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Date: 05/02/12 03:27 PM

60 Responses to 3 Experiments That Prove The Earth Is Flat [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    May 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    Link: 3 Experiments That Prove The Earth Is Flat - Don`t fall for sciency crap like `gravity` and `centrifugal force`. (people really believe this, check the credits link)
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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    Crabes Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    obviously a satire
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    Zach82 Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    Welp, I`m convinced.
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    coolthing97 Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    Lmao. Maybe they should retake physics. They have a website by the way. Flat Earth Society.
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    Turf_Moor Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    So you`re in an aeroplane, you jump up in the air, where do you land? In the same place. But the aeroplane is moving... OH KNOW I AM NOT KNOW HOW TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION MR SCIENCE FACE.
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    Crabes Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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    Discobiscuit Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm
    I remember pestering my dad the "dilemma" posed by number 1 when I was 7 years old or so. It went something like:
    "Dad, why doesn`t the earth fly by under my feet when I jump?"
    "Inertia."
    "What`s that?"
    "Here`s a book"
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm
    I wouldn`t be surprised if a higher proportion of people today believe the world is flat that at any time since the Neolithic began. It seems to be an age of gullibility and superstition.

    An interesting tangent - the first formal proof of the shape of the Earth relies only on shadows and reasoning. Ancient Greece, no suprises there. People knew that Earth wasn`t flat before then, of course, but that was the first known formal proof it`s spherical. The ancient Greeks were only slightly wrong in that they thought it was a perfect sphere and it`s a slightly oblate spheroid.

    The proof is elegantly simple: Any shadow that the Earth casts on the moon is always a curve that`s part of a circle. The only shape that casts a circular shadow from every angle is a sphere.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    Discobiscuit, that reminds me of my childhood. I joke that my mother taught me to read in self-defence :) I could have asked questions 24/7 and it would have taken a dozen parents to keep up, but shelves full of books kept me contentedly occupied for hours on end. Yards of answers, brilliant!
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    I can statistically prove that this argument is an outlier below the average intelligence on this very rock we stand on.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    1. If you fly with an airplane in east direction you need less time to reach a given distance than if you fly to west. This not only tell us the world is in movement but also tell us the direction of the spin.
    2 the world is not a perfect sphere and who say that what we call south must be the lower part in the universe? And the force that make us to stay on the ground is "centripetal force". The piece of paper fall off cause the earth attraction is much more powerful than the one of the insignificant baloon.
    3 I suggest you to go a little bit higher than your table and maybe you can notice that the horizon start to form a curved line.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Angilian - You don`t need anything so complicated as `formulas` and meauring `shadows` to know the Earth is round. Just go to the beach, look out at the horizon, hold up a staright stick horizonatally. You`ll see the curve of the horizon. Unless of course that`s just a big water hill in the middle.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Pilots flying directly north or south have to adjust their course {left or right} as the Earth moves under them or they miss their destination.
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    if u stood on top of a truck and jumped while its moving you would land right where u jumped... jesus christ, are there really idiots that believe your inertia would just abruptly stop as soon as you are airborn?
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Angilian - You don`t need anything so complicated as `formulas` and meauring `shadows` to know the Earth is round. Just go to the beach, look out at the horizon, hold up a staright stick horizonatally. You`ll see the curve of the horizon. Unless of course that`s just a big water hill in the middle.

    i) I went out of my way to clearly state something you ignored: "People knew that Earth wasn`t flat before then, of course"

    ii) What formulas are you referring to? There were none in my post. There were none in the ancient Greek proof. What formulas are you talking about and where did you get them from?


    iii) Your experiment shows that the surface of the sea near where you are standing is curved. That is not a formal proof that the Earth is spherical. See (i).
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    Oh please! The "Flat Earth Society" is a grand institution of sarcastic skepticism!

    NO they don`t really believe the Earth is flat.
    YES they`ll agrue you to the death saying it is!

