This weekend, a YouTuber video blogger who operates under the handle of D. Marble flew from the city of Charlotte in North Carolina to Seattle in the state of Washington accompanied by a carpenter’s spirit level to prove his belief that the Earth is not spherical, but flat.
Man tries audacious experiment to prove that the Earth is flat
A growing number of people across the world have come to challenge the traditional scientific view that the Earth is a spherical object that rotates around the Sun at the center of the solar system. Instead, they believe that the Earth is a flat, disk-shaped object and the Sun rotates on the Earth’s outer ring. Proponents of the theory offer the consistently cold temperature of the Arctic Ocean as proof of its validity. They claim that the coldness of the water is due to the ocean being furthest away from the Sun’s orbit. Some people who believe in the flat Earth theory think that the planet is enclosed within a dome and that the stars are merely holes pierced in the dome.
To test the flat Earth theory out, D. Marble took to the skies armed with a spirit level to see if the pilot would dip the nose of the plane mid-flight to ‘compensate’ for the curvature of the Earth. D. Marble filmed his experience as the plane traveled a little over 203 miles and tracked the level of the plane throughout. D. Marble explained that according to the curvature mathematics offered by the globe model, the spirit level ought to have measured a compensation of 5 miles in curvature. However, his experiment did not indicate that the pilot had to make any curves to compensate for the curve of the Earth at all. According to D. Marble and his supporters, this is clear evidence that the Earth is flat.
While D. Marble’s claims and experiment have met with ridicule on social media platforms such as Twitter, there are also a huge number of people who have celebrated his achievement. The flat Earth theory has been growing in popularity in recent years with Google searches for the theory going up 800% since the year 2014. In the past couple of months, the movement has also gained celebrity followers in the form of the Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving and the rapper B.o.B.