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There Are People Out There Who Are Convinced The Earth Is Shaped Like A Donut

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This week, the Flat Earth International Conference will be underway in Detroit, and since the movement has been continuously growing, its founder Robert Davidson is expecting more than 600 people to attend.

This is a group of people, often called Flat-Eathers, who very seriously reject the theory that the earth is a sphere.

Their main theory is that the earth is shaped like a flat disc with the Arctic Circle located at the center and Antarctica around the rim. They also don't believe that the moon landing never happened, gravity is an illusion, and images taken from space by organizations like NASA are not real.

If you thought this is ridiculous, wait until you hear about the Donut Earth Theory.

Yes, there are people out there who are very convinced that the Earth is neither flat nor spherical, instead they believe it is shaped like the delicious torus-shaped pastry.

While this theory isn't exactly new, it recently resurfaced online, and it's gained a lot of followers.

It was back in 2008 that the idea was first brought up in thread on FlatEarthSociety.org. It was meant to be a joke, but a few years later, another member added some details to validate the theory.

According to the theory by a user named Varaug, there is a hole in the center of the planet, but "light bends and follows the curvature of the torus, making the hole 'unseeable.'"

When asked how gravity would work, the conspiracy theorist used an interesting metaphor to answer the question.

"Imagine a donut. Imagine a jam donut. Gravity acts towards the jam," Varaug wrote.

In 2016, a YouTuber named Dinosaur Neil brought up Varaug's theory once again, stating that he is "glad to see other supporters of toroidal earth theory here."

"I have been promoting it for a long time but nobody ever seems to back me up. I can't understand why," he added.

Well, no one backs him up because although an Earth shaped like a donut could exist under the laws of physics, it is unlikely to ever happen because it wouldn't be stable and would definitely function very differently from the spherical earth we currently live on.

Do you think the Earth is round, flat, or shaped like a donut?

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