A group of flat Earthers are reportedly planning an expedition to Antarctica, where they believe they’ll reach the edge of the world.
Although this might seem like a frightening prospect for someone with this belief system, many flat Earthers actually think the Earth is neatly tucked inside a dome, ‘snow globe’ style.
This dome theory suggests there shouldn’t be any risk of clumsily tumbling off the edge like a gigantic version of your front porch step. Phew.
As reported by Forbes, flat Earther Jay Decasby has explained how they plan to ‘shut this debate down once and for all’:
All we have to do to shut this debate down once and for all is get the distance of the coast of Antarctica.
It has been done by early sailors (before the UN was established and set up its Antarctic treaty essentially making it illegal for independent and private exploration of Antarctica) who managed to make 60k+ miles which irrefutably proves the flat earth model, but like all other mountains of evidence for flat earth this is not enough for ballers today. [sic]
If we can get to the coast of Antarctica and sail all the way around it, we will get the distance that will prove it’s the outer edges of flat earth and refute entirely every single argument anyone can possibly try to pitch for the sun-worshipping cult of heliocentrism. [sic]
Decasby, who’s currently developing a TV series about the flat Earth movement, continued:
They’ve made laws to not allow any kind of motorized equipment on the ice which would help us prove not only flat earth but what’s beyond the ice wall, but in reality, we don’t even need to get onto the ice to prove flat earth. [sic]
The coast of Antarctica on the ball earth is no more than 14.5k miles. On a flat earth, it would be over 60k…we have evidence of 60k+ and none of 14.5. [sic]
I’m a retired sailor. I’ve been to the Arctic and Antarctic on an ice breaker. If the earth is flat then where’s the edge? Any career sailor or aviator will tell you that the earth is round. Why do you keep pushing the flat earth agenda?
— SeaCutter (@ArticSailor65) March 17, 2019
I'm assembling a crew to do the impossible: Cross Antarctica.
When my youtube channel 'Antarctic Expedition' hits 100k subscribers, we leave.
— Antarctic Expedition (@crossantarctica) March 16, 2019
Many flat Earthers believe the UN Antarctic Treaty of 1961 will not allow for any private exploration of Antarctica.
In 2018, Colin O’Brady completed a solo, unaided crossing of Antarctica in just 54 days. Critics of the flat Earth movement believe O’Brady’s journey proves once and for all the Earth is round.
However, many flat Earthers are yet to be convinced, with Decasby claiming a lack of ‘factual evidence’ of O’Brady’s journey – this is despite proof from GPS coordinates.
Oh yeah, believe In a fairy because a broken leg is too much work to fake, but 70 space agencies, pilots sailors Antarctic explorers climatologist astronauts ALL pretending space isn’t real isn’t a lot of work???? No one is easier to disprove than you !!
— James Egan (@jameswzegan85) March 16, 2019
So, will the flat Earthers finally get the proof they’re looking for? Or will they keep their eventual findings on the down low?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.