If you want proof that we’re living in a ‘post-truth’ world, just head over to YouTube and search the term, ‘Flat Earth’.
Then feel your jaw hit the floor as you realise how many people there are who honestly believe that the Earth isn’t a globe in space, but instead some sort of pancake under a dome.
‘Modern’ Flat Earthers tend to be internet-savvy, with many pointing to an eBook by Eric Dubay, entitled 200 Proofs the Earth is Not a Spinning Ball.
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YouTube is filled with strange videos where people ‘prove’ the Earth is flat – and explain bizarre conspiracy theories about how Antarctica is in fact an ice wall, or that the sun is at the same level at the clouds.
Even more bizarrely, several celebrities have either ‘come out’ fully as Flat Earthers – or admitted that they’re interested.
Here’s some of the biggest celebs who have claimed (or hinted) that the Earth might actually be flat.
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff
Former England cricketer ‘Freddie’ Flintoff revealed last month that he was obsessed with a podcast called the Flat Earthers – and coming round to their ideas.
Flintoff said, ‘If you’re in a helicopter and you hover why does the Earth not come to you if it’s round?
‘Why, if we’re hurtling through space, why would water stay still? Why is it not wobbling? Also if you fire a laser about 16 miles, if the world was curved, you shouldn’t be able to see it but you can.’
He even claims to be warming to the idea of a global conspiracy to conceal the truth (something that Flat Earthers are naturally very fond of).
He said, ‘The middle is the North Pole, around the outside is the South Pole which is like a big wall of ice. This is why all governments now have bases on the South Pole.’
Is he actually serious – or just after a bit more traffic to his own podcast? That remains to be seen.
In 2015, American rapper B.o.B. – aka Bobby Ray Simmons Jr – revealed on Twitter that he was a Flat Earther.
Simmons said, ‘No matter how high in elevation you are…the horizon is always eye level…sorry cadets…I didn’t wanna believe it either.’
‘Don’t believe what I say, research what I say. I’m going up against the greatest liars in history … you’ve been tremendously deceived.’
Simmons has since engaged in online debates with scientists, and attempted to raise funds for a rocket mission to establish whether the Earth is, in fact, flat.
Former reality show star and model Tila Tequila is perhaps less of a surprising Flat Earth believer – as she’s known for bizarre and disturbing behaviour.
She was thrown off Celebrity Big Brother after images surfaced of herself dressed as a scantily clad Nazi in front of an image of the Auschwitz death camp.
She also wrote a blog post entitled, ‘Why I sympathise with Hitler.’
She Tweeted questions about the Earth being round – asking why buildings in New York would stand straight up, rather than tilt, if Earth was flat.
In one outburst, she said, ‘I WILL STOP MY #FLATEARTH TALK IF SOMEONE CAN SEND ME A GOD DAMN PHOTO OF THE HORIZON WITH A CURVATURE!’
Kyrie Irving and Draymond Green
American basketball star Kyrie Irving has repeatedly said that the Earth is flat in podcasts and interviews, saying, The Earth is flat… I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.’
He’s since doubled down on his claims in interviews – although he emphasises the fact that he just wants to ‘make people think’.
The Boston Celtics player said, ‘When I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, not one real picture of Earth – and we haven’t been back to the moon since 1961 or 1969 – it becomes like conspiracy, where you start thinking, “OK, let me question this.”’
Irving also questioned details about the moon landings saying, ‘Do you know they filmed the actual spacecraft leaving from the moon, right? Who the hell is filming that?’
In the wake of Kyrie Irving’s comments, several other NBA players came to his defence, claiming that there was a possibility he was right.
Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green saying: ‘I can make a round picture with my iPhone today on the panorama camera and make it look round.
‘So, I don’t know. I’m not saying I think it’s flat or round. I don’t know but it could be.’
George Bernard Shaw
Playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw is often touted by Flat Earth believers as one of their own – due to a quote lifted from his play Saint Joan.
Sadly for the Flat Earth brigade, this is an outrageous example of cherrypicking quotes – because the very next line says, ‘I must not, by the way, be taken as implying that the earth is flat.’
Did the Nobel prize winner really believe the Earth is flat? Of course not.