Meet the people who believe the Earth is Flaaaaaaaaaaat

Meet the people who believe the Earth is flat

When Malachi Henderson went skydiving a few weeks ago, he noticed that the Earth looked flat, even from the plane. He mentioned it to the pilot. “The higher you get, the flatter it looks,” the pilot replied. Henderson wasn’t surprised: The pilot’s response was evidence of something he’d been researching for years.

Henderson is one of a growing movement of Americans who believe that the Earth is flat. They refer to themselves as flat Earthers.

Flat Earthers have a wide range of convictions. Some come to the movement from a religious place, others from a scientific one. But most believe in one simple principle: that NASA and everyone involved in space exploration are liars and that there is a massive conspiracy to hide the fact that the Earth is flat.

Mic spoke with four flat Earthers from across the country, representing a range of ages and religious backgrounds: Henderson, a 34-year-old bartender; Patrice, 57, a business owner from Florida; Walt Johnson, a 49-year-old disabled former disk jockey from Louisiana; and Ben Long, in his 20s.

These are their stories.

The moment they discovered the Earth was flat

One thing most flat Earthers have in common: They found the movement through the internet, though some had already come to the conclusion on their own.

Patrice, who declined to provide her last name, is a Christian. “I love the Lord,” she said in a phone call. “He really guides and directs my steps.” Browsing YouTube one day, Patrice saw “something just about that little phrase ‘flat Earth.’ It just kind of dropped into my brain. I felt like the Lord was saying, ‘Look into that.'”

Ben Long is a member of the flat Earth community who goes by @collusionexpert on Twitter. He first “looked into it” on New Year’s Day 2016, he said. “I broke up with my girlfriend on New Year’s Eve, and I kind of had, like, an early-midlife-crisis-type deal.”

Long got interested in the scene through a man named Eric Dubay, who makes popular YouTube videos about major conspiracy-related topics like the Freemasons and Hitler.

Long said he’s not really interested in the other topics: “Eric’s views on other things aren’t really related.” Patrice seemed more intrigued. “I don’t know if you can handle what I really think about Hitler,” she said. “That subject is at the very bottom of the rabbit hole.” 


5 thoughts on “Meet the people who believe the Earth is Flaaaaaaaaaaat

  1. uniluv2go4 December 17, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Thanks, useful as mostly is. Keep up help to so very many.


  2. BurntToast December 26, 2016 at 6:24 am Reply

    This post uses the word “believe’ 4 separate times, yet when it is used in comments there is pushback.


    • jwlpeace December 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

      Hey Burntoast, thanx for the grammar check. If you wish/want to make petty commentary about such trivial matters as whether I use believe, your need to find other sites to troll, thanx. Can i see your work and research? No? Don’t put yourself out there at all, just make inane comments on serious sites created to educate, alert and inform. Thought so. Time to move on troll. Thanx.


  3. BurntToast December 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm Reply


    I’m glad to see we can agree calling our use of the word believe/belief is trivial. Better to discuss real topics.

    Would this be a good time to ask you to consider responding to my serious comments that were previously avoided due to a “belief” or perhaps some other problem? Here are some place where a comment raised significant points, and was left unanswered (are my ideas right or wrong; no one seems to be able to give feedback).


    • jwlpeace December 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm Reply

      Hey Burntoast,
      i’m slammed to get my Flat Earth book out right now. it will rock the world with info, facts and 5,000 years of Geocentric history much taken by my over 950 posts on this site. If you line item your questions succinctly and clearly and send to my email, at, i’ll try and answer when i can. i just don’t have time now.thanx


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