It’s not the sort of place where you would expect to be accosted by a man with a camera. A NASA scientist was in line to get a cup of joe at an ordinary coffee shop and shared a few words with a man called Nathan Thompson. The interaction appeared to be reasonably civil to begin with. However, then Thompson decided that it was time to film the exchange, and it wasn’t just the coffee that got heated.
Before the camera came out, the unnamed NASA scientist had chatted with Thompson about spaceflight and even gave him some stickers emblazoned with the NASA logo. He thought that was going to be the end of it. But there was something he hadn’t counted on. Nathan Thompson is a prominent member of the flat-earth movement.
At the end of the discussion, it appears that Thompson decided this was too good a chance to pass up. So while the NASA scientist waited in line, the flat-earther took out his phone and started filming. What happened next was a bizarre confrontation between science and pseudoscience played out in the line for caffeine.