And despite the obvious ways of disproving such a theory, such as gravity and satellite photos taken from space, the flat Earth movement has refused to go away. Instead, buoyed by social media and the public credulity of the fake news era, the idea has gained more traction than ever before.
Today, one of the poster boys of the flat Earth movement is “Mad” Mike Hughes, an American limousine driver who moonlights as a daredevil in his spare time. A resident of California, Hughes has been making headlines since 2002, when he set a world record for clearing a 103-foot jump in a Lincoln Town Car limousine.
Not content with earthbound feats, Hughes soon turned his attention to rocketry. In fact, in January 2014, he allegedly rode a homemade projectile some 1,374 in the air. However, no footage was taken of the event, and skeptics have cast doubt on whether or not it actually took place.