I’m always excited to get an email saying there’s a comment that needs moderation because it means someone has read the blog and was moved to respond.
However, it’s almost always spam because—let’s face it—nobody really reads this thing. Fine. I continue to fill the universe with words it didn’t need FOR ITS OWN GOOD, KENNETH.
This time, the spam was brilliant in its ineptitude:
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Is this not glorious? You’re welcome. “Hit the nail on the top” is now part of my lexicon. Probably “Folks could take a signal” as well.
(For the record, the URL of the commenter was bestbariatricsurgeon.org from Mumbai. And it was a comment on GinTonic No. 7.)
UPDATE, 3/24: Another spam message to be approved:
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To recap for those of you too lazy to watch this nice man’s video:
Here we see the set up: the god-fearing flat earth Person, standing on the Actual Earth, with his Globe* and his Airplane.
If you fly a plane from the north pole to the south pole, he says, look what happens. First…
… you have to start tilting your Airplane down in order to keep your plane level with the Earth. LEVEL WITH THE EARTH, KENNETH! This continues without let until…
…you are forced to fly your Airplane upside down before you can even land. This is clearly unpossible, and therefore it is irrefutable proof that the earth cannot be a sphere.
Okay. Let’s rewind the tape and insert a play by play here.
First we start at the north pole.
Pay attention to the little arrows. The little blue one shows the tiny Airplane in relation to the Globe*. The longer green one shows the Airplane in relation to the Actual Earth, which is where our irrefutable Person is, in fact, actually standing. The blue and green lines are in agreement about which way is up and which way is down.
… something seems to be happening here…
Hm. The blue and green lines are no longer in agreement about which way is up and which way is down. In fact, they are diametrically opposed. So why is our Person so convinced that the Airplane must be upside down if it flies to the south pole? Let’s remove the Globe* from the picture.
Why, look, he’s right! The Airplaneis upside down! In relation to the Actual Earth, it is in fact, irrefutably, upside down.
But that’s not what is happening in real life, is it? Let’s zoom in on his model and change it into the Actual Earth:
Oh. The Airplane, in circumnavigating the Actual Earth, would find itself rightside up the entire trip, even when it passes over our now-Australian Person. Hm.
Let me be very clear: my little demonstration here did not in any way prove that the Actual Earthis a sphere. But it sure as shootin’ refuted Mr. Hall’s simplest, irrefutable proof that it isn’t.
In other words, this is not the proof you’re looking for, Kenneth.