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Flat Earther spends $20k on experiment that accidentally proves Earth is actually round

Rhiannon Ingle

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Flat Earther spends $20k on experiment that accidentally proves Earth is actually round

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One flat Earther spent a staggering $20,000 on an experiment that accidentally proves the Earth is round.

The avid conspiracy theorist, Bob Knodel, was left totally flabbergasted after realising his fateful - and pricy - error.

In a hopes to prove his bold claims, Bob clearly didn't quite get the results he was after. Check it out:

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Bob, who founded the YouTube channel, Globebusters, really showed himself up.

The flat Earther was in the middle of filming for Netflix's documentary aptly titled Behind the Curve which was first released to the platform back in 2018.

The film's premise reads: "The internet has revived the conspiracy theory that the earth is flat, and America's flat-Earth movement appears to be growing despite hundreds of years' of scientific evidence disproving the idea."

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In the doc, Bob decided to put his theories to the test and set out to prove to viewers that the Earth is, in fact, flat.

So convinced of the method, the man forked out a whopping $20,000 on the experiment which embarrassingly ended up showing the exact opposite.

Seeking to disprove the bounty of research led by experts at NASA, Bob explained the ins and outs of the DIY experiment using a laser gyroscope.

The ordeal involved using a camera to film through two holes with a person standing on the other side shinning a torch back at the camera.

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Bob forked out a massive $20,000 to disprove his own theory. Credit: Netflix
Bob forked out a massive $20,000 to disprove his own theory. Credit: Netflix

Bob claimed that if the light can be seen with the camera, the holes in the fence and the torch all at the same difference above the ground, then he could confidently draw a conclusion that the Earth is flat.

However, in a hilarious turn of events, no light was able to be seen with Bob quietly muttering 'interesting' after the painfully awkward blunder.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Bob opened up a little more about the experiment and what that now means for flat Earthers all over.

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"What we found is, is when we turned on that gyroscope we found that we were picking up a drift. A 15 degree per hour drift," he explained.

The flat Earther continued: "Now, obviously we were taken aback by that," before adding that the results were 'kind of a problem'.

"We obviously were not willing to accept that, and so we started looking for ways to disprove it was actually registering the motion of the Earth," he maintained.

Big yikes indeed.

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People couldn't wait to react to the flat Earther's embarrassing blunder. Credit: Netflix
People couldn't wait to react to the flat Earther's embarrassing blunder. Credit: Netflix

One Instagram user claimed: "Probably still didn’t change his mind."

"I bet he still won’t accept it," echoed a second.

A third admitted: "Something oddly satisfying about watching a simple opinion dissolve in the face of non-rigorous methods lol."

Another took their opportunity to really shine a light on flat Earthers and how they seem to conduct themselves.

They penned: "There's a whole bunch of new videos like this, it never really changes the flat Earthers' minds though. They just say that 'something's wrong with the experiment' and that's it."

The Instagram user went on to claim that such individuals like Bob are 'doing science backwards', before explaining: "You don't start with a bulls**t theory and then trying to prove it by creating evidence to justify a false narrative.

"Real scientists perform experiments that provides them with a measurable and replicable outcome that a theory can be formed with."

What do you reckon?

Topics: News, Conspiracy Theories, Science, Technology, Weird, Netflix, Film and TV, Space, NASA

Rhiannon Ingle
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