After the serious news we reported earlier today, it’s time to lighten things up a bit. The Week is the digital version of what used to be a British print magazine. They have this headline: Rapper BoB claims Earth is flat and a conspiracy is hiding the truth. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
US hip-hop artist Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, better known as BoB, has provoked amusement and ire on Twitter with his claim that the Earth is flat and that there is a conspiracy to deny the “truth”.
A hip-hop artist, flat Earth, conspiracy, Twitter — this is exactly what we’re in the mood for. Here’s more:
“A lot of people are turned off by the phrase ‘flat earth’ … but there’s no way u can see all the evidence and not know… grow up,” he wrote.
Yeah — grow up! Let’s read on:
He has also posted a variety of “evidence” for his claims, ranging from spurious geometry to photos of horizons with no visible curvature.
Hey — he’s got evidence! We continue:
Asked why no edge of the Earth had ever been discovered, he replied: “Have u been to the edge? or is that what your science book told you?”
Good response! Now it gets serious:
Among those answering his claims is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who corrected the rapper’s geometry. In his argument, BoB said the world must be flat because otherwise it would be impossible to see Manhattan from Bear Mountain, 60 miles away, as the curvature of the Earth’s surface “should” hide 170ft of the city, measuring from the ground up.
Wow! How could Tyson possibly refute that? We’re told:
In response, Tyson explained that the curvature, in fact, blocks 150ft of the view, not 170, but that most buildings in Manhattan were far taller than 170ft and hence visible from the hill.
But as you’ll see, Tyson was a gentleman about it:
However, he added some words of comfort for the rapper. “Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music,” he wrote.
Nicely done! Then the story takes a swipe at the US:
BoB is not alone in his beliefs: according to The Guardian, he is “following in the footsteps of the recent flat-Earthers trend” which has “been gaining ground in the US as of late”, alongside creationism.
Egad! The flat-Earthers are gaining ground? They can’t gain too much, or they’ll fall off the edge. The article ends with another strange tale:
Last February, a Saudi Arabian cleric, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, also achieved notoriety on the internet after a video of him telling students the Earth was stationary and orbited by the sun went viral.
They give us a link to that story: Saudi cleric ‘proves’ the Earth does not rotate – video, but we can only handle one of these things at a time, so this is where we’ll end.
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