Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca!
Rapper B.o.B. is following in the footsteps of Tila Tequila, having taken to Twitter to preach the good word: that the Earth is actually flat.
BoB seems to have a lot of impressive graphs and statistics to support his position, though in the end it really comes down to this: he’s very, very confused by how big the Earth is.
It’s easy to make fun of BoB for this, because he’s a fucking moron. Humans have known the Earth is round since the ancient Greeks saw the evidence with their very own eyes in an experiment that you can actually replicate, assuming you live next to an ocean with optimal weather conditions and a busy shipping industry. The Greeks noticed that as ships sailed out to sea, the hulls disappeared before the tops of their sails. That only makes sense if they’re going downward relative to you.
But it’s actually kind of hard for most people to have access to an ocean with optimal weather conditions and a busy shipping industry, so they’ve never really seen the evidence for themselves. You could theoretically see it if you’re high enough up, like in an airplane, but even then you’d need to have a wide field of vision, a very clear day, and a horizon that is relatively flat and not covered in mountains and valleys.
And that’s because the Earth is very, very big, a fact we don’t really think about or internalize very often. B.o.B. is stuck trying to figure out why he can’t see the curvature in a picture of himself in front of two cities that he says are 16 miles apart. The Earth curves at about 8 inches per mile, so each city would be about 5 feet lower than the horizon in the center.
Apparently those cities are Atlanta and Buckhead, which are actually 7.5 miles apart, meaning that they’d be about 4.5 feet lower than the center horizon. The photo he posted is 600×450 pixels. The tallest building in the photo is the Bank of America Plaza, which is 1,023 feet and is about 7 pixels high. So each pixel is about 147 feet, but BoB wants to see a difference that would be less than .007th of a pixel. It’s not going to happen. Why? Because the Earth is really. Fucking. Big.
Also? If you want to detect a very slight difference in elevation between two points, learn to take a fucking straight photo.
So yes, BoB is a moron. But he’s a moron who was failed by our education system and our society, which taught him that science is a collection of facts in some dusty books that you either have to take on faith or reject using your own observations. He, and all the morons agreeing with him on Twitter, need to understand that science is in fact a collection of finely tuned observations (not the least of which comes from astronauts going into space and looking at the Earth). These observations result in a society that uses scientific understanding to operate, including building a network of satellites that allow you to play your music on MTV (if MTV still played music), get GPS directions to the top of a mountain, and fly in an airplane from one continent to another and then back around to the place you departed without ever traveling back the way you came. It’s like magic! But it’s science.
Author: The Come Up Show