A group known as the Flat Earth movement has accused NASA, the US government agency responsible for the country's space program, of lying to the globe (sorry, the world). Its sinister deception? The agency has propped up the falsehood that the Earth is round, when it is in fact flat. Hey, don't shoot the messenger.

Flat Earthers are primarily motivated by a belief that NASA and other government agencies are trying to deny the existence of God.

Sceptics would point to photography from outer space (and firsthand accounts from former astronauts) which would seem to suggest the earth is a huge orb amidst a series of other orbs that... well, orbit around the sun.

But Flat Earthers believe such photographs (and all reported space missions) are fake and that all governments are lying to us.

Countries that have space agencies of some description include Algeria, Mexico, Colombia, India, Spain, Israel and Pakistan, all of which have a majority population which adheres to some kind of religion.

Most Flat Earth maps view the North Pole (where Santa is from) as the centre of the world and the ice of Antarctica as an outer circumference holding everything in.

The above video shows an ABC reporter speaking to a number of Flat Earthers including Rob Skiba, a noted Flat Earther and globe sceptic, but also includes an interview with Mike Massimino, a former astronaut who spent over twenty days in space.

However, as with most conspiracy theories, his detractors would claim he would be lying, and believe that astronauts are actors.

A round planet? Nonsense, apparently. Credit: PA
A round planet? Nonsense, apparently. Credit: PA

Reacting to the accusation that attendees of the Flat Earth International Conference were conspiracy theorists, organiser Robbie Davidson said: "I think there's a little bit of conspiracy theorist in all of us."

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Although Skiba and his band of merry men and women believe that the theory that the world is round stems from government attempts to hide the existence of God, it actually dates back to ancient Greek philosophy and was formally accepted as fact in the 3rd century when the mathematician Pythagoras claimed the perfect shape was a sphere.

As he believed the gods had created the world, he reasoned the world was therefore round to reflect the perfect shape.

His theory has since been reinforced by numerous scientists, philosophers, experts who have devoted their lives to geodesy (the study of the world's shape) and - of course - NASA.

The world is round. The sky isn't blue though. That's a lie told to you by the makers of WKD to make you buy more of their azure alocopop. FACT.

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Ronan O'Shea

Ronan J O'Shea is a freelance journalist from London who has written for titles including LADbible, Headspace, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and New York Post. Contact him at [email protected]

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