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People On TikTok Are Shocked After Discovering The Earth Isn’t Perfectly Round

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People On TikTok Are Shocked After Discovering The Earth Isn’t Perfectly Round

A woman has shocked many people on social media by sharing what our planet actually looks like.

Holly Moffatt took to TikTok to reveal the Earth isn’t perfectly round, and users are properly horrified.

In the video, which has already been viewed more than seven million views, Moffatt used a Google Image search to see what the plant's true shape is and it's far from a perfect sphere.

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She says: "How, after 21 years of living on this planet, am I only just now finding out that this is the shape of the earth and that it's not just perfectly round? My mind is blown."

And ours too, girl.

Users were equally stunned by this revelation, with one person writing: “No, I refuse to believe we aren’t perfectly round.”

Another said: “That makes sense but it doesn't feel right. Now we just look like an asteroid.”

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A third person commented: “I’M SORRY WHAT.”

While some were quick to play ‘Eddie the Expert’, as one person said: “I mean it's a rock that clashed with other rock. Find me a perfectly round rock that has been through the same thing.”

Another wrote: “That’s a veeery exaggerated version of the small ups and downs on the surface if you Google the NASA blue marble image that’s what it looks like.”

While another commented: “Did you skip geography lessons at school?”

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According to NASA, the North and South Poles are slightly flat because of the Earth’s force when it rotates, causing the blue planet to be ‘squashed’ into a lopsided sphere.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy


But Earth isn’t alone.

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Planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California James Tuttle Keane told Live Science: "Most planets and moons are not true spheres; they are usually squished in some way or another.”

And as for the cause of the shape, Keane compared the Earth's centrifugal force to sitting on a merry-go-round, pulling you in the other direction.

He said: “There's a little bit of extra force acting on you on that merry-go-round, and so you feel tugged off to the side.”

I love how scientists break down complex matters merely for us simpletons to understand; we appreciate you.

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In response to her video, Moffatt also posted another video poking fun at those who questioned the Earth’s shape.

In the video, the 21-year-old says: “You are 100 per cent correct, and I’m so sorry guys, in my last video, I actually made a mistake.

"I wanted to show you the real image of what it looks like because I do have extensive knowledge in this topic.”

While pointing to a photo showing a perfectly round Earth, Moffat says ‘it’s not this’.

She then hilariously reveals a photo of a banana-shaped Earth, to which Moffatt says ‘it’s actually this’.

I mean, a banana-shaped Earth would be very cool.

Featured Image Credit: Holly. Moffatt/TikTok. ESA

Topics: News, TikTok, Science

Charisa Bossinakis
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