Just in case you weren’t aware, there are a bunch of people who genuinely believe the earth is flat.
Like, a surprisingly big group of people. And they are VERY passionate about their beliefs.
So passionate, the Flat Earth International Convention (FEIC) decided to launch what they’re calling their biggest and boldest adventure yet: a cruise.
But as the Guardian points out, there’s a glaring problem with their plan: cruise ship navigation.
As you may know, cruise ships, like most other vessels, use navigation systems that rely on the fact that the earth is in fact round, which kind of puts a damper on their project, if you ask us.
Henk Keijer, a former cruise ship captain who sailed all over the globe during a 23-year career, told the Guardian the existence of GPS, which is used by cruise ships to get around, is proof alone that the Earth is round.
24 main satellites which orbit the globe are used to provide navigation information required by GPS.
“The reason why 24 satellites were used is because on the curvature of the Earth,” Keijer said.
“A minimum of three satellites are required to determine a position. But someone located on the other side of the Earth would also like to know their position, so they also require a certain number of satellites.
“Had the Earth been flat, a total of three satellites would have been enough to provide this information to everyone on Earth. But it is not enough, because the Earth is round.”
It’s not yet clear if the organisers plan on using traditional navigation methods or their own somewhat more creative map.
Facts and logic aside, our initial thought upon reading about this bold project was… Wouldn’t they be worried the ship might fall off the edge?
Upon inspecting FEIC’s website, their solution to the “falling off” problem is simple; they believe Antarctica serves as an ice wall barrier.
And if that’s not the most delightfully bonkers thing you’ve seen all day then we’d like to know what is.