A Flat Earther (well, an ex-Flat Earther) now thinks the Earth is actually shaped like a doughnut.
Not comfortable with the idea of our home looking like a vinyl record, Flat Earth Society member Varuag, has posed the possibility of the planet actually being more of a Krispy Kreme.
‘I was wondering how a theory like FE theory gets formed, and I came to the conclusion that someone must’ve thought of the original idea,’ they wrote. ‘And then it must’ve been followed by a long series of people pointing out flaws and then re-adjusting the theory (or thinking of new ideas) to iron out the flaws in the theory.’
They stated their theory, and then invited fellow members to point out flaws and to see ‘if we can think of arguments that will counteract these flaws.’
He added: ‘I have a theory that the Earth is in fact shaped like a torus (a donut-shape). However, light is curved so we cannot tell.’
The first question was how can we tell if the light is curved. Varaug said, as reported by Flat Earth Society:
Radio waves are reflected by the atmosphere (hence why we don’t need to set up several towers to transmit radio waves across very long distances).
Light waves are also reflected in a similar way. When we look across, the light diminishes as it travels, and by the time it reaches the atmosphere, it is diminished enough to be reflected.
The light will then hit another corner of atmosphere and so on and so forth, curving every time. This gives the impression that the Earth is flat (or has a slight curvature).
So, if I stand on the surface in the middle of the TE and look up, why can’t I see the opposite side of the torus, came the next inquiry.
When you stand in the middle of the TE and look up, the light passes through the first atmosphere it reaches.
However, by the time it reaches the second atmosphere (the one to re-enter the atmosphere of the TE) it has diminished enough to be reflected, and gets reflected into space, so you see space.
When asked how we have night and day, they said to lay a torch horizontal on a table and turn it on. Then to get a donut and place it on it’s side, with the hole perpendicular to the torch; the side which is illuminated by the torch is in day.
‘Over 24 hours, the donut performs one complete revolution,’ they instructed. ‘Spin it half way around, this signifies the passing of 12 hours.
Now, the side that WAS in day, is facing away from the torch and is in night. The side that WAS in night, is now facing the torch and is in day.’
Is this all one big joke? I have no idea.https://www.unilad.co.uk/viral/flat-earthers-now-think-the-earth-is-shaped-like-a-donut/