CALIFORNIA: Man To Launch Himself On Homemade Scrap-Metal Rocket To Prove The Earth Is Flat [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports:

A California man who planned to launch himself 1,800 feet high Saturday in a homemade scrap-metal rocket — in an effort to prove that Earth is flat — said he is postponing the experiment after he couldn’t get permission from a federal agency to conduct it on public land.

Instead, Mike Hughes said the launch will take place sometime next week on private property, albeit still in Amboy, Calif., an unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert along historic Route 66.

“It’s still happening. We’re just moving it three miles down the road,” Hughes told The Washington Post on Friday. “This is what happens anytime you have to deal with any kind of government agency.”

A BLM spokeswoman said its local field office had no record of speaking with Hughes and that he had not applied for the necessary special recreation permit to hold an event on public land.

  • TampaZeke

    Yeah, because the view at 1800 feet will clearly show if the world is spherical.

    • bkmn

      And those planes that fly at 39,000 feet have special windows that make the Earth appear curved

      • Eric

        What about when they fly over the arctic to the other side of the world genius? lol Does the ground look curved on the tarmac? No, because they are not magic windows. Stop acting a fool and get an education.

        • clay

          With an oxyMoron in Chief, our sarcasm detectors and irony filters all have to be reset.

        • Robincho

          Run along, Eric…

          • Eric

            Really that’s the best you can do. Pathetic moron lol. Why don’t you walk off sh!t for brains.

          • Robincho

            Yeah. BITE me, you cupid stunt.,,

    • olandp
    • Taylor

      He could always just visit Denver.

  • Do Something Nice

    Oh please federal agency, give him permission. This is how we get rid of the idiots – one person at a time.

  • Stubenville
    • greenmanTN

      True fact: the only impression I can do is Marvin Martian, but I do a good one.

      • JW Swift

        Me too!

  • bkmn

    Ladies and gentlemen – meet your next President

  • Lazycrockett

    And the winner of this years Darwin award is………………………..

    • agcons

      They’re already engraving the trophy.

      • bkmn

        Funny how that trophy looks like a headstone

  • Steverino

    Darwin Award Winner coming up.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • JDS
    • shellback

      How terribly sensible to have an extra long chain on his butt plug.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    1. Commercial airplanes go higher than that regularly.

    2. His craft will most likely explode at 0 feet elevation.
    3. Ancient people already knew the earth was curved by careful observation. Ancient Greeks actually did a fair estimate of the size of the world.

    4. I do not feel sorry for any and all injuries suffered by this fool.

    • Reality.Bites

      But others could be injured when the thing crashes and/or explodes

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I’m hoping that nobody is around the launch site and if it does lift off the ground, which seems doubtful, I hope it goes straight up then straight down.

        • cleos_mom
          • David Walker

            Thank you. I was devoted to “Northern Exposure” and remember as if it were last night’s episode. It is heartwarming to see those characters…those FACES…again. Made my Thanksgiving Saturday. Thank you, again. I hope Cleo appreciates you…we sure do.

          • cleos_mom

            I loved that show too; it’s very true to what I’ve seen of Alaska. We have the early to middle seasons in our movie/TV collection. One of those shows where you really wish the characters were real people so you could get to know them in person.

          • Robincho

            I once had a fling with a pianist. Does that count?…

          • cleos_mom

            Sure; why not?

      • shellback

        As I’ve read elsewhere, it is STEAM powered.

        • Sporkfighter

          Steam powered? He’s got a boiler, superheated water under pressure, and he’s just going to pull the cork and fly? That’s dumber than a solid fueled rocket. Solid fuel would be stupid and dangerous, but at least it’s got some engineering history to work from.

          • Moxie Miscellany

            Steam power, scrap metal, absolutely no engineering or mathematical calculations (because science isn’t real, according to his actual beliefs), and a disbelief in GRAVITY, of all things.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I wonder if he has medical insurance or are the rest of us picking up the tab if he lives and requires life long care.

    • vorpal

      Do you enjoy persecuting sincerely held beliefs?
      (Because I sure as fuck do!)

      • Jonathan Smith

        i DO when they act on them like in this case.
        one less idiot to deal with

        • cleos_mom

          As a (late) friend of The Husband used to say:

          “stupidity is the only form of natural selection left for our species.”