    These were trolls before the internets were invented. Good trolls, who wished to help humanity.
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    pfkdxius Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    @Piperfawn#1 & Gerry: These effects have nothing to do with the moving Earth, just the wind, which tends to blow to the east

    @Piperfawn#2: The force that makes us stay on the ground is called gravity.
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    MaiaBennet Female 13-17
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    May 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm
    3. Get high:
    Sounds legit
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    kemic Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    oh I got high alright.
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    SapphireHart Female 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Is this some sort of epic troll post? I just slapped my hand to my head so much I probably lost a gazillion brain cells in the process...hey maybe I`ll be dumb enough now to believe it! *scrolls up*....*scrolls down*.....nope.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    May 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    @pfkdxius: Nope, the spin of the Earth needs to be factored into long distance travel.
    It first became a problem for The Paris Gun in WW1, due to the shell flying for 3 minutes.

    "climbing to an altitude of 25 miles at the top of its trajectory. This was by far the highest point ever reached by a man-made object, so high that gunners, in calculating where the shells would land, had to take into account the rotation of the Earth."
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Angilion - my bad. You wrote `formal` I read `formul-a`.
    Then my brain immediately pidgeon holed the mistake to reflect the experiments using the measurement of shadows at various locations at the same time to mathmatically determine the size of the earth.

    My brain does run amuk sometimes.
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    I rather believe the wizards and their magic spells on this one.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    Ah, I see. Fair enough. The human tendencies to read in quick chunks, to extrapolate patterns from everything and to fit everything into known patterns can easily lead anyone into misinterpretations.
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    number1man Male 13-17
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    May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    yep and it`s on the backs of giant elephants riding through space on a turtle... oh wait
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    faustsshadow Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm
    From there it`s just turtles all the way down.

    Also, "things just happen, what the hell."
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    patticakes Female 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm
    So this is what they`re learning in school these days? The Chinese will soon be eating our lunch.
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    MrsPoods Female 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    Is this more religious ideology trying to disprove thousands of years of scientific study, or just a bunch of idiots (assuming the two are NOT one and the same)?


    See what I did there?
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    pfkdxius Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm
    @5Cats, that`s because artillery shells are ballistic projectiles. Airplanes are not, they are controlled by the wind, which moves along with the Earth.
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    May 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    Nice, the Landover Baptist Church has this on their forum. The bible never states the earth is round, so in their convoluted logic, the earth must be flat. This is one of the biggest problems with the Baptist church; no central authority. Each church or community is subject the whims and interpretations of their pastor. I go to church most every Sunday and if the preacher ever starts spouting off bullpoo like this, I will never go back. Ignorance in the name of religion is a sin IMO.
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    Missmap Female 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    ...nice. no wonder why my teenager asked me if Texas is really a state.
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    uatme Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm
    Dumb post is dumb
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    Theyoyoguy Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    I think your teenager asked if Texas was a state, because he or she is retarded, not because of the Internet.
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm
    Wow, this is UBER retarded.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

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    blobby5 Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm
    Troll makes jpg, sites re-post jpg, millions feed the troll. Dumbasses.
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    Barnk Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    I`m pretty sure a speck of paper would cling to the underside of an inflated balloon. Static, suckasz!
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    Fancysucksss Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    I just repeatedly started hitting my head to get the stupid out..if I ever see this again I will declare war against christians or whatever dumb religion this is being backed up by.
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    tacks Female 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm
    Get high? Okay. It might help me not think this is retarded.
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    PacoP42 Male 13-17
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    May 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    its funny because centrifugal force actually ISN`T a real thing. drat, go back to middle school
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    Wowummwow Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    "its funny because centrifugal force actually ISN`T a real thing"

    It is if you are in a non-inertial reference frame.
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    faaaaq Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    im going to have t oagree with bobby. even the most retarded religious freak doesnt argue against things like gravity... even if the world WERE flat, there would still have to be gravity
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    alsobored Male 18-29
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    May 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm
    1. it`d work if you jumped out of earth`s atmosphere
    2. who`s to say what side of the earth is `up`?
    3. that does happen, just on a larger scale.

