, would water not move all over and never sit still?
Kyle MacDonald, who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, believed in the round Earth model as recently as December 2016. He acquired some fame in 2006 for his “one red paperclip” blog, which chronicled him making a series of trades starting with a red paperclip and ending with a house in Saskatchewan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, of all things, from University of British Columbia. He has a girlfriend, and together they have a 15-month-old daughter.
MacDonald stumbled into Flat Earth truths while doing his own research for something else entirely. “I started researching climate change and global warming. As I dug deeper I found stuff about how pictures from NASA were faked, and then I had to look into that.” He says that was when he was first exposed to Flat Earth theories.
“I looked into like, the moon landing and stuff like that and things didn’t add up. Then I heard people saying things like ‘the Earth is flat’ and ‘gravity doesn’t exist’ and my first thought was ‘This is the most ridiculous stuff I’ve ever heard. I’m just going to look at all of these theories.’ So I open mindedly looked at all of them and thought ‘I’ll disprove them as I go if I can.’”
MacDonald says as he went through these ideas, he found one argument that made a lot of sense to him. It is a phenomenon known as “the vanishing point.” The vanishing point is a perspective phenomenon commonly attributed to the curvature of the horizon, however, according to MacDonald and many others, if a boat goes over the side of the horizon it actually just vanishes from sight due to distance. With a camera or telescope, a person can find the boat that went “over the horizon”.
Given that MacDonald was learning about these two things at once, all signs pointed in one direction. “At the same time I was learning about how the space exploration was all faked, which was another sign. Why fake going to space unless you actually can’t? As soon as you sort of de-hypnotise your brain from thinking that flat Earth stuff is just dumb it really starts to make sense.”
Perceptions of a Flat Earth Truther
The hardest thing about Flat Earth is looking people in the eye and saying, ‘Yes, I actually believe this.’ - MacDonald
“I’m not a crazy person or anything like that. I just consider myself a free-thinker. Nothing is off-limits. If I see an idea and I think it is worth more research, I’ll do more research on it.” says
Thomas. Thomas also says he doesn’t know any other Flat Earth truthers in person, but that he spreads a lot of information on his Twitter page. “People are more open to it online it seems,” Thomas says, “In person you get a lot of the same responses, ‘that’s dumb’, ‘you’re crazy’, et cetera.”
MacDonald says when he learned what he learned about the Earth, he began telling everyone. “I put it all over the internet. I wrote it all over my Twitter and Facebook, and I lost friends over it. Not really close friends, you know, but like internet friends. People got angry about it. I don’t care. I have a close group of five-to-ten friends who have fun with it and have started looking into it too. There’s this myth that goes around that you have to be careful talking about it. No. I think it’s funny. If you have this belief, and you have the evidence to support it, why not talk about it? A lot of people think I’m joking about it, but I’m not a big prankster or anything like that.”
“You ask people how much they’ve researched it in these discussions and the answer is always zero. They don’t understand that it took dozens, hundreds of hours to break through the 37 years of being told the Earth is a sphere,” MacDonald says.
Placing humanity on a sphere that it can’t get off of is a great control technique. It teaches us to learn to be happy with what we were given instead of wanting more. - MacDonald
If the Earth is not the globe most people know it as, what is it? This is where many Flat Earthers disagree.
Thomas takes a very religious approach to the creation and shape of the Earth. “I was an atheist before I found the flat Earth. I was very science oriented. If I did believe in some ‘god’ it was more of some ‘one-ness’ new-age hippie crap. I can tell you now that the Bible lays out very specifically the Flat Earth. However, I found Flat Earth first.”
According to Thomas, the Flat Earth laid out in the Bible has been adapted into a concept called Yahweh’s Terrarium. The firmament separates where we live from “the waters above”. The zone in which we live, all life exists, and the sun and the moon also hover. According to this line of thinking the sun and the moon are much smaller than listed in textbooks, and move over the Earth on planes. Summer above the equator is when the sun’s orbit moves closer to the Tropic of Cancer and away from the Tropic of Capricorn. During winters up here and summers down there it is the inverse, with the sun moving closer to the tropic of capricorn.
“If you look at the sun and the moon, they appear to be the same size.” Thomas says, “The official explanation is that the moon is 200 times closer and smaller. That’s quite a coincidence. They teach that the Earth moves around the sun at 66,600 mph, and that every square mile the Earth curves 6.66 feet. They also teach that the Earth is on a 23.4 degree axis, which from 90 degree is 66.6 degrees.. I don’t know how familiar you are with the Bible but that number has great significance. This all has turned me from an atheist to a Bible thumper. I believe that God created this world. I believe that we are in a terrarium-type structure and God is looking down at us.”
MacDonald disagrees with this dome-like analysis. “Some people believe it’s all a simulation. Some people believe it’s a dome. Some people believe we can fall off. More people sort of see it as a closed system, which would be a dome. However, some see this Earth as having more undiscovered land, land behind Antarctica. However, the whole point is that nobody really knows.”
Both MacDonald and Thomas referenced something known as Gleason’s Map. Officially titled Gleason’s New Standard Map of the World, the two held the map in different esteems. Thomas considers this map to be the true map of the Earth with a very specific reason as to why, “If you look at the flag of the United Nations it is a Gleason’s Map. The flag of the World Health Organization: Gleason’s Map. The flag of the International Maritime Organization: Gleason’s map. These are all organizations that know the truth. The truth is printed right on their flags.”