Fandango’s Flashback Friday — January 20th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 20th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on January 20, 2018.

The Earth is Flat


When I was still working, I used to have to fly a lot for my job. When the plane I was flying in was five or six miles above the planet, it was pretty obvious, looking out at the visible horizon, that the Earth is not flat.

And yet there is something called the Flat Earth Society, whose members claim to believe that the Earth is flat. To these idiots, the planet’s surface looks and feels flat, so it must, therefore, be flat. They deem all evidence to the contrary, such as satellite photos of Earth as a sphere, to be fabrications of a “round Earth conspiracy” orchestrated by NASA and other government agencies.

Seriously, I’m not making this up. According to the Flat Earth Society’s official website, “The evidence for a flat earth is derived from many different facets of science and philosophy. The simplest is by relying on one’s own senses to discern the true nature of the world around us. The world looks flat, the bottoms of clouds are flat, the movement of the sun; these are all examples of your senses telling you that we do not live on a spherical, heliocentric world.”

Flat Earthers believe that the Earth is in the form of a disk with the North Pole in the center and Antarctica as a wall around the edge. The Earth, they say, is surrounded on all sides by an ice wall that holds the oceans back. This ice wall is what explorers named Antarctica.

What is beyond the ice wall? Well, according to the Flat Earth Society, no one has been very far past the ice wall and returned to tell of their journey. “What we do know, the official website says, “is that it [the ice wall] encircles the earth and serves to hold in our oceans and helps protect us from whatever lies beyond.”

How much do you want to bet that members of the Flat Earth Society voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016?

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “horizon.”

17 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — January 20th

  1. ladysighs January 20, 2023 / 3:31 am

    And they will vote for DT in 2024! A leopard can’t change its spots.


  2. Marleen January 20, 2023 / 10:35 am

    I know you’re not making it up, but some of them might just be trolling.


  3. Nope, Not Pam January 20, 2023 / 12:15 pm

    I suppose it’s not really apparent is you’re just walking around, is it? The size of the planet means the curve isn’t obvious


  4. Roy January 20, 2023 / 4:12 pm

    The ice wall also serves to explain why cats haven’t knocked everything off by now.
    So, plenty of psych studies have determined that perceptually, humans regard the horizon as real far away, and the sky as much closer. (Why we think the moon is bigger when it’s near the horizon.) If these people are trolling us–which I can’t help but feel some of them are–it appeals to our human nature. As I mentioned before, if I ignore all the technology at my disposal that relies on orbiting satellites, great circle routes on airliners, and so on, regarding the Earth as flat doesn’t really change anything I do. *Sort of* in the same way Newtonian gravity serves me just fine. I think maybe they’re all just attention whores or something.


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