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article imageThe Fall Of Microsoft Vista And The Conspiracy Of The World Being Round

By Michelle Duffy     Oct 15, 2008 in Science
Even in this day and age some of us who still think that the world is flat. Yet a "flat-earther" was a term used to describe someone who were lacking in the intelligence department. Now we are going to have to think again
It is, as most of you will know, the 50th birthday of the very company who gave us the world, Earth, Moon and even the stars - NASA. We can expect the full nine yards as we say in the UK - ticker tape parades, big bands and brightly coloured costumes, yet there has been more to simply putting a man on the Moon when it comes to NASA. As much as we have learned a life time of science about how our planet looks, moves and is seen by anyone else living out in space, there is a tiny space of this Universe for that element of argument.
For the crew of Apollo 8 - the world stood still for one brief moment. On Christmas Eve, 1968, the crew held up a camera to the Earth and took a picture of what they saw - the photograph which was titled, Earthrise, shows the world to be a complete and untouched sphere - not to be argued, yet there are some to believe that the picture showing the beautiful roundness of this planet of ours, was a fake.
It was from the words of Aristotle, the Greek thinker, who first gave the world substantial evidence of it's sphere shape. This evidence from a far back in time as 330 BC, showed us that the world could very well be round and whole, despite the fact that no one to that date, had discovered much more of the planet that the next person. It was further on around the 8th Century AD, that the idea of the world being a sphere was debated and therefore, accepted by the work of Bede.
So where did the spark of thought ignite that the world was flat? It appears that the thought had transpired as a giant part of a theory conspiracy by space agencies, governments and scientists, which has claimed believers worldwide.
So why would such a movement of flat-earthers be a headline? Nothing these days wanders far away from the grasp of technology. We cannot turn a corner without seeing a advert for some new gadget or computer, so perhaps what I am about to report on now won't come as much of a surprise.
Microsoft has been at the feet of thousands of years of believing that the world was flat. So much so that they have adopted the past theory and plastered their new Vista advertisement around it. Around $300m has been thrown at the failing reputation of Windows Vista, pointing the finger of criticism at those they believe have the same intelligence at those who still think the world is flat.
However, this may well be an ad too far. Could Microsoft really be insulting a section of the community? Does this mean that there could really be some of us who still think that if we were to sail towards the horizon, we would literally far off the edge of the world? Answer: Yes.
Flat-earthers gather in the deepest recesses of the Internet in small chat rooms where they are free to discuss and explore their theories, believing that the world being round, is just a conspiracy. Yet they agree with us on one thing - that the MS ad is practically offensive, no matter what you believe in. Flat-earther, John Davis says,
"People are definitely prejudiced against flat-earthers. Many use the term 'flat-earther' as a term of abuse, and with connotations that imply blind faith, ignorance or even anti-intellectualism."
The 25 year old Canadian, now living in the US, as a computer expert, found his beliefs in the Flat Earth Society some time ago. He continued,
"I came to realise how much we take at face value. We humans seem to be pleased with just accepting what we are told, no matter how much it goes against our senses. (I believe) the Earth is flat and horizontally infinite - it stretches horizontally forever. And it is at least 9,000 kilometres deep."
Also, in the UK, we have our own believers in the flat earth theory. James McIntyre, moderator of the FE discussion website, added,
"The Earth is, more or less, a disc. Obviously it isn't perfectly flat thanks to geological phenomena like hills and valleys. It is around 24,900 miles in diameter."
It's all a hard concept to gather for the rest of us "sphere believers" even our own children know the idea of the world being round before they attend school. So, back to the conspiracy, what would have been the gain? Money of course, one big hoax to con us all out of pots of cash, well, this is what the flat-earthers believe to be true, if nothing else.
Mr McIntyre said of the "fake" pictures,
"The space agencies of the world are involved in an international conspiracy to dupe the public for vast profit. These photos are fake".
So what about the fact that no one has actually fallen off the edge of the world?
"This is perhaps one of the most commonly asked questions. A cursory examination of a flat earth map fairly well explains the reason - the North Pole is central, and Antarctica comprises the entire circumference of the Earth. Circumnavigation is a case of travelling in a very broad circle across the surface of the Earth."
Just beware the next time you take a boat out...
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