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Old 05-30-2017, 08:13 PM
Fenris Fenris is offline
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The points are at the corners. The flat earth is shaped like a square not a circle, after all.

Kidding aside, there was some line in the Bible about something-something-four-corners-of-the-earth and some 1850s? Bible literalists took the "EVERY WORD IS TRUE" bit a little too seriously. Also, there was something about disproving various sciences (speed of light stuff, etc) by having a flat or hollow or bowl shaped earth.

Best source I've ever read about it (and I haven't read it for years, hence the fuzzy details above) is Martin Gardner's Fads and Fallacies In The Name Of Science which has a long chapter on hollow/flat earthers (and actually takes the time to explain what they actually believe, before getting snarky about it.) I highly recommend it. It's the best guide to kook science ever published.