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Old 11-22-2017, 08:40 AM
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Default This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat

A special kind of crazy or seeking glory?

Seeking to*prove*that a conspiracy of astronauts*fabricated the*shape*of the*Earth,*a California man intends to*launch*himself 1,800 feet high*on Saturday in a rocket he built from scrap metal.
Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long*flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill*him, Mike Hughes*told the Associated Press,*his*journey into the*atmosflat will*mark the first phase of*his ambitious flat-Earth space program.
Hughes’s ultimate goal is*a subsequent*launch that puts*him miles above the Earth,*where*the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to*photograph proof of*the*disc we all live on.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.26c006862b09

Godspeed young man Darwin needs more astronauts, what could go wrong?

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Old 11-22-2017, 08:52 AM
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Ha ha, Evel Knievel's long lost relative? He better get a pay Per View going, it will pay for his funeral.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:52 AM
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here's the key phrase that explains everything:

"Hughes only recently converted to flat-Eartherism, after struggling for months to raise funds for his follow-up flight over the Mojave."

'nuff said.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:55 AM
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Wouldn’t it be cheaper to take photos out the window of pretty much any commercial flight? Heck, he’d even be able to take more photos because he wouldn’t have to be frantically pulling on the parking brake like Wile E Coyote while trying to delay his impending death......


I’m sure that rocket will only need the briefest of pre-launch safety checks after being parked unsecured overnight at the Holiday Inn Express. (I’m picturing an engineering student frat party stumbling by the unattended rocket in the wee hours of the morning .....)
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:21 AM
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Probably just bought Billion in life insurance. Wonder if we can bet on this experiment in Vegas?
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:26 AM
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:36 AM
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i wish i would have known sooner i would have thrown $20 in the pot to watch him die
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:46 AM
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Sounds like he switched sides to get funding for his rocketry.

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It was originally scheduled for early 2016 in a Kickstarter campaign — “From Garage to Outer Space!”

The Kickstarter raised $310 of its $150,000 goal.
Now he's got the funding through "Research Flat Earth".
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:47 AM
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I sort of collect scams, there haven't been too many lately but this qualifies. The first AO member who guesses how this guy will make $ on this deal will get to take a bow.

For the younger members Evil Knievel said he was going to jump the snake river canyon on a motor cycle and I think that he was able to sell tickets.

What the buyers saw was Evil float to the bottom on the canyon on a parachute.
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Old 11-22-2017, 12:49 PM
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" ... Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the Atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program. ... "

I've always wanted to journey, way up there to the Atmosflat !

Thanks for the chuckle, Bat119

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Old 11-22-2017, 01:15 PM
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The earth is flat and the moon is round....hummm
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Old 11-22-2017, 01:22 PM
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The earth is flat and the moon is round....hummm
Maybe he'd like to take Trudeau along as a passenger?

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Old 11-22-2017, 02:19 PM
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Maybe he'd like to take Trudeau along as a passenger?

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Oooh! Quick, start up a GoFundMe for that one - I'm sure you'll have enough contributions in no time flat!
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Old 11-22-2017, 02:52 PM
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Good luck rocket man Mike...you’re going to need it.

This kind of reminds me of when I was young and a buddy and I decided to make home-made parachutes out of duck taped garbage bags and rope. I was lucky buddy went first. We climbed onto the roof of his parents two-story house and strapped ourselves in. I still remember him jumping off and plummeting straight to the ground. For some reason the parachute never opened. Then the screaming and crying started. I learned at least two things that day; it’s always good to have one friend who is braver/stupider than you to try stuff out on and ankles and arms hurt real bad when broken.
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:24 PM
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The earth is flat and the moon is round....hummm
And the sun is just freaking bright & hot
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:04 PM
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The earth is flat and the moon is round....hummm
... can round objects not be flat? What about a round dining room table?

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Old 11-22-2017, 04:41 PM
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Angry Hunter. Decided to ride the Bullet.
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:42 PM
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Is this the same group who had Galileo placed under house arrest for the same claims?
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:56 PM
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What a beauty eh! Genetics gonna stop right after the launch.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:03 PM
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My drone can go up to 5000 ft.

Just sayin.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:03 PM
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What a beauty eh! Genetics gonna stop right after the launch.
I think you meant to say “right at the crash site”!

Excuse me if I’m wrong.

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Old 11-22-2017, 05:24 PM
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The earth is flat and the moon is round....hummm
The moon doesn't spin therefore you can't proce its a ball...however I can prove looking up that it is a round flat plate. Just like the Earth is seen by the man on the moon.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:28 PM
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The moon doesn't spin therefore you can't proce its a ball...
Huh? The moon does rotate, takes 27 days to make a single rotation. Just appears to be still.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:30 PM
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'You can't fool me - It's elephants all the way down!'
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:31 PM
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If the earth was flat we would have run out of water a long time ago. Riddle me that, Batman.

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Old 11-22-2017, 05:33 PM
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Or, if the earth was flat day and night would be the same length of time at all latitudes.

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Old 11-22-2017, 05:35 PM
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Anyone else got a silly counter argument for the flat earthers?

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Old 11-22-2017, 05:37 PM
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Huh? The moon does rotate, takes 27 days to make a single rotation. Just appears to be still.
The moon spins once every cycle, hence we only see one side of it

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Old 11-22-2017, 05:38 PM
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He should take his nano lube and put the rocket away
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:45 PM
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I read this story on my phone at work today. My co-workers thought I had gone slightly mad the way I was giggling to myself.
What could go wrong? A rocket made out of scrap metal, painted Rustoleum (Tremclad for us Canadians) red and launched from a "modified" motorhome.
Powered by steam...

At least hye's thoughtful enough to leave a few days worth of cat food for his four cats. Gotta give him credit for that...

I'm still giggly thinking about it...
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