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            He’s a clear contender for a Darwin award, isn’t he?

          • David Walker

            Only if he has not been fruitful and multiplied. If he’s had kids, they’re likely to carry on the stupidity.

            How’s autumn on the beach?

          • clay

            Stupidity kills,
            just not fast enough.

          • JCF

            As my friend Bob would say “[Push him] to the edge of the herd!”

      • Sporkfighter

        Yep, if they’re sincerely held stupid beliefs.

    • 3. Ancient people already knew the earth was curved by careful observation. Ancient Greeks actually did a fair estimate of the size of the world.

      Specifically, Eratosthenes! (Thanks, Jeopardy!)

      • clay

        Yeah, but everybody hated that know-it-all generalist, so they used Ptolemy’s (incorrect under-estimation by >10%), instead.

    • pj

      bet he voted for trump.

    • Sporkfighter

      3. Ancient people already knew the earth was curved by careful observation. Ancient Greeks actually did a fair estimate of the size of the world.

      Any fool can see the Earth is a sphere by looking at lunar eclipses. The Earth’s shadow is always circular no matter where in the sky the moon is during an eclipse. That’s only possible if the Earth is a sphere. A disk just wound do that.

      • Moxie Miscellany

        A lot of flat-earthers believe the moon is fake. No, seriously. It’s supposedly “all part of the conspiracy.”

    • sword

      He won’t be hurt at all…he doesn’t believe in gravity.

    • Moxie Miscellany

      It probably doesn’t help that this moron, an AMATEUR STUNTMAN (read: recipient of multiple self-induced head traumas), doesn’t believe in science. Like, any of it. At all. “Aerodynamics…is just formulas.” I don’t know what he thinks science IS, but apparently it has nothing to do with formulas, testing, or carefully-recorded observations in his world.

      Oh, and some of his supporters are worried he’ll hit the literal glass ceiling covering the earth. WTF.

  • Homo Erectus

    Um – why not just buy a plane ticket?

  • JoeMyGod
    • David Walker

      Exactly where my thoughts went, too.

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    • Stogiebear

      Joe, I think this story calls for a first-hand account of the event as follow up. But if you go take a plane.

    • jerry

      I don’t think this will end well…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRjb9cr7tIU

      • Peter

        We can only hope.

      • BearEyes

        crotch rocket

      • Octoberfurst

        I can’t imagine it will either. I hope he has a will made out.

        • Wayne Crockett

          Think he has anything to leave anyone? Hopefully he at least left instructions on what do do with the baggie of his remains.

        • Chicago joe

          Cull the herd. Hopefully he hasn’t procreated

          • JackFknTwist

            Go ahead Mike.
            Let us know

      • Thornton

        This video was funny as $H!T!!!!!….I’m still laughing my @$$ off.

    • iLoveEggplant
    • Lawerence Collins

      I hope his family has him very well insured!

      • Sporkfighter

        I don’t think life insurance pays out if you kill yourself piloting an experimental aircraft.

        Did you know traditional life insurance policies exclude all aviation risks except flying as a passenger onboard a scheduled air carrier?

        No? Well, you are not alone.

        Can you have a traditional life insurance policy modified to include personal aviation? Yes, but it is expensive and you still might have some types of flying — like aerobatics or Phase 1 fly-off restrictions — that may be excluded.

        https://generalaviationnews.com/2017/04/06/pilots-and-life-insurance/

    • Ronald Reagan is Dead!
  • Jonathan Smith

    am i evil for just saying, let the twat launch, crash and die?

    • safari

      Not evil. Practical.

    • olandp

      If you are, so am I.

    • MikeBx2

      “launch, crash and die”. Spoiler Alert!

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        And charge him clean up fees.

        • Librarykid

          More like clean up feces.

    • Nick in Pasadena

      Social Darwinism at work.

      • Moxie Miscellany

        That’s… not social Darwinism.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      As long as we can insert “realizes the earth is round and he’s a goddamn fool” between launch and crash

    • gothambear

      Natural selection

    • KevInPDX

      Darwinian selection.

    • Captain Jack

      As my dad always said… “just culling the herd”

    • Sporkfighter

      You’re optimistic. I predict no launch, no crash, just an explosion on the ground.

