Flat Earth Society (website)
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“”In light of the above, please note that we are not suggesting that space agencies are aware that the earth is flat and actively covering the fact up. They depict the earth as being round simply because that is what they expect it to be.
|—Part of their FAQ, written by someone apparently unaware of the existence of astronauts|
The Flat Earth Society is a website and online forum which promotes the idea that the Earth is flat, and that this fact is being covered up in a huge global conspiracy. There is much speculation that the site is actually an example of Poe's Law at work. Because of Poe's Law, the first question asked on the FAQ of their Wiki is "Is this site a joke?" to which it responds "This site is not a joke. We are actively promoting the Flat Earth Movement worldwide. There are, admittedly, several non-serious flat Earth posters, but they are fairly easy to identify." Other comical questions include, "What does the Earth look like? How is circumnavigation possible?", written by someone who has presumably never been informed of the existence of geodesics, or traveled in an airplane from Peru to Australia across
the Pacific North America and along the coast of East Asia, and the hilarious "What Evidence Do You Have?", which includes an optimistic mention of the Bedford Level experiment, a section about Cartesian doubt (as if they actually think their theory has stood up to rigorous fact-checking), and a paragraph that more or less says "The Earth looks flat, so therefore it must be that way". It was probably founded because someone wanted to capitalize on the revenue that comes from selling t-shirts and mugs to a mass of misguided people.