The Way This Guy Proves Earth Is Not Flat Is Brilliant

We all were there when Elon Musk was asking 'The Flat Earth Society' the important questions, poking at the reasoning behind the theory that Earth is, in fact, a flat disc. While flat-earthers seem to lack substantial arguments in the debate and it seems quite obvious what the answer to the age-old question is, imgur user GregPagel’s views were challenged after he snapped a photo of Lake Michigan.

After examining the photos, Greg, a 47-year-old musician from Manitowoc, realized that the horizon he captured seemed quite flat, instantly raising doubts about everything he knew about Earth.


“I’ve often looked at the horizon over that lake–thousands of times–and wondered “am I seeing a curve? I’m not sure. Maybe a little? Or is my mind playing tricks?” As a kid, I’d look at it a lot” Greg told Bored Panda. So, he did what any other person would do, he used science! “When I actually did the math and made the diagram, I actually felt a rush,” Pagel recalled.


Using Google Earth and some calculations he was able to figure it all out and share the surprising results with the world.  Scroll down to see what he found out yourself!

Yesterday, imgur user Greg took some pictures in Manitowoc, Wisconsin


He snapped some beautiful panorama shots of Lake Michigan


However, he quickly noticed that something odd about the photographs


The horizon seemed pretty… flat


So Greg did what any other person would do and used science to figure it all out


From using Google Earth to graphs, the man dove head-first into the challenge


“The fun part was showing a .12 degree arc on a circle. It’s almost nothing!” – Greg told Bored Panda.



  1. Flat earthers don't believe in Science and Math. To them, earth is flat and 1+1 is 3.

  2. Early sailors used tables to calculate how far shore is away when the height of an object on shore is known (highest object) and the height of the observer on the ship. The higher (on a mast) you can observe from, the farther away you can see shore. And they could know how far away it was. Cool, huh?

    1. Quite so. I'd just add that distances are accurately calculated this way when the shore or distant object just comes into view, looking at 'tops' only. It works pretty well and is based on geometry. Math rules! They had references to tell them how high above the water lighthouses were, for example.

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