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WE live on a disc in a giant snow globe – but the world’s top nations are hiding the proof so they can plunder secret outer lands in Antarctica.
Who says so? Followers of the Flat Earth movement, who attended a conference in Shropshire at the weekend to discuss their theory that the Earth is like a dinner plate.
And the odd idea is gaining momentum following hit Netflix documentary Behind The Curve.
A YouGov poll this year said three per cent of the UK’s adult population believed the Earth was flat — roughly 1.6million people.
Famous followers include former boxer Carl Froch and rapper B.o.B.. Even Top Gear presenter Freddie Flintoff has admitted he’s interested in the idea, recently saying “anything is possible”.
GRAVITY IS A MYTH
Blogger Mark Sargent, who has become a celebrity since starring in the Netflix show, was one of the speakers at the conference, where tickets cost £55 for one day and £700 for the full residential treatment.
Mark, 51, who has just finished a European tour taking in Stockholm, Dublin, Belfast and Cardiff, thinks we live on a flat disc covered by a dome — a bit like a snow globe.
But he admitted: “To prove that we would have to have our own rocket program.”
Others claim gravity is a myth, there is no such thing as space, the Sun isn’t 93million miles away and the edge of the planet is a huge wall of ice.
Tech worker Robin Campbell organised the weekend event, called Globe Lie UK Convention. The 52-year-old, from Bristol, delivered the opening lecture on Saturday in a darkened hall at a Christian centre in the village of Cleobury Mortimer.
It was a beginner’s guide, packed with slides and photos of supposedly devastating “evidence.”
The theory rests on the idea that Nasa — and all the other space agencies — have been faking images of Earth. The obvious question is: “Why would the world’s most powerful nations spend trillions on bogus space programs?”
According to Robin and Mark, they discovered secret lands “beyond the rim” of our pancake-shaped planet in 1952 during an expedition to Antarctica. At that point they realised Earth wasn’t a globe, but didn’t tell the rest of us because they wanted to keep the resources in these outer lands, including gold and oil, for themselves.
Among the believers is craftsman Ruben Dario Jaramillo, who was selling £15 models of flat earth.
The 35-year-old Londoner told me: “My wife Cynthia thought I was cheating on her because I was spending so much time researching flat earth theories.”
Cynthia is now a believer as well.
Instead of having to explain how a flat Earth could possibly work, the movement’s followers prefer to deny the spherical option.
Tony Riley, 39, from Liverpool, doesn’t classify himself as a “Flat Earther” and says he is searching for proof we live on a ball.
WE live on a disc in a giant snow globe – but the world’s top nations are hiding the proof so they can plunder secret outer lands in Antarctica. Who says so? Followers of the Flat Earth movement, w…