Class Warfare Blog

November 28, 2017

Proving the World is Flat

Filed under: Education,Religion,Science — Steve Ruis @ 8:54 am
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It is somehow a newsworthy item that a gentleman wants to launch himself into the upper atmosphere to prove the Earth is flat. Why this is newsworthy is beyond me. There are crazy people everywhere.

If you are a person who believes the world is flat (it looks flat, doesn’t it), there are a number of simple things you can do in lieu of shooting oneself into the upper atmosphere. Here are a few.

  1. At 2 or 3 o’clock in the afternoon, telephone someone half way around the world. They will be mightily pissed to you for waking them up, it being deep into the night where they are (2 or 3 o’clock in the morning)! If the Earth were flat, the sun would rise and set at the same time (roughly, ignoring refraction effects) everywhere.
  2. Go outside at night and observe the Southern Cross in the “heavens.” Unless you live in the Southern hemisphere (below the equator) the Southern Cross is a constellation that cannot be seen. This is because “straight” up points in quite different directions around the globe.
  3. Try to sell winter clothing right now in Australia. The Australians will ignore you because it is late spring there right now and summer is coming. If the Earth were flat it would be the same season everywhere simultaneously.
  4. Set a camera up to take a photo in the direction of the sun once a week at the same time. Overlay the results and what you will get is shown in the photo (the white stripes are made by leaving the lens open for a time and showing the path of the Sun in the Sky on three occasions, the angle is an indicator of your latitude on the globe). If the Sun were orbiting a flat earth, you would not get this pattern. The pattern you would get depends on whether the flat disk Earth is rotating but you wouldn’t get this pattern. This pattern stems from the fact that the Earth’s rotational axis tilts 23.5 degrees relative the plane it revolves around the sun. As the Earth nods to the Sun then away, the angle the Sun appears in the sky changes.
  5. Go to an observatory and ask to be shown the planets. All of them, including the Sun, rotate on an axis. (Galileo used one of the first telescopes to show the moons of Jupiter actually move around Jupiter.) You might want to ask why it is that Earth is the only one that does not, but don’t ask the astronomers as they will have trouble recovering from laughing their asses off.

You do not need a rocket to show the Earth is flat or round, you just need the ability to communicate. The Greeks did this about 2300 years ago. They measured the shadows of a stick stuck straight into the ground at quite different locations and found that the stick cast a different length shadow at roughly the same time (being determined when the sun is highest in the sky, aka local “noon”). If the Earth were flat, the shadow would be the same length at the same time everywhere. The Greeks used the differences in the lengths of the shadow to calculate the size of the Earth and came quite close to the modern value.

Maybe this doesn’t appeal to people who believe the Earth is flat because, well: math. It is hard and makes them tremble with fear. The other thing that seems to be the case of these people is that they cannot get up off of their fat assess and research the proofs. It only requires an Internet search … and some thought.

13 Comments »

  1. One cool thing about living in Panama was seeing the southern cross and the North Star at the same time. Pays to be in the middle of all the Tierra plana. On another note, he will prove it’s flat if he tries hard enough, words everything to favor his thinking, and publishes his work with the right people, the saga will continue. You can’t shake faith with facts man. Haven’t you learned anything yet?

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    Comment by jiminpanama — November 28, 2017 @ 9:26 am | Reply

  2. Oh yeah? If the earth’s not flat, then explain this lunar eclipse! Checkmate, sciency guy.

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    Comment by john zande — November 28, 2017 @ 10:03 am | Reply

    • Oh wow. I’m convinced.

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      Comment by Nan — November 28, 2017 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

    • That’s very Niburistic

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      Comment by jimi — November 28, 2017 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

    • Do you mean the Moon is flat, too? Oh, no! How did they get sideways from us?

      On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 10:03 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 28, 2017 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

      • Pizza-pan shape, Einstein… And not one of those fancy thick pan ones, just your plain old traditional thin-style, as the Good Lord intended it.

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        Comment by john zande — November 28, 2017 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

        • Brings a whole new interpretation to the “Earth’s Crust.”

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — November 28, 2017 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

          • You, sir, just won the Internet.

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            Comment by john zande — November 28, 2017 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

            • Lordy, lordy, I must thank all of the little people who helped me on the way up and my sponsors and my eighth-grade English teacher and … (What, I am out of time? where’s that music coming from? WTF?)

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — November 28, 2017 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  3. I am going to write a little now and then. I value your opinions if you would be so kind to take a look. Jim https://thecommonathiest.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/what-do-you-want-to-believe/

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    Comment by jimi — November 28, 2017 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  4. I agree with another comment on this clown who wants to use a home made rocket to blast off and prove the earth is flat. Apparently, he is using an old Winnebago as his launch vehicle. That other person said the guy would be better off just driving the old motor home to the edge of the planet and taking a photo of said edge. Beats using some bloody damn home made rocket, fewer explosions.
    Oh, wait, he may want to get one of those Darwin Awards, the ones they get for dying while doing something really stupid.
    Yo each his own, just hope he doesn’t harm any others when/if he actually tries this idiotic stunt.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 29, 2017 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

    • Some people … apparently … aren’t getting enough attention. Maybe the guy should run for president.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 30, 2017 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  5. Here’s proof!! This is the kind of salesman crap we’re dealing with. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1934088070243911&id=1449429422043114

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    Comment by jimin — December 2, 2017 @ 1:21 pm | Reply


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