For hundreds of years it’s been assumed by a vast majority of the global population that the Earth, our home, is round like a sphere. The likes of Magellan who first circumnavigated the world in 1522 and astronauts in the 1960s who gained humanity’s first glimpses of the world from space have done a good job of providing enough evidence against a flat earth.
That hasn’t stopped some of the more conspiratorially-minded of our planet’s citizens from questioning, as mankind is oft to do. Making the rounds now is the story of Gerrard Gallacher of Grimsby in the United Kingdom.
He is so confident with his assertion that the world is, in fact, flat as a pancake, that he’s willing to put down money on it. The problem is he can’t seem to find a bookmaker that will take him on presumably out of pity or not wanting to look like thieves.
Gallacher has tried to place a £100 wager with a good number of different bookies including SkyBet, Bet365, Paddy Power, William Hill and Coral. Of those, the only one to even go beyond outright rejecting his proposition was SkyBet who claimed it would be a “tough one to prove.”
Rather than dissuading Gallacher, the bookmaker’s continued refusals are only serving to bolster his wild beliefs. He thinks they won’t accept his bet not because the Earth is proven to be a sphere, but because the bookies know he is correct and they will lose.
“I think the reason that they won't accept my bet is because they know that I am right in saying that the Earth is flat,” he told the Telegraph, “and if other people joined me in placing the bet they could lose millions.”
While many scientists argue that simply gazing at the hundreds of images currently in existence of Earth from space would disprove the theory, there are plenty of other stubborn detractors like Gallacher. Although in those images the Earth’s curvature is clearly visible, plenty remain unconvinced.
The flat earth movement has gained a some would say disappointing amount of traction over the last few years. Even celebrities have jumped on board including Boston Celtics’ guard Kyrie Irving who made worldwide headlines with his apparent belief in the theory, which he reportedly got from Instagram.
Gallacher maintains there are actually no pictures of a round Earth, subscribing to the opinion that NASA is using computer generated images to keep the global blind acceptance of a curved Earth going.
“I have also viewed footage of amateur weather balloons that clearly show to me that the Earth is flat, as I cannot see a curvature anywhere. I just don't believe that we have ever sent rockets into space. I cannot comprehend that if space is a vacuum where there is no air, then what do the rockets propel against?”
Gallacher has clearly spent plenty of time trying to create and find major postulations that support his theory. There’s also the idea that water is supposed to fall at a level from the sky as rain, yet it doesn’t bend.
”So then how does the Earth manage to bend water all the way around a globe, it just doesn't seem to add up. I am sure that I am right, but willing to be proven wrong, a bookmaker just needs to step up to the plate and take my bet, I would have thought they would like the easy money.”
It’s not the first time conspiracy theorists have tried to cash in on their outlandish claims. William Hill once accepted bets on whether Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 of a heart attack, would be making a comeback in the 1990s.
They currently accept odd bets such as who the next actor or actress to play James Bond will be and when the Spice Girls might get back together. But betting against the Earth being round? That appears to be too outlandish even for a fun-loving bunch like Paddy Power with their always amusing #whatoddspaddy Twitter hashtag.