Flat-earthers are having a moment, especially online. Popularized by celebrities like Tila Tequila and B.o.B, the conspiracy theory purports that Earth isn't actually a sphere, but rather a flat plane surrounded by an ice wall that holds the ocean. Against centuries of scientific research and just plain ol' reason, there are a growing number of adherents to this theory, and they have taken to the internet to express their supposed evidence.
Flat-earthers of Reddit explained why they believe Earth is flat, and they did not disappoint. From backyard experiments to discounting the theory of gravity in its entirety, flat-earth believers have some very interesting and very scientifically incorrect explanations for why they think Earth is not a sphere.
Kansas Is Flat, So The Entire Earth Must Be, Too
From Redditor /u/formulated:
I'd start with the salt plains of Bolivia and why it is possible to see land masses on the other side when they should be hidden by the curvature of the Earth, Danakil desert in Ethiopia, Lake Baikal in Siberia.. finish with the University study finding Kansas to be flatter than a pancake.
Archimedes's Principle Is For Suckers
From a former Redditor:
On a balance scale, the side that comes down carries the heavier object. It moved down because it was heavier. No gravity required.
If gravity causes things to come down, helium balloons and vapor would not float up.
We're Ants, And The Sun Is A Giant Spotlight
From a former Redditor, when asked to explain darkness:
If you walk around in a dark field holding a lamp or a bulb you see a spotlight on the ground, the rest of the ground is dark. If you walk a circle and an ant is looking at the lamp, it will be like the sun.
Geography Is Confusing
From Redditor /u/Sideshow2525:
Once you start to look into it deeply it's all very hard to interpret. There's evidence for either/or and will never been fully explained. The main thing that always gets me is trying to understand exactly where Antarctica is.