By Sally Shakkour
What if you discovered that all your studies at school and university about the outside shape of the Earth are completely wrong, and the Earth doesn’t look like an ellipsoid?
In fact, there are several theories about the outside shape of the Earth. First, the flat Earth model, the ‘sphericity’ Earth theory which we have studied since childhood, and the Donut-Earth Theory which was suggested by Rachel Livingston.
هناك أشخاص يؤمنون بأن الأرض تشبه الدونات، أو كما يطلقون عليها "نظرية الأرض الدوناتية". pic.twitter.com/Z11cpjQLoO— Screen Mix (@ScreenMix) November 8, 2020
Translation: ‘There are people who believe that the Earth looks like a donut, or as they call it the "Donut-Earth Theory."’
This new post has reignited the controversy. People have started the debate again with every group standing up to defend its ideas and backing it with facts, arguments and proofs.
Others have started to mock this theory claiming that it has nothing to do with the truth as they started to turn the earth into different shapes to decline the possibility.
الارض مربعة وهذا شيء غير قابل للنقاش pic.twitter.com/HUOqUjqt98— امــچـــد | AMJAD (@as771995) November 8, 2020
Translation: “The Earth is square-shaped and there’s nothing to discuss”
مع الاسف الكرة الارضية ديناصورية الشكل والقمر هو بيضة الديناصرو? pic.twitter.com/F8Kf0HglS3— HM OTHN (@HMOTHN3) November 8, 2020
Translation: ‘Unfortunately the Earth looks like a dinosaur and the moon is its egg.’
خير وش اللي تشبه الدونات الارض تشبه الموز pic.twitter.com/RaqANNQR9L— Sara (@Saara_faisal) November 8, 2020
Translation: ‘Who said the Earth looks like a donut? It is a Banana-shaped’
The idea of the ‘Donut-Earth’ shape was first suggested by a mysterious figure named Dr. Rosenpenis as a joke on FlatEarthSociety.org in 2008. After that it was fleshed out in detail by FES trailblazer Varaug in 2012.
Varaug said: “Light bends and follows the curvature of the torus, making the hole ‘unseeable.’” Nevertheless, about gravity work, Varaug explains with a sugary, not completely cogent metaphor. “Imagine a donut. Imagine a jam donut. Gravity acts towards the jam.”
Before that, the Flat-Earth Theory was backed and defended by a lot of people picturing it as a plane or disk. While the idea was first claimed and appeared in ancient Greek philosophy with Pythagoras.
Translation: ‘They are not people, it’s only one person called Homer Simpson’
Despite the strong arguments and proofs suggested by the scientists which say that the Earth is an irregularly shaped ellipsoid, several groups keep sharing other theories about the shape of the globe with the latest is ‘Donut-Earth Theory.
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