    Eh, I didn`t find this thing funny at all.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    May 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm
    1. If you jumped on a flatbed truck, you WOULD come down in the same place, because you`re moving at 75, too. Only the blast of air would move you, and not very far.
    2. Balloon weighs almost nothing and gravity depends on mass. Make it a steel ball and add a dust mote. It`ll stick.
    3. Even the view from Everest has a finite horizon.
    4. Why am I wasting my time answering these dumb assertions?
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm
    #1 = fail, because if you jumped in the bed of a truck going 75 MPH, and you didn`t hit any wind from the truck moving, you`d be traveling 75 MPH in the same direction.

    #2 = fail, because the Earth is much more massive than the balloon, so naturally, the paper would be attracted to the Earth. In space, away from all other objects, the paper would try to cling to the balloon.

    #3 = fail, because it is.

    Yes, I know this post is troll science.
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm
    geocentrisim is where it`s at.
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    Frankii Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2012 at 1:46 am
    Since Ancient Greece we have known that the world is round, there was one who claimed it was flat and everyone thought he was mad
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    Stonardsftw Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2012 at 2:19 am
    @SCfan

    Landover is fake, you stupid drat.
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    bankvole Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2012 at 4:11 am
    This is the kind of stupid that makes me scared to go outside
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2012 at 5:13 am
    This is just like the religious arguments.
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    NILE12 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 am
    I`m smart, I don`t know about air pressure and dislocation.
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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2012 at 6:21 am
    This post brought to you by the Institute For Creation Science.

    "Let us do your thinking for you!"
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    jacos27 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2012 at 6:23 am
    *facepalm*

    ughghg ok.....even in using non scientific explanations, I can disprove everything here....

    #1, the atmosphere (aka the air) is part of the earth. Planet earth doesn`t end with the ground. Not only is Earth spinning, but so is the atmosphere. Just like in a car, throw a ball up in a car, it comes straight back down. Though I never tried it, I`m sure jumping on a flatbed truck will not result in you falling ff, but landing in the exact same spot.

    #2 Who is to say that North should be up? Who is to say that South has to be up? hell, who is to say East or West is up? so therefore, down is all based on perspective, did you know in Australia, their maps have them on top? Also, the gravity of the earth overrides the gravity of the balloon so the paper wouldn`t stick to the balloon.

    #3 Hmmmm, so at a higher point, you should be able to see the Eiffel Tower from America huh? Oh...you can`t? I wonder why? oh right cause the earth is curved so you C
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    jacos27 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2012 at 6:24 am
    After running out of room, I was going to conclude that I have a strong feeling that whoever created this image must be joking...at least, i hope
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2012 at 7:20 am
    I`m pretty sure the Flat Earth Soceity isn`t a troll group. After doing some looking they appear to really believe this crap.
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    justadiver Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2012 at 8:52 am
    I think the flat earth church was real up till the 1940`s. This current group was "founded in 1956 by Samuel Shenton, a fellow at the Royal Astronomic Society and the Royal Geographic Society." I`m pretty sure it`s a hoax, just like Nessie and crop circles. The Brits love to sell us B.S.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Your #1 reasoning is wrong. If you`re flying east, the earth is rotating AWAY from you, so using your reasoning it would take longer as you`d be trying to catch up. The actual difference in time has to do with the winds in the upper altitudes. (which IS caused by the rotation of the earth).

    If you want a much more valid demonstration, why does NASA launch to the East? (so they get a boost from the direction the earth is rotating...to launch to the west would require you to OVERCOME the speed of the spin just to become relative to the center of the earth, THEN obtain orbit velocity from that point).

    #2: The force that makes us stay on the ground is GRAVITY. This is not the same the same as centrepital force.
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    TheShmoo Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2012 at 11:21 am
    @jacos27. Yeah you`re right, the first one is to do with your relative velocity with regard to the earth, thats why we appear to be staionary. The second one doesn`t take into account that the world isn`t hollow like a balloon and the third one is eughhh....... I give up, I`m going to live in a cave and hope I never meet the person who made this crap.
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    mjbarnhart Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    Now I know what the Tea Party has been up to lately.

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