June 19, 240 BCE

On June 19, 240 BCE, Greek philosopher and scientist, Eratosthenes, estimated the circumference of the Earth using two sticks and got pretty darned close to its actual value. Today in the world, there are actually people who don’t believe the world is a globe, even though we have had spaceships and astronauts who have orbited around the world. We currently have satellites in space that send back pictures of the earth and its shape. There is a space station that has scientists living and working in it and they have cameras that are constantly recording their round trips. Airplane pilots have to take the curvature of the Earth into account as they fly from Dallas, Texas to London, England, and the US Army has to take the curvature of the world into account when planning bombing strikes. So, an ancient Greek philosopher and modern science and warfare all agree that the world is round and the math they use, because the world is round, is accurate. And yet, there are stubborn people out there going, “nuh uh, it’s flat because God said it’s flat”. They’re loud, they’re vocal and they’re stupid. Flat Earthers, the nose-picking booger-eaters of the scientific community.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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