You can’t make this stuff up.
According to several sources (Forbes, Live Science, Tech Times, etc.), the Flat Earth International Conference (FIEC) is going on a cruise in 2020. The reason? In order to prove that Earth is not a sphere, they’re going to Antarctica to look for the ice wall that holds back the ocean.
Well, no, not really. Just only sort of. Read on…
Fortunately, these sources are not 100% true. I mean, yes, these theorists are indeed going on a cruise in 2020…
…but according to the FEIC website, there’s no word on where they’re going, or what they’re going to do wherever it is that they go. But honestly, that’s kind of a moot point.
You know what the real point is of a bunch of flat earthers going on a cruise?
Cruise ships use GPS navigation. And GPS stands for Global Positioning System. Emphasis on the word “global.”
From The Guardian:
“Ships navigate based on the principle that the Earth is round,” said Henk Keijer, a former cruise ship captain who sailed all over the globe during a 23-year career.
“Nautical charts are designed with that in mind: that the Earth is round.”
GPS relies on 24 main satellites that orbit around the earth to provide positional and navigational information. According to Keijer, the mere fact that we have GPS is proof that the earth is round.
“The reason why 24 satellites were used is because on the curvature of the Earth,” Keijer said.
“A minimum of three satellites are required to determine a position. But someone located on the other side of the Earth would also like to know their position, so they also require a certain number of satellites.
“Had the Earth been flat, a total of three satellites would have been enough to provide this information to everyone on Earth. But it is not enough, because the Earth is round.”
The FEIC did not respond to The Guardian’s requests for more information about their cruise. It’s been suggested that the FEIC could potentially try to staff the cruise ship with a crew that doesn’t think the Earth is round, but Keijer suggested that would be pretty difficult.
“I have sailed 2 million miles, give or take,” he said.
“I have not encountered one sea captain who believes the Earth is flat.”
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