Flat Earth Society
The Flat Earth Society
tagline: Deprogramming the masses since 1547
Originally http://www.flat-earth.org/,but currently the message there is:
Unfortunately, this website seems to have fallen off the edge of the earth, along with its maintainer. It will be back, eventually. Or not. But probably. Soonish. We think. Mr. Teapot says, "Thanks for your patience." Hail, Eris.
The Flat Earth Society was an organization based in England and later in Lancaster, California that advocated the belief that the Earth is not a sphere but is flat (see flat Earth). No other modern religious fundamentalists have published support for this belief, and scientists universally reject it. This exposed the society to much outside ridicule and made it a popular metaphor for dogmatic thinking and pseudoscience or bad science...
The modern flat earth movement was originated by an eccentric English inventor, Samuel Birley Rowbotham (1816-1884), who was motivated by his religious convictions that certain passages in the Bible are meant to be taken literally. In 1849 he published a 16 page pamphlet, which he later expanded into a 430 page book expounding his views. According to Rowbotham's system, which he called Zetetic Astronomy, the earth is a flat disk centered at the North Pole and bounded along its southern edge by a wall of ice, with the sun, moon, planets and stars only a few hundred miles above the surface of the earth. ... -> Wikipedia:Flat Earth Society