The shape of the Earth is usually described as a sphere, or as some would say “round,” but that, too, would be inaccurate. Thousands of years ago, Isaac Newton determined that the Earth is actually an oblate spheroid and not perfectly round. However, it’s not a perfect sphere either. One thing that’s for sure is that the Earth is definitely not flat.
But in Ontario, Canada, a discussion between a man and a woman over the true shape of the Earth got out of hand as the couple continued to fight over this subject.
A 56-year-old man got into an argument with an unidentified woman at a campsite Monday night. The woman insisted to the man that the Earth is flat. One would think that the man is the reasonable one in this argument but apparently, he began pitching items, including a propane tank which belonged to his son and the son’s girlfriend into the campfire, according to the Recorder.ca. So the smart one of the two must not have realized that propane is an accelerant and could cause a fire.
When Brockville police and firefighters arrived at St. Lawrence Park at about 10:30 p.m. the man had left the scene. Firefighters doused the blaze.
According to police, the argument centered on the woman insisting the earth was flat while the suspect countered that it is round.
Police say they are now looking for him in order to charge him with mischief.
Investigators say “neither party would change their views.”
From space, our planet appears to be round but it’s actually a bumpy spheroid because mass is distributed unevenly within the planet. But please do not set me on fire for writing that, OK? Because that would be bad.
Flat-Earthers developed the theory of the earth being flat because of a Bible passage and throughout time, they, too, cannot seem to change their views. Just like the woman in St. Lincoln Park. Geez, next she’ll be saying that climate change isn’t caused partly by humans. Well, she could always disprove that just as Sen. Jim Inhofe did by bringing a snowball on the Senate floor.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
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