Ancient historians who lived thousands of years ago, like Hectaeus and Miletus, believed the Earth had a flat shape. Many also believed it was surrounded by water. Over time, other Greek theories emerged. Philosophers more commonly agreed with the idea of a spherical Earth. In 330 BC, Aristotle provided evidence to support the theory for a spherical Earth.
Fast forward to the present day and vast amounts of scientific proof prove Aristotle’s theory. Despite all of the evidence found, some people still believe the Earth is flat. In fact, the most outspoken “Flat Earthers” just happen to be public figures. Their platforms allow them to reach a wide audience and spread the word about the “Modern Flat Earth” society.
Samuel Shelton founded the Flat Earth Society in 1956. He publically expressed that his beliefs were based on common sense and personal observation. Despite being presented a large amount of scientific evidence to prove him wrong, Shelton wouldn’t budge.
He claimed that any photographic evidence was fake. Up until his death in 1971, he dedicated his life to finding evidence and spreading the word about Earth’s flat shape.
Daredevil Mike Hughes also goes by the nickname Mad. During the day, he works as a limo driver. However, his after-hours hobby has quite literally skyrocketed him to fame.
Hughes is known as a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist who also flys in his self-built rockets. One of the reasons he launches out of these dangerous rockets is because he wants to see for himself if the Earth is flat.
Dave Murphy, a former graphic designer, took his life in a different direction when he realized modern society’s lies. He now dedicates his time to seeking the truth about subjects like the monetary system, the legal system, and the flat-Earth theory.
Murphy lives off-grid and travels around the world as a public speaker trying to educate the world on his beliefs.
Former professional boxer Carl Froch surprised the public during his open conversation about the earth being flat on the Pound for Pound Podcast.
“The Earth is flat, 100 percent. There is no proof of the Earth’s curvature and this fake space agency NASA uses CGI images and every one is different,” said Froch. He went on to comment that most pictures of a curved Earth look like cartoons.
Millie Bobby Brown
The young English actress, Millie Bobby Brown, is most famously known for her role in Stranger Things. During an Instagram Live video, she was asked by a fan if she believed the earth was flat. Her response was quite shocking.
“There are so many reasons that lead to the fact that it’s flat, I mean think about it,” Brown said. Despite publically announcing that she was a “Flat Eather,” fans are still debating if she meant what she said or not.
Herodotus of Halicarnassus
Herodotus of Halicarnassus is another ancient Greek historian who believed that the Earth indeed had multiple ends. Throughout his life, he was well respected for his detailed record of the origins of the Greco-Persian Wars.
Herodotus may have lived in an era where astronomy research was just beginning. However, modern-day Flat Earthers credit the ancient historian for his widely accepted views.
Yet another American athlete has been added to the “Flat Earthers” list. Geno Smith, an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, posted on Twitter questioning if Earth was truly a globe.
On February 24, 2018, Smith tweeted, “How many of the people who undoubtedly know Earth is a globe also believe in the Big Bang theory & evolution?” It didn’t take very long for him to receive thousands of Twitter responses.
Daniel Shenton, a 33-year-old American, has been the president of the Flat Earth Society since 2004. He often posts pictures to social media of him spanning his arms out vertically as a symbol of his flat-Earth beliefs.
Shenton currently lives in London, England. “There is no unified flat-Earth model; the most commonly accepted one is that it’s more or less a disc,” says Shenton. When Shenton isn’t preaching his flat-Earth theories, he enjoys riding his motorbike.
Writer Eric Dubay believes so much in the theory that the earth is flat that he is determined to get others to believe in it too. His book, The Flat-Earth Conspiracy, was published in 2014. The book highlights over 500 years of lies and deceit.
It also offers proof as to why he thinks the earth is flat. His now-deleted YouTube account once had a massive following and is credited as one of the reasons he became so well known.
George Bernard Shaw
Now that the modern flat-Earth phenomenon has taken place, more people are digging into the past to see if any other historians believed in the theory. People are claiming that George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright, and political activist, was a “Flat Earther.”
