Australian YouTuber Wolfie6020 uses his channel to explain the multitude of reasons why the concept of a flat Earth is nothing but balderdash. Obviously, providing factual information on the Internet is a sure way to attract people who believe in the weirdest things.
So Wolfie6020 was given a challenge by fellow YouTuber Flat Out Hero. He had to prove you can fly from point A to point B to point C, and then back to point A, with the distance between each point being the same and by taking a 90-degree turn at every point. The bet was worth $100,000.
“It’s impossible, but don’t tell the globetards that! This is the final nail in the ball Earth coffin, and I am happy to be the one to hammer it in!!!” Flat Out Hero stated in his boisterous comment.
Such a shape is impossible to draw on a flat plane because an equilateral triangle, as described by the flat-Earther, would not have angles bigger (or smaller) than 60 degrees. But on the surface of a sphere, the shape is perfectly feasible.
Having nothing to lose and $100,000 to gain, Wolfie6020 took on the challenge and shared his flight plan in a video posted at the end of October, which has now been watched more than 5.7 million times. The flight path goes from the Galapagos to the Gulf of Guinea in Africa, then all the way to the North Pole, and back down to the Galapagos. Each leg is about 10,000 kilometers (6,215 miles) or roughly one-quarter of the length of the equator.
The video showed Woflie6020 first listing the conditions of the bet as put forward by Flat Out Hero and concluded with these words: “Mr Flat Out Hero, your challenge has been answered. The requirements, as you stated them, have been satisfied! It is now your turn to honor your challenge and pay me the $100,000. I plan to give half of that to the Westmead Children's Hospital and use the other half as prize money in future contests on this channel. So let's see if you're a man of your word and will honor your challenge!”
Flat Out Hero responded to the video with complaints about using a digital chart instead of an old-fashioned paper flight chart. Wolfie6020 then demonstrated that the result would be the same, at which point Flat Out Hero accepted that the route had indeed been plotted but claimed that it wasn’t flyable.
Commenters accused the flat-Earther of moving the goal posts and not actually having the money to pay up. The lesson here is don’t make a bet if you have neither the facts nor the money.
[H/T: The Daily Dot]