Man Says He's Disproven Gravity At UK's First Flat Earth Convention
You can say what you like about Flat Earthers, but you have to admit their theory is certainly gathering pace. From being on the outskirts of common creedence, mostly sharing the sort of videos you find yourself watching at 3am when you can't sleep, to having some pretty big names subscribing to the ideas, they've now hosted the UK's first ever Flat Earth convention.
Around 200 people attended the convention, held at a Jury's Inn in Birmingham, including a reporter from LADbible.
Gary John, who organised the event, said that 'people are waking up', adding that there was an 'explosion of interest in the movement'.
Among the speakers at the event was David Marsh, who thinks he has managed to disprove planetary motion using his Nikon camera and an app. His findings, he said, completely disprove the accepted laws of how the planets move.
He told the gathered visitors: "My research destroys Big Bang cosmology. It supports the idea that gravity doesn't exist and the only true force in nature is electromagnetism."
Now, it's easy to slate Flat Earthers or write them off as tin-foil-hat-wearing folk who scream on YouTube videos. However, Tom, our reporter, found the community 'really welcoming' and 'extremely friendly'.
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Maybe unsurprisingly, he added: "One thing you immediately notice when you start talking to a Flat Earther is that they never finish their point.
"They are so enthusiastic about what they're talking about that they move onto something else in a split second. You can start talking about the sun and in a matter of minutes they are talking about how 9/11 was a hoax or WiFi signals are going to kill us."
As such, there were a lot of theories on offer at the event - although you probably could have guessed that. These range from the usual Illuminati and faked moon landing theories through to media-brainwashing and false flag attacks.
Even when it comes to the Flat Earth theory itself, there's a ton of variance - with some taking a more biblical stance and others who think it's more scientific than that.
Tom watched one speaker's theory in which he claimed proof of Illuminati control.
"One man started drawing circles around the Illuminati pyramid and matching them to the geometry of the Great Pyramid in Egypt," said Tom.
"At first you get drawn in and I was intrigued, but then it suddenly developed into proof that the Earth is built on seven pillars surrounded by 12 other pillars with a Pac-Man-style concept of when you get to the top of the Earth, you appear at the bottom." Huge if true.
Leaving the event, however, Tom said his views were more 'globey' than before he entered, so maybe the convention didn't have quite the effect its organisers were hoping for.