Former NBA basketball star Shaquille O'Neal recently announced that he believed the earth is flat (video below).
O'Neal based his theory on his cross country drives during a recent episode of the "Big Podcast with Shaq," notes USA Today:
It’s true. The Earth is flat... The Earth is flat... Yes, it is... Yes, it is... Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind-- what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, "Oh, Columbus discovered America," but when he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with the long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America.
So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this s*** is flat to me. I’m just saying... I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me... I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity, have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings?
So, you mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat... The world is flat... The world is flat... Satellite imagery? That could be drawn and made up... I'm just saying when I drive from Florida to New York, flat. New York to Seattle, flat. Seattle down to L.A., flat. L.A. back to Florida, flat.
According to Yahoo! Sports, O'Neal is not the only basketball player who believes in a flat earth. Cleveland Cavaliers player Kyrie Irving reportedly said: "Can you really think of us rotating around the sun, and all planets align, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these 'planets' and stuff like this?"
Denver Nuggets player Wilson Chandler and Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green both agreed with Irving; Green suggested that NASA's pictures of a round earth could be fake because people can change pictures of globes with their cell phones.
Nerdist noted that if the world were flat, then, with the right equipment, one could watch a ship sail from the Western Hemisphere to the Eastern Hemisphere without losing sight of the vessel. However, because the earth is round, ships visually disappear below the horizon.
Nerdist also said that people in different parts of the world see different space constellations, and added that if the earth were flat then everyone would see the same constellations.
The brainy website stated that if the earth were flat, objects of the same size would cast equal size shadows all the time. But because the Earth is round, the sun shines on each object differently (if the same size objects are far enough apart).