  • Reality.Bites

    Make him Time’s person of the year

    • David Walker

      It would be an upgrade from last year.

  • safari
  • safari

    Or he could just watch a tall ship come up over the horizon with a telescope.

    • Dagoril

      Tall ships are part of the conspiracy!

      • David Walker

        Really. It’s just like the xmas tree in “The Nutcracker.”

    • agcons

      The giant turtle’s helper is lifting the ship higher and higher as it gets closer.

    • Chucktech

      The water’s just lower out there…

    • clay

      “See, the earth’s gravity pulls the light rays down the greater the distance traveled, therefore it’s the light that’s curved, not the earth’s surface.”

      • Moxie Miscellany

        I think that’s actually the flat-earther argument. O.o
        Also, is it just me, or is there a suspicious lack of flat-earthers living within reasonable driving distance of any major coast? It’s easy to think the earth is flat when all you see is dirt from one end of the horizon to the next.

        Just once, I’d like someone to put one of these loons on a westbound flight to Australia from California, and watch their heads implode.

    • CottonBlimp

      Or get his ignorant ass up in a plane.

  • Boreal
    • Treant

      I use one of those when making soap, actually. You do not want a lye splash or caustic raw soap splash in your eyes, up your nose, or in your mouth.

      • Boreal

        or the remains of a trumpanzee splattered while skydiving. Those trumpanzees are filthy creatures.

      • clay

        My middle brother is a surrealist oil painter. He used to wear contacts, until he splashed a little turpentine in his eye.

        • Treant

          Or, why I wear glasses. 🙂 I also make soap wearing rear-venting goggles, so there are three layers that would have to burn, shatter, or spontaneously dematerialize before the lye could ever reach my eye.

          (Honestly, the way some of those YouTube people make soap is appalling. You’re asking for lifelong blindness).

      • Robincho

        Yeah, that can be a real pain in the ssaippuakivikauppiass…

  • Homo Erectus

    Mama sez he should put on clean underwear.

    • MaryJOGrady

      I don’t think they will be clean for long if he gets this contraption off the ground.

    • clay

      John Wayne said: “Life is hard. It’s even harder if you’re stupid.”

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Bomer
      • lymis

        That’s not to scale. When the fifth elephant crashed in Ubervald, it left massive deposits of fat and minierals. One of those suckers would take out the whole continent. And Cor Celsti is much taller.

        Otherwise, cool.

    • MaryJOGrady

      Needs more turtles.
      Nothing but turtles, turtles, all the way down.

      • cleos_mom

        If they’re slider turtles, Earth had better be sure to switch them to a vegetarian diet when they reach maturity.

    • Acronym Jim

      That’s no moon……

      It’s an A’Tuin egg.

  • danolgb

    I have an old friend who is a chemtrail truther. I try to only have intelligent friends, but once in a while, one slips through.

    • MaryJOGrady

      There is a recognized psychiatric phenomenon called paranoia vera. It means being nuts on only one circumscribed topic.

    • olandp

      All he needs is some vinegar and water in a spray bottle…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsdeAF_Prfo

      • JWC

        Now doone yu be gettin me inna picure I don wanna lettem know who is bat shit crazee

      • Stogiebear

        Spraying vinegar??? Rank amateur. Chemtrails disappear instantly at my flatulence.

      • Sporkfighter

        “…this gives us more credibility…”

    • clay

      During the Ira Einhorn (Unicorn Killer) trial in Philly, one of his character witnesses went off on microwave telemetry, thinking it was the government using microwaves to send telepathic signals to MENSA members. Every-body else just calls it “RADAR”.

  • AdamTh

    Only 1800 feet? Wouldn’t a simple Cessna be more practical?

    • Bomer

      When I was very little we lived between 7,600 and 8,200 feet above sea level. His rocket wouldn’t even reach there. There being Summerhaven on Mount Lemon in AZ.

      • ColdCountry

        Ooooh, lovely place! Kinda a long drive to things, but lovely. I was up there playing in the snow one Easter Sunday back in… the 80s… I think it was.

        • Bomer

          I was very little when we lived there, but evidently we would get out of the yard and go down the mountain a ways to a neighbor that had a petting zoo and come back with rabbits. My grandmother never knew what would be waiting for her when she got home from work.

