In what may be one of the most enjoyable TV moments we can recall, a bunch of conspiracy theorists unintentionally spent thousands of dollars to show that, yes, the Earth is round.
A scene from Behind the Curve, a new Netflix documentary that follows a group of Flat Earthers, a “small but rising faction of people who firmly believe in a conspiracy that the Earth is flat.”
Bob Knodel is one of those Flat Earthers. He runs a YouTube channel dedicated to the theory and is part of the team using a $20,000 laser gyroscope to prove the Earth doesn’t rotate.
However, it does.
What we found is, when we turned on that gyroscope, we found that we were picking up a drift,” Knodel explains. “A 15-degree per hour drift.
“Now, obviously we were taken aback by that – ‘Wow, that’s kind of a problem.’
“We obviously were not willing to accept that, and so we started looking for easy to disprove it was actually registering the motion of the Earth.”
You know what they say: If your experiment proves you wrong, just disregard the results!
“We don’t want to blow this, you know?” Knodel then says to another Flat Earther. “When you’ve got $20,000 in this freaking gyro.
“If we dumped what we found right now, it would be bad? It would be bad.
“What I just told you was confidential.”
Behind the Curve is now accessible on Netflix if you want to witness this moment – and a lot more, you can watch it below.