I’ve been watching a live stream of the International Space Station on NASA’s YouTube channel. It’s really fascinating. There’s an astronaut outside and she’s moving the camera around so you can see some of the different parts of the station – the capsules and shiny panels, the arms and wires, and a constantly spinning satellite dish. She’s even turned the camera around to give us a selfie view. Truthfully I don’t know if it’s a male or female astronaut, but I’m trying to get out of the habit of automatically assigning male gender to people or animals if it’s not immediately apparent.
I decided to do a little research into where the ISS is right now, maybe I’ll be able to see my house down there if I squint my eyes and really look as the earth slowly rolls below. One thing that keeps coming up, aside from the station being somewhere over central Russia, is this theory that the earth is flat.
Apparently there are people who believe – or at least they’re trying to convince other people that they believe – that the earth is flat. That the earth is this giant disc. I know!!
So the earth is this giant disc, with the North Pole in the center that the whole thing spins around like a record (or a CD for you younger folk). The whole thing is flat, and it’s all held in by Antarctica which is actually a giant wall that goes around the entire rim of the disc. This is also why you can’t sail off the edge of the earth.
And the best part of it all? Gravity. Where does gravity come from on this great spinning disc we all inhabit? Dark matter. Dark matter is pushing the world up at just the right speed. Yes, up. And since the world is flying upwards, we’re all being pushed down into it.
There have to be at least a couple good stories there, right?