      • Zeldacat

        Good point. I live at just under 6000 feet. I will look down and laugh!

    • AdamTh

      Ah… Just watched the vid… Mikey eventually plans to go higher. Good luck w/that Bubba….

      • clay

        Yeah, he’s already shot a smaller (unmanned) steam-powered rocket as a test. I’m surprised he believes in the necessity of testing.

  • safari

    Schoolkids these days launch high-altitude balloons and take photos from the high-atmosphere.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Fake kids.

    • David Walker

      See? It’s that gul-durned soshalist skool systim brainwarshin are kids with them truly unholy idears. You kin bet that new sekkyterry o edjycashun’s gonna put a stop to that. If’n yuh cain’t buliev wut’s in the Bible, wut kin yuh buliev, an it vury cleerly sez they’s 4 corners o th’earf.

    • clay

      Well, no, not anymore . . . you know, funding cuts.

    • Zeldacat

      Lucky them. I never got to do that.

  • safari

    Isn’t the new WTC almost 1800′ tall?

    • canoebum

      1776′

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Was a good year

        • MaryJOGrady

          Unless you were black, Native American, or female.

          • Treant

            Gay, old, or an old gay person who preferred not to mix with others quite so much, overly intelligent, handicapped, or otherwise slightly different from others, or the sort that liked to think about your religion rather than simply follow the rules…

            …Really, life before about 1970, socially speaking, sucked unless you were boringly vanilla or could fake it.

          • MaryJOGrady

            Very true.

        • Hue-Man

          Not for the 100,000 United Empire Loyalists who departed, half landing in Canada.

  • stuckinthewoods

    I have a feeling the only flat thing that’ll be discovered will be him.

  • FAEN

    LMAO-Cheeto supporter’s are so fucking moronic.

  • Tomcat

    I guess he does not trust views from the space station. What a maaarooon?.

    • MaryJOGrady

      I have a feeling he thinks those and the moon landings were faked.

      • David Walker

        Disney and Pixar have come out with some really good stuff.

        • Jonathan Smith

          except the dRump robot in the hall of presidents…….

      • JW Swift

        They only ever take pictures from directly above the flat side.

    • clay

      “Earth’s gravity curves the light rays, so it looks like the Earth’s curved.”

  • SLK in SF

    Having this event to look forward to is the only thing keeping me going in these dark times.

    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    LOL Dude, You need to spend more time figuring out what is wrong with your brain.

  • let’s just break this down. i grew up among white backwater inbred gummint haters. i like to think i know how they really live.

    this guy is in an internet superstar (for this 15min). are you going to tell me that wasn’t his real goal, all along? i’ve seen reports of him now as many times as i’ve seen stories about real news happening this week. that’s “success” in Murka, being a media meme for a minute or two.

    i’m sure i’m not the only one who is suspicious of his hatred of the government. i’ve known a lot of bootlegging klan offspring wannabes, and you know what? the only time they want to do anything on federal land these days is for a political stunt. this isn’t just about how stupid he may be, this is about him ‘representing’ for all those white old guys who hate the same government which provides them with medicare. he and all his fans and friends know the earth is round. but this is how ‘get the government off my medicare’ sorts operate, idiot savant style. king of stupid wins that precious attention time. you may think it’s about the rocket, but to him it’s about proving how that science infested nigre of the previous administration tried to gay rape his teen daughter at a church outing, and thank gawd amurka is great again thanks to prezinet anti-science.

    • David Walker

      What comes to mind are the famous last words of the Murkin redneck:
      “Oh, yeah? Hold my beer.”

  • MaryJOGrady

    Future Darwin Award laureate.

  • Tomcat

    Something tells me this will not turn out well for him!

  • JeauxFan

    One of the next Darwin Award recipients

    • Bambino

      Only be awarded posthumously.

  • NMNative

    This just in: Donald Trump names Mike Hughes new science advisor to white house.

    • Jonathan Smith

      no he did not. Mike Hughes BELIEVES in rocket science.

      • Moxie Miscellany

        Except for the “science” part. He believes science is all fake & conspiracy, but “formulas” that he agrees with, like aerodynamics, are real. However, he also doesn’t understand or believe in escape velocity, so…

    • Bambino

      For which Rick Perry with his glasses will breath a sigh of relief to not be the dumbest in the dotard cabinet.

