Acting Like “Detective Colombo”
Many years ago there was a TV series called “Colombo,” who was a detective that acted like he wasn’t very smart by asking simple questions. You may have remembered this series. Well, I did this to someone who is about to marry into the family. Let me give you some background first.
On Friday, August 26, my wife and I were invited to her niece’s home, as it was their house warming party. After a pleasant meal out, we returned to her home for tea and coffee. Her husband, well call him Ted, started a conversation about seeing the International Space Station as it flies over head. He said that about the same time each evening he can see it (weather permitting). Ted likes it where they live as there are no lights, being in the country where you can see the stars much better.
I said, “It would be interesting to see it (space station) though a telescope. Do you know that there are over 3,000 satellites up there?”
Ted took his iphone and brought up an app that showed the world. We were both outside at this time with the stars bright above. I let him talk and showed my interest in what he was saying. I thought I would talk in such a way that I was puzzled about some things that we are told by astronomers.
I told Ted, “It’s amazing that we are spinning around at 1,000 mph; going around the sun at 67,000 mph; going around the galaxy at 500,000 mph; going away from some central point at 670 million mph, or the speed of light!”
Ted answered, “It’s amazing that we are standing here feeling still. Yet we are just an insignificant part of this universe.”
Then I added, “Here is an interesting thing: we are told that the earth is 25,000 miles in diameter at the equator and there is a math you can use that tells you how far you can see. I learned that you multiply 8 inches times the distance squared. Say, if a person is 6 miles away you multiply 6 x 6 x 8 inches. Then you divide by 12 to get the feet. I think it’s about 24 feet. That means that a person 6 miles away would be 24 feet under the curve.”
Ted knew the math but didn’t quite know what I was talking about but without him saying a word I continued. “If you go to the beach and look at a boat go over the horizon and disappear, we are told it’s going behind the curve.”
Ted said, “Behind the curve of water you mean?”
I said, “We’ll we are told behind the curve of the earth. But what I don’t understand is, when you look through a telescope you can bring up the ship down to the water line. I don’t understand this. We know that a telescope does not see through water.”
At this point, Ted was curious. He was able to follow the math and what I was saying. So, he said, “That’s a mystery; that’s puzzling.”
It was at this point that my wife and I had to go, as we were driven there by another person who wanted to leave.
So ended the evening with leaving Ted questioning what he had been told about the earth. With more time, I could have hinted at other things.
I found that talking about the flat earth without using those words is good when you don’t have time to finish what you started; when the other person is very sceptical or you don’t know where he/she is coming from. Just getting someone to question what scientists tell us is a start and when they show more interest that means they can still think for themselves.
One point that got me was when Ted talked about the ISS circulating above was how do I answer that? When you are presented with something that you can’t answer it’s better to go on to other topics that you can answer. If you were playing the part of “Colombo” you can go on with your other prepared doubts and notice their reaction.
I didn’t think that it would be good to tell Ted, the ISS doesn’t exist; satellites don’t exist and expect him to believe this when there is little time left to talk. Even if you had a lot of time, when someone is told something their whole life don’t expect them to change in one evening. It does happened but more often than not it doesn’t happen. From what I’ve read, this so-called space station is nothing more than a plane that operates on solar panels, can stay up for very long periods of time, and can be remotely controlled. Notice, when people say they see a satellite, all they see is a light and this light can be anything. That is why I said it would be good to see it with a telescope. If you notice, I had also said that there are 3,000 satellites.
When you add that there are supposedly 3,000 satellites flying up there, there should be a lot more to see than just the ISS. In fact, there should be many satellites flying by and some stationary no matter where you looked. If you had more time to talk to someone, instead of saying they don’t exist add the number of satellites AND seeing it with a telescope.
One thing for sure is, that Ted did not see the ISS. He might think he saw it. In fact, it would not be surprising that NASA put up a permanent craft, like the one described above, to make it look like the ISS. But what they can’t do is account for all the other supposed satellites up there.
I hope this article helps you when you talk to others about the flat earth. I’ll also let you know when and if I get to talk to Ted the next time I see him. Until then, have a great time sharing the flat earth news with others!