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Is The Earth Flat?

William Sherwood

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    Recently there has been a huge questioning about whether the earth is flat or not.  For thousands of years, people believed that the earth was flat. Some philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle, that the earth was round, but for a long time many people still believed that it was flat. To many, it is now an obvious known fact that the earth is round, but this question has come back up, starting with Kyrie Irving. On the “Road Trippin,” an NBA podcast, Kyrie Irving came out with his belief that the Earth is actually flat. “This is not even a conspiracy theory, the Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. … It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us. I think people should do their own research man. Hopefully they’ll either back my belief or they’ll throw it in the water. But I think it’s interesting for people to find out on their own. I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system has said that was real that turned out to be completely fake. I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts.” Shaquille O’Neal then put in his two cents, saying, “It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yeah, it is. Yes, it is. Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind – what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but when he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with the long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this is flat to me. I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity, have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.” Draymond Green said “I don’t know, I haven’t done enough research. But it may be flat.”

    So I went out and asked a few people on their thoughts. Senior Connor Niemeyer said, “Of course the earth is flat, if it was round all of the water would fall off of it.” Senior Day McIntosh said, “If the Earth is flat, how do we run up hills?” Senior Ashley Marsh said “Obviously it’s round because a guy went around the world in 80 days, and you can’t go around a flat surface!” Mr. Graham said,“It’s round because when you are in an airplane you can see the curvature of the earth.” So what it all boils down to is: do you trust NASA and the government, or do you think that these professional athletes and others raise a valid point? You’ll have to decide for yourself.

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