Listen Now: The Flat Earth Society’s Cruise Around The World
There’s a new cruise aimed at people who believe the earth is flat, but the whole idea is floating on a sea of irony.
A group of people who believe the earth is flat and not a sphere have announced their biggest adventure yet; a cruise setting sail in 2020. Organized by The Flat Earth International Conference, participants will be able to enjoy restaurants, swimming pools and man made surf waves.
But the crew is not telling customers how the cruise actually works. You see, cruise ships use a navigational system that relies on the fact that the earth is nowhere near being flat.
A former cruise ship captain who sailed for twenty-three years says the ship’s GPS relies on twenty-four main satellites that orbit the earth. The reason so many satellites are used is because of the curvature of the planet.
He says if the earth were flat only about three satellites would be needed to do the job.
Hopefully no one asks the crew how the ship’s navigation works, or asks how close they’re coming to sailing over the planet’s edge.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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