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    Quote Originally Posted by Lepton View Post
    Does anybody here have any idea how Pangea fits into flat Earth theory?
    Yeah, that's easy.

    Deny that It Exists and cover your ears when the evidence is presented.
    If it's presented loudly, then loudly cast all doubt upon Pangea that you can.

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    There is no way the Earth is flat


    I put it on charge first thing this morning

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    Why, it never existed of course.

    http://theflatearthsociety.net/forum...35&topic=200.0

    Warning: Reading that thread may actually decrease your IQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaddon View Post
    Why, it never existed of course.

    http://theflatearthsociety.net/forum...35&topic=200.0

    Warning: Reading that thread may actually decrease your IQ
    Goodbye plate tectonics. Would it be ok if I said they were crazy?

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    Feel free.

    Im inclined to let the evidence speak for itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaddon View Post
    Feel free.

    Im inclined to let the evidence speak for itself.
    I suppose if someone is inclined for some reason to believe the Earth is flat, they can't be expected to understand or accept science.

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    Neverfly, you missed another irrefutable argument.

    If the Earth were a sphere, all our houses would have to be built with walls that were farther apart at the top than at the bottom. (Draw this for yourself if you don't believe me.) If they weren't, the walls would all fall inward during construction.

    But I've worked on houses, and watched others being built, and I know for a fact that the top edge of every wall is exactly the same length as the bottom edge. So the Earth has to be flat. QED!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lepton View Post
    Since Mr. Plait is now the president of the James Randi Educational Foundation maybe you can have him submit an application on your behalf for the 1 million dollar challenge since you are apparently psychic
    Eh, million, schmillion. It doesn't go as far as it used to go.

    I'd much rather receive one of those coveted Pigasus awards. There's a mark of destinktion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    BAM!
    One Menu comin' up...
    HA!

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    I used to think these guys were some kind of stand up routine, maybe the likes of Weekly World News fictional news which would feature headlines like Batchild born, Bat child escapes, Batchild found. I though the whole movement was a tabloid comical joke, but after looking into them their 'movement' seems serious. They are everywhere on the fringe internet... I don't know how to class their mindset, maybe half pseudo mysticism, maybe just generally anti-everything rational, anti-establishment coast 2 coast conspiracy radio, they type of people who spend day and weeks trying to photograph 'Bigfoot' and good deal of paranoia stuff about aliens and lizard people

    They were in the news again recently

    The Flat Earth Society Just Responded to Elon Musk's Tweet And We're Confused
    https://www.sciencealert.com/the-fla...ars-conspiracy
    While pondering the exotic spectacle of the Martian sunset, the CEO wondered: given there's such a thing as the Flat Earth Society (yep), why doesn't the Red Planet have its own equivalent?

    "Why is there no Flat Mars Society!?" he tweeted, probably just to amuse himself and his followers, and likely never expecting to find a serious response.


    There have been similar threads on the forum before
    https://forum.cosmoquest.org/showthr...-Flat!!!/page4
    this one provided 4 pages of amusement

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    There is no way the Earth is flat


    I put it on charge first thing this morning
    LMAO, so silly its genius!

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    Major necromancy, almost as much as dredging up ancient misconceptions about the universe and promoting them in the modern era.

    Although to be fair, the ancients were never heavy on flat earth. Geocentrism yes, but not flat Earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie B. View Post
    Neverfly, you missed another irrefutable argument.

    If the Earth were a sphere, all our houses would have to be built with walls that were farther apart at the top than at the bottom. (Draw this for yourself if you don't believe me.) If they weren't, the walls would all fall inward during construction.

    But I've worked on houses, and watched others being built, and I know for a fact that the top edge of every wall is exactly the same length as the bottom edge. So the Earth has to be flat. QED!
    Then why are the bums of builders, visible on account of their low slung work jeans, clearly round? Eh? Eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom View Post
    Major necromancy, almost as much as dredging up ancient misconceptions about the universe and promoting them in the modern era.

    Although to be fair, the ancients were never heavy on flat earth. Geocentrism yes, but not flat Earth.
    Which ancients, and what do you mean by "never heavy on flat earth"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    Which ancients, and what do you mean by "never heavy on flat earth"?
    I think the point there is that it was simply a handy description to consider the earth flat for any ancient, not a matter of religious zeal like the "Latter Day Flats".

    I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    Which ancients, and what do you mean by "never heavy on flat earth"?
    I think they mean that most everybody who thought about it realized that the earth was round.

