Friday, 9 March 2012

Stand still!

The earth is NOT rotating. And the Sun is going around the Earth. That's the claim of this extraordinary video. SCIENTISTS ARE LYING TO YOU.

If you don't have time to watch it, here's a precis of the content: 'The Earth isn’t rotating because if it was, we’d all be motion sick from moving at 1,000 miles an hour, which is very fast'. Repeat that about 50 times, intersperse some Christian rock music and some videos and you're good to go.

If you have half an hour to spare you could watch the video and be convinced. Or plait your own intestines. It'll be time just as well spent.

Yes, okay, it's probably a Poe. But it had some effort put into it and it generated a staggering 176 pages of comments on YouTube. I haven't read through them all but the always splendid Rebecca Watson (Skepchick) reports that at some point during the debate, the video's maker fernieboy100 is challenged by a a 12-year old astronomy enthusiast named Kaitlyn who asks ... 'What about Jupiter? Jupiter might have a small rocky core but it’s made of mostly hydrogen and helium, and we can see it rotating even though it’s pretty much all gas.'

fernieboy100 took several months to consider this new information and run more RC helicopter-based calculations before finally announcing:

'I, fernieboy100, am now an atheist who renounces my lord and savior Jesus Christ and his Holy word the Bible.'

Why is there never any middle ground with some people?

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