      • MaryJOGrady

        Those smartening glasses just do not work at all. Rick Perry should go get his money back.

        • Bambino

          He doesn’t know how or where to get the refund.

  • Treant

    “Houston, we have a problem.”

    Mike Hughes: “Hold my beer.”

    • William

      His rocket has a can holder.

  • stvnc44

    As a skydiver I can clearly say that at 1800, uh duh what? We exit aircraft at 13,500′ regularly.
    Regardless of skydivings exit altitude or the altitude this “BELIEVER” (believe is a bad word in my book)
    is going for the Earth is not flat! Like anyone who reads the MAGNIFICENT JMG would need to be informed
    of that.

    • Jonathan Smith

      no, we are just here to make fun of him

    • Treant

      I’ve personally been at 37,000 feet on a Hawaii flight. It’s weird, but you do kind of get a slight impression that the planet starts to curve away from you.

      That’s probably an optical illusion. I’d have to figure it out, but I don’t think the curvature is sharp enough for you to notice at seven miles.

      Eighteen hundred feet? Piffle. You can’t even see over the next mountain with that.

      • William

        The Concorde flew up to 60,000 feet. Passengers reported being able to see the curvature of the Earth. Or it could have been part of a government plot.

  • Do Something Nice

    FYI, Amboy California’s population in 2000 was 4. That’s right, four people.

    Also, there was a rock group called The Amboy Dukes, and they were best known for a hit in 1967, Journey to the Center of the Mind. The founding member of this group is Ted Nugent.

    • MaryJOGrady

      I remember the Amboy Dukes.

    • Robincho

      Those were all FunFacts™ until you got to the last one…

  • The only thing I think he’ll be able to prove is that human beings are pretty fragile.

    • lymis

      And, flat. At least in his case.

      Spread out thinly in little bits counts as flat, right?

  • DaveMiller135

    I read elsewhere that he is anti-science, and for that reason is trying to prove that the world is flat. There’s definitely a part of me that wants him to have to just shovel explosive rocket fuel into the rocket, without reading up on the subject, or watching someone’s YouTube video, with information about how much of what to use, and how much is just way too much. That kind of thing.

    • agcons

      “I just fucking shot myself”.

      • DaveMiller135

        I have no objection to some YouTube wag adding a Benny Hill soundtrack, and maybe some picture stutter to the image of his maiden (one hopes) flight. That is, I hope it flies and doesn’t just explode on the ground.

    • BearEyes

      claims to know about rocket telemetry, but swears that’s not science – it’s just formulas.

    • clay

      (he’s going to use pressurized steam, rather than rocket fuel)

      • DaveMiller135

        Why can’t he just light his farts like the other science deniers do? Of course, they’re in the 7th grade.

  • canoebum

    I’ll bet his funeral will last longer than the flight, provided they can collect enough of his ashes to actually bury them.

  • shellback
    • Bad Tom

      Amazing that was tried more than once.

    • lymis

      Strap a bed onto that sucker and it could be quite festive. Like those old “Magic Fingers” things you dropped a quarter into for a “massage.”

      • clay

        Saw a T-shirt today: “Let’s do it like a fork in the garbage disposal.”

  • Vinnie NYC

    Crash and burn baby !! Was my first thought.

  • William of Glynn

    Go for it!

  • Dagoril

    Oh, and he hates the government too. What a surprise!

  • Bomer
  • Refugay

    You. Go. Girl.

  • Bambino

    Here we go again. 2017 is a reset for humanity to return back to the dark ages. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c9b8beb8231a4a390a1c09d6121a3f1cc7c85b339cda0f2e40d470ff06f0bcf1.gif

  • Ben in Oakland

    The desert makes you weird.

  • MBI

    He’s attempting to fall flat on his face. Ergo, the earth is flat.

    • jmax

      Along with the I-hope-you-recover-from-all-the-broken-bones-and-concussion cards and letters.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Will Darwin prevail or did this guy spawn already?

  • Vinnie NYC
  • boobert
    • jmax

      If only the guy on the Eiffel Tower had given it one more second, he might have changed his mind. Hahahaha.