People are claiming that he hinted to his beliefs when he publically said, “We believe it to be round, not because as many as one percent of us could give the physical reasons for so quaint a belief, but because modern science has convinced us that nothing this obvious is true and that everything that is magical, improbable, extraordinary, gigantic, microscopic, heartless, or outrageous is scientific.”
Lindsey Thiry, Los Angeles Rams team reporter for ESPN’s NFL Nation, took to Twitter to out Sammy Watkins, NFL wide receiver, as a “Flat Earther.” On September 19, 2017, Thiry tweeted, “Rams receiver Sammy Watkins is among those who believe the earth is flat.”
When someone asked where she got this information, she simply tweeted “Sammy Watkins.” Watkins later publically admitted that he supports Irving’s claims that the earth is flat.
Draymond Green, an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors, hopped on the flat-Earth bandwagon. Shortly after Irving made headlines for his flat-Earth beliefs, Green went public backing him up.
“Who’s to say that picture from NASA is telling the truth? I can make a round picture with my iPhone today, on the panoramic camera, and make it look so round. So, I don’t know, but it could be,” said Green.
Stefon Diggs was selected to play as a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 NFL draft. He is also another American athlete to publically come out as a “Flat Earther.”
Diggs made his beliefs public when he tweeted, “How mad would you guys be if I said I agree with Kyrie? Well, don’t care.” He went on to ask for someone to prove that it’s not right besides showing him a picture as proof.
Some people may know AJ Styles as a professional wrestler while others may think of him as simply a Flat Earther. When asked about the theory, Styles said, “I’m just saying there are some things about it that make sense.”
That’s all he had to say for the media to run with the statement. Since then, Styles has been widely known as a “Flat Earther.”
Americans aren’t the only ones who tend to believe the Earth is flat. Freddie Flintoff, an English television presenter and former cricketer, made his beliefs on the subject publicly known.
He spoke about his flat-Earth theory on-air with BBC’s Radio 5 podcast. “How doesn’t the water in the ocean wobble if Earth is hurtling through space?” said Flintoff. Following his interview with the renowned radio station, Flintoff made headlines all around Europe.
Kyrie Irving, an NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, made multiple headlines in 2017 … and they weren’t for his basketball playing. Irving shocked his fans when he publicly spoke about the flat-Earth theory.
“Does it matter to you that I believe the world is flat? It doesn’t really matter,” said Irving. He proceeded to talk about how happy he was that his conversation got people talking about the subject.
Fans were left speechless when Thomas Dolby, an English musician, announced that he believed the Earth was flat. Dolby originally came to fame in 1980 when he released his album The Flat Earth featuring the hit song “She Blinded Me with Science.”
More recently, he has been in the limelight for his outspoken conspiracy theories. The Flat Earth Society credits Dolby’s album for inspiring their leader, Daniel Shenton, to discover their theory.
Bobby Ray Simmons is a renowned rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is more commonly known by his stage name B.o.B. Simmons shocked the world when he came out as a “Flat Eather.”
In 2016, he took to Twitter to share a picture of himself. His caption read, “The cities in the background are approx. 16 miles apart. Where is the curve? Please explain this.” Shortly after, he proceeded to tweet multiple photographs taken at high altitudes, which claim to prove that the Earth is flat.
One of the most outspoken “Flat Earthers” is Tila Tequila, a reality television star. Tequila took to Twitter to make known her stance on the Earth’s shape. She tweeted almost a hundred tweets a minute back in 2016 discussing various conspiracy theories.
One of the tweets that seemed to get the most attention were the ones questioning if the Earth is really round. “How come in all the fake @NASA CGI pics of the Earth, you can never see background stars and planets? Oh yeah because it’s fake,” tweeted Tequila.
Logan Paul, an American YouTuber, skyrocketed to stardom by creating funny video content. As of 2019, he has around 18 million subscribers and an estimated net worth of $19 million.
One of Paul’s most recent projects is his 50-minute satirical documentary exploring flat-Earth conspiracy theories. The majority of his documentary is him going around talking to other flat-Earth believers and listening to their theories and beliefs.