Flash Fiction #174

Flat Earth

Copyright –Douglas M. MacIlroy


I know that I shouldn’t bother, but I’ve been debating some Flat Earthers online.  The Flat Earth Society has members all around the world.  They’re as bad as the rabid Bible-thumpers – which many of them are.  Their minds are made up.  Don’t confuse them with the facts.

If the argument for a globe were a house, they can refute windows, or roofs, or walls, but not the entire building.   And their ‘proof’ against floors contradicts their ‘proof’ against chimneys.

Sometimes these discussions can be irritating.  Sometimes they can be amusing and entertaining, but often, they just go ‘round and ‘round.


Don’t be afraid to click on ‘Flat Earthers,’ above.  It’s not a deep Wiki article, just a few thoughts I published on the subject a couple of years ago.  Even the less astute of you may notice that I am willing to plagiarise even from myself.  Rochelle’s photo, coupled with Wednesday’s religious rant, joined forces to give the inspiration for this post.  I slipped in an old, previously published Flat Earth joke, and used the same “Round And Round” hook line from my Nov. 30th Flash Fiction.  That’s just flat-out lazy.  😉


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

Friday Fictioneers

27 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #174

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Even lazy works sometimes.. Glad you debate with the flat earthers, so I don’t have to…


  2. Dale says:

    When one is retired, one finds ways to amuse one’s self… 😉
    I’ll leave this one to you, k?


  3. Dany Slone says:

    The earth is actually another earth within another earth within a single cell of an alien being who repeats the same process to infinity and my eyes are now crossed.


  4. lisarey1990 says:

    The play on words is great here. I did watch a video once while researching a story where a Flat Earther was giving their opinions. Didn’t agree one bit with their opinions but it was rather amusing to watch. Although to debate it would definitely be a long conversation! Great write.


  5. Liz Young says:

    I’m surprised you have time to debate with people who are never going to be persuaded they’re wrong, or is it your masochistic streak?


  6. granonine says:

    One wonders what the Flat-Earthers hope to gain. It’s rather amusing to me that they are “all AROUND the world” 🙂


    • Archon's Den says:

      For some, it’s an uber-Christian thing. The Bible describes the world as flat, and supported on 4 pillars. For others, it’s an ego-trip. They know a secret that the rest of us plebs don’t know. 😛

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      • granonine says:

        That’s not in the Bible I’ve been reading all my life, except in an allegorical sense. In the book of Job, God clearly defines the “circle of the earth.” You ask me, it’s an uber-UNChristian thing. My word. No one in all my 71 years has ever tried to teach me that the world is flat, and they’d have been laughed right out the door of the church if they had. Of course, the word “Christian” can be used to cover a wide variety of religious organizations.


      • granonine says:

        I’m having a hard time letting go of this. I’m so shocked that there are people claiming the Bible teaches such silliness. So I did some research (very quickly!) and you are absolutely right. There are so-called Christians “popping up all over the internet” who are pushing this literal interpretation of some passages that would seem to claim that the earth is flat. I thought you might be interested in a well-reasoned article I found that addresses what I–and all the believers I know–believe about these passages:


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  7. jillyfunnell says:

    I loved the way you wrote this piece.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Thanx. This was actually fiction. I don’t really debate Flat Earthers because, as Liz Young pointed out above, they will never be convinced. I do watch the occasional YouTube video with “proof,” and I’m fascinated, amused and entertained by the mental Gymnastics. 😯


  8. I saw some flat earthers on the TV the other day. I admired them for having an answer for everything in a clearly daft argument but my mind boggles that they exist and spend so much time on such hokum.
    Flat Earth Society, offices all over the globe.


  9. Dear Archon,

    Flat Earthers have me shaking my head. I love the round and round in the last line. I’ve heard they’re a global community. 😉




  10. Ryan says:

    The first time I heard about flat earthers, I thought it was a troll….sadly, after going down a Google/Youtube rabbit hole, I found I was wrong. Nice piece!


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