The Flat Earth Society has revealed that SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch was a hoax
SpaceX made history Tuesday after successfully launching its Falcon Heavy rocket into space, but not all are convinced any of that actually happened.
Millions of people watched on Tuesday as SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket since Saturn V, launched out of the atmosphere, delivered a Tesla Roadster into space, and then, in three separate pieces, descended back to earth. It was exciting. It was awe-inspiring. It was a grand spectacle.
But most of all, it was a sham.
The revelation comes from the Flat Earth Society (this one, not this one), and it tells of how Elon Musk's recent foray into space was an intricately planned hoax, just the latest in the decades-long “globularist" conspiracy designed to fool the world into believing that Earth is round.
“It certainly is interesting to see the shift of focus in space programs from official government organisations to privately-run organisations," Pete Svarrior, a moderator on the society's website, wrote in a blog post.
Interesting indeed. The society proposes that people's willingness to believe things they see on the internet is just a new version of the old phrase “It's true, I saw it on TV!"
People who believe that the Earth is a globe because "they saw a car in space on the Internet" must be the new incarnation of "It's true, I saw it on TV!" It's a poor argument.
Why would we believe any privately-held company to report the truth?
— Flat Earth Society (@FlatEarthOrg) February 7, 2018
There's reason to doubt Tesla. The company says its cars use GPS to navigate. Why is that a problem? GPS technology, which relies on a network of satellites to triangulate positions on the ground, is based on the assumption that Earth is round. Maybe that's why Tesla cars keep crashing into fire trucks and stuff.
“I would like to appeal to everyone, Round Earther and Flat Earther alike, to exercise more caution when approaching online content," Svarrior wrote, going on to suggest (grab a pen because you'll want to write this one down) that everyone should “Exercise critical thinking."
Still, even Svarrior can't deny that Musk has a knack for marketing.
“Then again, it was a good car ad."
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It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
- A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
- The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
- The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
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