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Rapper B.o.B. Raising Funds To “Prove” Flat Earth Theory

Because you can’t make this stuff up, folks.

Rapper B.o.B. has jumped on the Flat Earth bandwagon and is raising funds to “prove” that Earth is a disk by launching a satellite to take images of Earth from orbit – if at all possible, he says.

One possible proof against Flat Earth: If it was true, all the water would have run off Earth into infinity by now. Image credit Keyword Suggestions
One possible proof against Flat Earth: If it was true, all the water would have run off Earth into infinity by now. Image credit Keyword Suggestions

“I’m looking for the curve,” he said.

According to Flat Earth theory, Earth is a disk with no curvature. Those who believe in this theory say that, if Earth was truly round, than the curvature would be more visible to people on the ground. Because Earth has a diameter of 7926 miles, however, people on the ground do not see the curvature of Earth any more than an ant on an average-sized fully inflated beach ball would see the curve. The passengers of a jet plane that is cruising at high altitudes might just begin to see the curve of Earth. However, the most that people on the ground notice is that they can’t see beyond the horizon.

The topic has led to a spat with famous astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, as evidenced in the below tweets:

Some donors to B.o.B.’s GoFundMe have expressed the desire to enable B.o.B. to at least take a more scientific approach to (dis)proving Flat Earth theory. “Here’s $5 to prove yourself wrong,” one donor commented on the donor page. So B.o.B. at least deserves credit for being willing to get egg on his face to put Flat Earth Theory to the test. He’s basically doing what scientists are ideally supposed to do: be willing to risk proving their hypothesis wrong in order to advance science.

Is B.o.B.’s project worth donating to? If you decide it is, here’s a link to the GoFundMe page so B.o.B. can see for himself that Earth really does have a curve. He’s going for a $1 million goal.

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About Heidi Hecht

Heidi Hecht is a space geek, freelance content writer and owner of the Nothing in Particular Blog. She is also a published author with a new book, "Blockchain Space: How And Why Cryptocurrencies Fit Into The Space Age", now available on Amazon and Google Play.

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