Are You Smarter Than a Flat Earther?

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Are You Smarter Than a Flat Earther?

Illustration: Akshita Monga


he Flat Earth Society has, in the last few years, gone from being a really stupid fringe movement to a really stupid fringe movement with a verified Twitter handle. A few days ago, it held its first conference in North Carolina, inviting people from around the world to gather in a warehouse and affirm to each other that the world is flatter than the iPad screen Steve Jobs used to dream about. They managed to amass a grand total of 500 people.

Encouraged by this uptick in their fortunes, the Flat Earth Society wasted no time in taking on some of the smartest people in the world. When Elon Musk, the man from the future, asked them whether Mars was flat too, they replied, “unlike Earth, Mars is observed to be round,” as if it was Musk’s question that was silly, and not their society’s entire existence.