Aristotle is shaking in his grave. This week on “The Bachelorette,” contestant Lincoln Adim revealed that he believes in the flat Earth theory. Why? “I just personally think I need more evidence,” he said.
So why don’t people who travel the world on ships and boats fall off the edge? According to Lincoln, that’s due to friction and gravity — and yes, I’m just as confused as you are. One of his main pieces of evidence for the Earth being flat was how everything looks flat from an airplane window. What a thoughtful, scientific explanation! Why hasn’t NASA hired him yet?
He later acknowledged that evidence of the Earth being round has been shown, but this could change in the future. So, if you find yourself falling off the edges of the Earth that had not been there before, don’t complain — Lincoln warned you all.
Unfortunately, others share Lincoln’s perspective: NBA player Kyrie Irving confessed his uncertainty about the Earth’s shape not too long ago. He admitted that he has been taught that the Earth is round, but still finds himself a skeptic.
Kyrie Irving thinks the Earth is flat.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 17, 2017
Irving went on to state that the heliocentric theory of the solar system, according to which the planets orbit the sun, just does not seem believable. In a world clouded with so many lies and conspiracies, Kyrie can’t help but doubt these scientific findings — I guess his professors at Duke University were unable to convince him.
He expressed his concerns with the idea of a round Earth to Twitter, and even esteemed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself unable to sway his perspective.
Once you go flat, you never go back
— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 26, 2016
B.o.B wanted to prove that the flat Earth theory so badly that, about a year ago, he created a GoFundMe to raise money for satellites to fly high enough to show there was no curvature to the planet. I’m not sure why he doesn’t trust the data and images retrieved by the satellites NASA — the literal United States authority on aeronautics and aerospace research — sent into space, but to each his own?
And finally there’s our good friend Homer. You might have heard of him — he was an Ancient Greek poet who wrote the classic epics “The Odyssey” and the “The Iliad.” No big deal.
Homer described the world as having a disc shape, not realizing it was actually round. But hey, I think he deserves a break. Science was not exactly hip and happening back in 800 B.C.
You’re forgiven, Homer. But the others? Don’t blame me if you find the ghost of Aristotle haunting you.