[tz] Flat-earthers and time zones

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Fri Jan 26 07:35:55 UTC 2018

On 01/24/2018 10:33 PM, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
> Robert Elz said:
>> Once upon a time, the world was always flat, everyone knew that,
>> the pope even proclaimed it...
> Cite?

I doubt whether any Roman Catholic pope proclaimed the Earth flat as a matter of 
doctrine. That being said, flat-Earthers are still alive and kicking. We have 
one in California named "Mad Mike" Hughes who has said that on February 3 he 
will ride a steam-powered rocket that will be launched 550 meters into the air 
to "prove" that the world is flat.

The relevance to time zones? One argument for a flat Earth is that if the Earth 
really were round and orbiting the sun, we'd have to adjust our clocks twelve 
hours every six months to account for the fact that the Sun had gotten to the 
"wrong" side of the Earth, and obviously we're not doing that so the Earth 
cannot be round.

PS. Mad Mike is running for governor of California; the rocket is intended to 
launch his campaign.

McKay T. Rebuffed flat earth rocketeer says he will actually launch himself into 
the sky at 500 MPH this time. Gizmodo. 2018-01-25. 

Riz A. Flat Earth Theory: Why don’t our clocks have to change by 12 hours in 6 
months? Metabunk. 2016-01-11. 

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