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    Flat or round is the Earth?

    Daredevil 'Mad' Mike Hughes blasts off in homemade steam rocket
    "Mad" Mike Hughes had a hard landing after launching himself into the air in a steam-powered rocket he built in his garage.

    A daredevil inventor who believes the Earth is flat blasted himself around 570 metres (1,875ft) into the air in a rocket before landing with a bump.

    'Mad' Mike Hughes, 61, a US limo driver from California, was slightly injured when his steam-powered rocket launch ended with a hard landing in the Mojave Desert on Saturday.

    "This thing wants to kill you 10 different ways," said Mr Hughes, who said the crash left him with an aching back.

    The daredevil blasted off shortly after 3pm local time with no countdown or fanfare.

    Mr Hughes reached an estimated 350mph before activating his parachute.

    He was forced to deploy a second chute as his rocket, emblazoned with the words "research flat earth", was falling too fast.

    The daredevil landed bluntly with the rocket's nose breaking in two places - as it was designed to do.

    "Am I glad I did it? Yeah. I guess," he said.

    "I'll feel it in the morning. I won't be able to get out of bed. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight."

    Mr Hughes uses his Facebook page to address those who doubt his rocket-making skills and his theory that the Earth is flat.

    "Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is," he said in one video. "Do I know for sure? No. That's why I want to go up in space."

    Mr Hughes had converted a mobile home into a ramp and worked on the rocket in his garage.

    The launch had been scheduled for November last year, but issues over land management and mechanical problems pushed the date back.

    Saturday's event was at risk but Mr Hughes pushed on despite his rocket losing steam and high winds.

    "I'm tired of people saying I chickened out and didn't build a rocket. I'm tired of that stuff. I manned up and did it," he said.

    A video of the launch was filmed by Noize Tv and uploaded to Mr Hughes's Facebook page. A shorter clip, which features a countdown set to Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, has been uploaded to YouTube.

    As hype around the experimental launch mounted, retired NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger told reporters he hoped Hughes "doesn't blow something up".



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    Might've been cheaper and easier to buy an airplane ticket and look out the window.

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    I think he's training to be a minivan driver here

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    This kind of traditional, old school eccentric deserves more column inches than a spittle flecked Earl post.

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    Credit where credit's due, he did what he said he would do. Took some cajones as well. Fucked if I'd strap myself into that thing.

    I get the impression that he jumped on the whole 'Flat Earth' thing just for the publicity and funding that it might bring him.

    Kinda weird to think that in 2018 there are still people out there who actually believe that sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    "Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is," he said in one video. "Do I know for sure? No. That's why I want to go up in space."
    fair enuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Credit where credit's due, he did what he said he would do. Took some cajones as well. Fucked if I'd strap myself into that thing.

    I get the impression that he jumped on the whole 'Flat Earth' thing just for the publicity and funding that it might bring him.

    Kinda weird to think that in 2018 there are still people out there who actually believe that sort of thing.
    It used to be money that determined if you were an eccentric philanthropist, or a plain demented whack job.

    We can only hope that true free spirits like mad Mike bring back the term eccentric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight."
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    a plain demented whack job.
    But must be applauded for effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Kinda weird to think that in 2018 there are still people out there who actually believe that sort of thing.
    Fcuk, so it isn't?

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    Should be interesting to read the report of his findings.

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    Edgy stuff.

    Always seems ironic to me that these flat earthers seem to have gone round the bend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    "Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is," he said in one video. "Do I know for sure? No. That's why I want to go up in space."
    He went up in the air a little over a third of a mile and came back down. What do you prove with that short trip...that he couldn't drive a needle up his ass with a sledgehammer during that "flight?"

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    Hahaha.
    ROFLWSTS

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    WTF ? Planes fly in straight lines, so it would go across China, The Middle East and one of the Americas......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    WTF ? Planes fly in straight lines, so it would go across China, The Middle East and one of the Americas......
    Jeezus......

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    ..and back on subject:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Jeezus......
    You think I'm serious ? Jeezuz...

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    I decided to wait and see, prior to posting any comments to this topic thread. I’m not surprised at the sparsity of contributing reply comments, compared to the more common levels of subscriber interests.

    Thus, with intent to liven-up the response traffic to this 3-month old topic thread, I’ll simply post a pic, then, sit back and watch the unraveling show, as presented by the usual cadre of my detractor following.

    So,...here goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    ..and back on subject:

    Absolutely, an excellent point of view ^ you've made. However,...kindly consider...


    the above Flat Earth perspective, as well. Use your imagination,...ok? Cheers.
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    ^ nice. I think you forgot a small thing call gravity.

    Well, and planes and the space station. And ships on the horizon. Bu other than that, nice.

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