There are fewer groups who get roasted more on line than the Flat Earth Society, and the latest mockery of the group has taken on the form of a petition of sorts: getting them their own reality TV show.
It’s a fact we learn from a very young age: the Earth is round. This fact has been confirmed countless times. Christopher Columbus did it before he started his colonial rampage. Heck, even Greek scholar Pythagoras suspected earth was round just from observing the way shadows are cast.
But a growing number of people have convinced themselves the Earth is flat. There are a ridiculous number of YouTube videos and blog posts loaded with conspiracy theories about “them” or “the government” covering up the fact our planet actually has an edge you could fall off.
Why an agency or secret society would do that or how they would benefit from perpetuating such a myth for so long is anyone’s guess, but it still hasn’t stopped a growing number of people from defying thousands of years of scientific research, empirical evidence, and experiences, and insisting the world is flat.
It’s easy to see why so many people have a field day with poking fun at flat-Earthers online, especially with the bevy of evidence proving how wrong they are. People just can’t get enough of seeing a bunch of deluded conspiracy theorists consistently defying reality, which is probably why there’s a huge demand now for a flat-earther reality TV show.
In the proposed program, members of the flat-earth movement would receive the resources they need to attempt to find the proposed “edge” of the world. The idea was originally floated by a Redditor and people are running with it.
Some have even suggested upping the ante: give the team $500,000 to get to the bottom — or edge, rather — of this whole flat Earth conspiracy. If they’re able to prove the Earth is indeed not round, the flat-earth team earns a cool $5 million. If they don’t, then they’ll be forced to pay the $500k back.
Honestly, I’d just watch a reality TV show about them scrambling to make that money after they’re proven wrong. It’s a win-win.
And although it seems like the flat-earth movement is a recent phenomenon, people have been pushing this idea for a long, long time. Just look at this map from 1893 entitled, “The Square and Stationary Earth.”
When that map came out, people had already been going around and around the world for hundreds of years.
One of the silliest aspects of the entire flat-Earth fiasco is the amount of artwork and “renderings” people have been disseminating as early as 1806 - which is how far back the “Flat Earth Society” dates back, officially speaking.
In case you’re wondering, the Flat Earth Society is very, very serious about their convictions and have listed as such online. You can check out their website here.
As of now, a production company hasn’t picked up the idea, but that hasn’t stopped a steady group of Redditors from constantly pushing to make it happen. Would you be interested in checking out a reality show about a rag-tag group of adventurers hell bent on proving the world is flat?