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    Yes, I think “heavy on” something means that you like it. I’m not sure if it’s a new expression of one from the sixties. I think that people used to say “that’s heavy” to mean what my generate would say “cool.”
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    So! The flat earth theory really has taken off all over the world! What is everyone's take. Of course I am a "glober" but I can't believe how it's escalated over the years. Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Do flatearthers actually believe what they preach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmylou View Post
    Do flatearthers actually believe what they preach?
    I suspect like most such non-mainstream ideas, its a mixture. There are probably some true believers. There are some who are just trying to scam some money off of it. There are some who just like opposing whatever most people / science / government says is true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Yes, I think “heavy on” something means that you like it. I’m not sure if it’s a new expression of one from the sixties. I think that people used to say “that’s heavy” to mean what my generate would say “cool.”
    Don't recall "heavy on". "Heavy" meant "really serious, not funny at all". "That's heavy" was usually given in response to bad/sad news.

    signed, a guy born in 1955

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    "Heavy on [a thing]" means "emphasizing, or having a lot of [a thing]"; the opposite is "light on".
    "The school is heavy on sport, light on academic subjects." "The recipe turned out to be a bit heavy on the salt." "She's a bit light on experience for this job." A pretty standard phrase hereabouts, at least as far back as my parents' generation.

    Merriam-Webster seems to understand it, so I assume it's not entirely British English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmylou View Post
    So! The flat earth theory really has taken off all over the world!
    Is there a real uptick? Is there a report giving evidence of such?


    Quote Originally Posted by grant
    "Heavy on [a thing]" means "emphasizing, or having a lot of [a thing]"; the opposite is "light on".
    "The school is heavy on sport, light on academic subjects." "The recipe turned out to be a bit heavy on the salt." "She's a bit light on experience for this job." A pretty standard phrase hereabouts, at least as far back as my parents' generation.
    Decades ago, IIRC, we used the synonyms of "strong" and "weak" more often, but those words come across as a too strong heavy today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emmylou View Post
    So! The flat earth theory really has taken off all over the world! What is everyone's take. Of course I am a "glober" but I can't believe how it's escalated over the years. Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Do flatearthers actually believe what they preach?
    It might seem that way but I think the internet has distorted this round of stupidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Don't recall "heavy on". "Heavy" meant "really serious, not funny at all". "That's heavy" was usually given in response to bad/sad news.

    signed, a guy born in 1955
    These days, "heavy" is an idiom for a cluster of meanings around "good", "remarkable" and "serious".
    I recently overheard a couple of guys discussing the carbon-fibre frame on a new road bike belonging to one of the collocutors. The other hefted the bike gently and then said: "Oh man, that's pure dead heavy light!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    These days, "heavy" is an idiom for a cluster of meanings around "good", "remarkable" and "serious".
    I recently overheard a couple of guys discussing the carbon-fibre frame on a new road bike belonging to one of the collocutors. The other hefted the bike gently and then said: "Oh man, that's pure dead heavy light!"
    Perhaps "heavy" means, for the bike, "heavy-duty", meaning it felt light and strong.

    I wonder if the word's use in songs over the years reflects similar changes. "He ain't heavy, he's my brother" was the hook line in N. Diamond's old song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    ... "Oh man, that's pure dead heavy light!"
    Reminds me of Iain M Bank's name for a Culture ship "Pure Big Mad Boat Man". I think I can just about get the gist, if you ken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Perhaps "heavy" means, for the bike, "heavy-duty", meaning it felt light and strong.
    I can see why you might think that, but it's an example of two nations divided by a common language, again. When all the words are familiar to you, it's tempting to try to parse the phrase so as to retain the meanings you know. But trust me, I'm native speaker. "Pure", "dead" and "heavy" were all intensifiers of the word "light" - the bike was uniquely, extremely, remarkably light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I can see why you might think that, but it's an example of two nations divided by a common language, again. When all the words are familiar to you, it's tempting to try to parse the phrase so as to retain the meanings you know. But trust me, I'm native speaker. "Pure", "dead" and "heavy" were all intensifiers of the word "light" - the bike was uniquely, extremely, remarkably light.
    I'll trust you on this one, though a linguistical history found in UK rock band lyrics would be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I wonder if the word's use in songs over the years reflects similar changes. "He ain't heavy, he's my brother" was the hook line in N. Diamond's old song.
    I was thinking that too. Neil Diamond performed it, as did the Hollies, but it was written by a pair of American songwriters. I don’t really understand the meaning there. Does it mean evil?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I was thinking that too. Neil Diamond performed it, as did the Hollies, but it was written by a pair of American songwriters. I don’t really understand the meaning there. Does it mean evil?


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    Actually, I should have looked it up before asking. Apparently it means heavy in the regular sense, as it’s about carrying a sick brother or something,


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I was thinking that too. Neil Diamond performed it, as did the Hollies, but it was written by a pair of American songwriters. I don’t really understand the meaning there. Does it mean evil?
    Think of the Good Samaritan parable. "Heavy" here means a burden, but if you save your brother by carrying him then the weight is not the issue.

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