One man has seemingly had sufficient of the Flat Earth conspiracy theories and is making an attempt to crowdfund sufficient cash to send one among them into space.
Despite overwhelming proof that the Earth is a sphere, some corners of the web nonetheless imagine that should you go to the sting, you’ll fall off.
So Marc Gauld, a self-proclaimed ‘annoyed Scot’, has determined to arrange a GoFundMe marketing campaign to increase funds to send one fortunate Flat Earther into orbit.
Gauld thinks that if one Flat Earther was in a position to see the Earth from space, they’d come again and persuade the remainder of them the Earth is spherical.
‘I have a couple of friends that are flat earthers and it drives me crazy their total nonsense that they speak,’ he advised the Scottish Daily Record.
‘They call astronauts actors who are paid to lie and that boils my blood because these are guys who barely hold down jobs and do nothing so to talk about astronauts like that I don’t know the place they get off.’
The objective of the marketing campaign has an bold £250,000 objective. Of which, £70 has been raised on the time of writing.
Gauld, an oil employee, says he has already contacted Elon Musk and Richard Branson – who run SpaceX and Virgin Galactic respectively – in regards to the prospect of shopping for a seat on their non-public spacecraft for the Flat Earther.
Who are the Flat Earthers?
A YouGov ballot of 8,215 folks in America discovered that 52% of individuals imagine the Earth is flat think about themselves ‘very religious’ – and say that proof for the Earth being flat is present in scripture.
YouGov says, ‘For some flat earthers, evidence of the earth’s form could also be present in scripture – greater than half of Flat earthers (52%) think about themselves “very spiritual,’ in contrast to only a fifth of all Americans (20%).
‘While an awesome majority of Americans (84%) imagine that the Earth is spherical, at the least 5% of the general public say they used to imagine that however now have their doubts.
Flat earthers discover traction in their beliefs amongst a youthful technology of Americans.
Young millennials, ages 18 to 24, are likelier than every other age group to say they imagine the Earth is flat (4%).
He says that after the funds have been acquired, he’ll maintain an software course of for ‘high ranking flat earthers’ to enter so as to be chosen for the journey.
‘One lucky flat earther will be chosen for disappointing the rest of the flat earthers.
Please get onboard with this as it is in the name of science and it will finally disprove or prove the flat earth theory and we can finally put this to rest!’ Gauld wrote on the marketing campaign’s GoFundMe web page.
‘I am 100% serious about this and your donations will be highly appreciated and will be helping to stop a completely unsupported scientific view getting in the way of real progress!’
Last yr, Jessica Meir, a highly-qualified US astronaut serving on board the ISS, snapped an excellent image from the space station window displaying the curvature of the Earth.
Meir posted the photograph to Twitter and the small, vocal neighborhood Flat Earthers obtained very sad about it. Because the photograph fairly clearly confirmed the Earth was spherical.
‘One of them tweeted back: ‘So from 400km above the earth you can view the whole round earth? Yeah very believable.’
Another added: ‘Nice try with the fish eye, but it’s flat.’ While a 3rd chimed in: ‘Yes. That’s fish eye lens. Make earth seems like spherical. Actually, the earth is Flat!’.
As the primary commentator identified, the ISS orbits the Earth at 400km, which equates to 250 miles away and provides a wonderfully good view of how spherical our planet is.
If Gauld’s concept goes to plan, one Flat Earther can be in a position to see the identical view with their personal eyes.