When asked the question, “Is the earth flat or round?”, most people would unanimously exclaim “Round!”. Because that is what we have been taught in schools all these years. However, there is a section of people who opine that the Earth is not round, but ‘flat’. Researchers from the ‘Flat Earth Society’, yes that is what they call themselves’, say that Earth is not round but an “oblate spheroid”. There have been raging debates between the believers of the ‘Earth is round’ and ‘Earth is flat’ theories, with no definitive conclusion. And now, seems like the SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has stepped into the debate with his tweet. The tweet simply read: ‘Why is there no Flat Mars Society’, but it was enough to spark off a ring of responses by the ever vigilant Twitterati. There were a few sharp ones from the official Flat Earth Society too.
These societies are believed to have existed since the middle of the twentieth century. Elon Musk’s tweet on the absence of a Flat Mars Society was preceded by a tweet where he spoke about how Mars’ sky is different from Earth because it turns blue during sunrise and sunset and red during the day. Things were fine until he tweeted ‘Why is there no Flat Mars Society’, which immediately drew strong reactions from not just the Flat Earth Society, but also the supporters of this theory. The Tweeple also took the opportunity to crack a few jokes on Musk, and we must admit they were hilarious.
Here is Elon Musk’s tweet:
Why is there no Flat Mars Society!?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2017
Here is the Flat Earth Society’s response:
Hi Elon, thanks for the question. Unlike the Earth, Mars has been observed to be round.
We hope you have a fantastic day!
— Flat Earth Society (@FlatEarthOrg) November 28, 2017
Don’t miss the hilarious responses from the Twitterati:
there will be once they arrive there in the MuskSpaceXBigHonkinRocket.
— Chris Mahan (@chris_mahan) November 29, 2017
Some made fun of the ‘Flat Earthers’:
— Carltøn (@Carltxn_) November 30, 2017
Here’s another hilarious one:
That’s about as flat as it’ll get pic.twitter.com/dx3qzcCbHQ
— Celtic (@Con_Shaunnery) November 29, 2017
More shapes floating around:
Because Mars is not flat, it is concave! pic.twitter.com/RuCXP4EaMJ
— Alvaromz (@alvaromzt) November 28, 2017
A sarcastic tweet:
Oh would it blind them with the science! Behold! It is indeed a ball, take a look through this perculiar invention of the modern age!
— ClaudeVader (@crayonparlour) November 29, 2017
The people supporting the ‘flat Earth’ theory have dismissed years of observational evidence that suggest that the Earth is round. Instead, they have set up ambitious crowdfunding campaigns to conduct their own ‘real’ scientific experiments. Recently, a ‘Flat-Earther’ called Mike Huges was in the news for making a homemade rocket. He was all set for his journey in this rocket to prove that the Earth is flat. Well, irrespective of which theory you believe in, these Twitter interactions are sure to bring a smile on your face!