Some conspiracy theories turn out to be true, like how the US Navy fired on North Vietnamese torpedo boats that didn’t even exist in order to justify escalating the conflict in Vietnam. But most turn out to be horseshit. There’s a difference between “Fake News” and conspiracy theorists whipping themselves into a frenzy over a non-existent child sex ring located in the basement of a pizza shop; one is malicious in intent, the other is a bunch of armchair detectives trying to front like they’re Columbo.
One such armchair detective is Nathan Thompson, founder of the Official Flat Earth and Globe Discussion. As you can tell from his grandiloquent title, Nathan thinks the world is flat. Nathan is not alone in this sentiment, as the concept has gained traction over the past few years as society has progressively gotten dumber – last year rapper B.o.B. (a bastion of scientific information, I know) was quoted as saying “No matter how high in elevation you are…the horizon is always eye level…sorry cadets…I didn’t wanna believe it either. Don’t believe what I say, research what I say. I’m going up against the greatest liars in history…you’ve been tremendously deceived.”
Nathan, however, is much more annoying in his beliefs:
Confronting a NASA scientist in Starbucks, Nathan says in his video “I said, uh, astronauts have almost died in space. Uh, they get water in their suit and they almost drowned and he said it was because of saliva. This guy right here, hang on, I’m gonna wait for him to get to the front of the line, and then I’m gonna ask him some more questions.”
For those who don’t know (which included myself until five minutes ago), flat earthers believe NASA is faking their space walks underwater, and so when the Italian astronaut Nathan is referencing almost drowned due to a suit malfunction, he believes that’s proof all the space missions are faked. In reality, the source of the water leak was a clogged filter – but humans are known to be reactionary creatures who like to have their own train of thinking reinforced, regardless of how much proof is stacked against it.
In the end, Nathan proved nothing other than the fact that he’s both an asshole who likes to harass people in Starbucks with a camera phone and an unrepentant moron. Don’t be like Nathan – the rest of us know the world goes round and round, regardless of conspiracy videos on YouTube.