Round trip to push flat Earth

If no one told you the Earth was round, what shape would you think it is?

That’s what two Penticton men plan to ask people across Canada on a trip that hopes to "find truth" about the shape of the Earth.

Todd Bessette-Perrin and Tory Bertram first became intrigued by the idea of the planet being flat eight months ago.

“We kind of laughed at it and didn’t really think much of it,” Bessett-Perrin said. “One day we decided to give it an honest, unbiased chance and looked into it.”

Bessett-Perrin and Bertram attempted to disprove the flat Earth model themselves, but found they couldn’t do it.

“We jumped full onboard to this theory, and we honestly believe it to be true,” he said. “We’ve been doing, for the past three or four months, intensive research into this topic.”

They said they hope their tour can encourage more scientific research into the shape of the Earth.

“Get people open and talking about it rather than being ridiculed over a new, uncommon belief that not everyone is talking about,” Bessett-Perrin said. “It’s bigger than just me, or Tory, or anything really. It’s about the truth and getting it out there for people because we’re not being told truths in the media or by government and we all know that.”

Dr. Jaymie Matthews, an astronomy professor at UBC, begs to differ.

“The Ancient Greeks knew that the Earth was round,” Matthews said. “They saw the shadow of the Earth crossing the moon during a lunar eclipse … the shadow of the earth on the moon is always a circle.

“The Greeks, who knew a little bit about geometry, asked themselves what three-dimensional shape always projects a circular shadow? And the only answer is a sphere.”

Matthews said today’s technological society depends on the Earth being spherical.

“It’s not something that depends on abstract concepts, it’s something we live with and rely on every day.”

Bessette-Perrin and Bertram will take off from Penticton in late April, first heading to Vancouver, then east.

They plan to interview people, including pilots, scientists and every day people, along the way for a documentary they’re making.

“We’ll try and get some on-camera answers and some honest truth out of them and to ask them the questions about the flat Earth and see if they’ve heard of it, maybe poke their curiosity,” Bessett-Perrin said. “We’re having a hard time as just regular people getting people to take this knowledge because they say we lack credibility, and we’re not scientists, and this and that, but I think that’s the wrong way to look at this whole thing.”

In addition to making the documentary, the pair will be volunteering at homeless shelters across Canada.

The pair is convinced a large conspiracy has hidden the truth of a flat Earth from the public, but Matthews said the scale of such a conspiracy would be far too large to be kept under wraps.

“There would have to be so many people involved in it at so many levels in so many different types of activities,” he said.

Matthews has a conspiracy theory of his own though.

“These gentlemen may be doing some great sociological experiment,” he said. “Seeing how people respond and finding out how many people across Canada genuinely believe in a flat Earth, or could be convinced.”

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