In this episode of Life's Little Mysteries, we'll explore an idea that originated thousands of years ago, and despite plenty of scientific evidence to the contrary, it mysteriously persists today — the notion that the world is flat.
What proof do we have that tells us the Earth is round? How do flat-earthers explain lunar eclipses and equinoxes, and why we don't fall off the planet? What would happen if the Earth really was flat? Listen to Life's Little Mysteries 9: Mysterious Flat-Earthers, to find out!
We'll also hear about the late "Mad" Mike Hughes and his attempts to self-launch a rocket to see Earth's curve, and a psychology professor explains the factors that shape persistent belief in a flat Earth (and in other conspiracy theories).
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Originally published on Live Science.
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I really am amazed at the thought the earth is flat. So all the photos taken of our beautiful home, in all it's spherical wonder, are bunk? Ridiculous. And I suppose the curvature seen on Mt. Everest is an illusion? Ridiculous. I am sorry, I would not waste my breath talking to a flat earther. It's ridiculous. You need a space trip.Reply
@25:50ish... I know Pluto is small and has taken a few hits to pride recently, but to call it a dork planet? Jeanna! very unkind; I think Pluto is lovely and wonderful.Reply