  • Jonathan Smith

    couldn’t he just jump off of One World trade center with a parachute made of concrete?
    same height

    • Bambino

      Against Edna Mode I would say Cape! Always Cape!

  • Harveyrabbit

    “couldn’t get permission from a federal agency to conduct it on public land”

    Because CLEARLY the GOV’T is in on the whole “Earth is a Globe” CONSPIRACY!! These powerful elitist globalist Illuminatis don’t want him OR US!!11!! to know the TRUTH!

    Live long(ish) and prosper Mike Hughes.. we who belive are on your SIDE!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2745ed2e729473ae3689a7f9f9e8cbe56bfb768ee048a147a960214bc26996dd.jpg

    #tinfoil

    • Bambino

      Let’s hope the rocket does not go beyond his property and cause more collateral damage than the astroNot himself.

  • vorpal

    Please let this be on YouTube.
    Please let this be on YouTube!

    • HZ81

      Haaa! Every goddamned second.

    • Boreal

      Needs to have some music with the video.

      https://youtu.be/NrFbYhlr1Ws

    • Ernest Endevor

      Streaming.

      • vorpal

        Strewing.

        • Mark

          spewing…..

    • Bambino

      There will be enough interest all the MSM will be broadcasting live. Coverage of idiots is the news these days.

  • Tomcat

    I bet he believes in god but still thinks the earth is flat.

  • vorpal
    • Jonathan Smith
    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Timely. Her Majesty just knocked a picture off the bookcase. She watched me as she did it.

      • greenmanTN

        Uh oh. You’re on her shit-list for something.

      • Joe in PA

        Of course she did…she’s a cat. That’s what they do. 🙂

        • TuuxKabin

          I’ve heard a bit too much of that this week with the newly adopted Bellona when she knocked the window box of the sill and onto the floor. No way to wake up her new papa’s.

          • Joe in PA

            Now now…don’t get too worried…our cat is perfectly well behaved. Since we live in the country, he is an inside-outside cat, and he ‘eliminates’ OUTSIDE! No litter box. Yay. Also, he doesn’t get on the table nor the countertop. He normally sleeps in his bed, but now that it’s cold, he sleeps with us. And famous last words: he has never broken anything.

      • Snarkaholic

        Mine don’t knock things off surfaces, but one of them likes to open kitchen cabinets, and then looks at me over his shoulder, with a smug expression on his face.

        • Adrien Chandler

          Hahahahaha! A couple of ours like to play with the built-in bookcase cabinet doors at 3 am. Bam…bam… bam… bam… You get the idea.

        • clay

          “That can opener is next, Hue-Mahn.”

        • vorpal

          The one in my avatar gets very amorous – especially when I come back from the pool (chlorine makes him randy, which apparently is not entirely unusual for cats) – and jumps on the piano to get better access so he can headbutt my face and chew on my hair.

          He loses track of himself so badly that all the things hubby has carefully arranged on the piano end up knocked over or on the floor.

      • Adrien Chandler

        She’s a scientist. Testing gravity. Smarter than this goofball and his rocket. He’s gonna go bah-blooey if he actually goes through with it.

        • David Walker

          No matter how it goes, I suspect he’ll give up on the “gravity is just a theory” bit.

          • Jeffg166

            If he lives.

      • clay

        “I will not be ignored!”

    • Joe in PA

      The rotten guest cat has left. Yay! What a monster…on top of fighting with our cat, destroying the Thanksgiving centerpieces, he threw up at least 5 times. Arrrrghhhh. Rotten cat.

      • David Walker

        Bless its heart.

        • Joe in PA

          Grrrrr

      • Jefe5084

        He was just doing the obligatory cat thing.

      • TuuxKabin

        Did it eat too much?

      • Librarykid

        Did this cat come with its human staff or did it just show up on its own?

        • Joe in PA

          LOL, the cat DID come with human staff. Such as he was. 🙂

      • vorpal

        I’m glad that peace has been restored to your house, and now you are left dealing with the cat you know rather than the cat that you don’t :-).

        I think it’s kind of strange to bring a cat with you when you travel: cats don’t require huge amounts of care and can be left by themselves for a few days at a time. They don’t typically enjoy change, either, so a new house is likely to make them uncomfortable and to inspire them to act out. (Dogs seem much more suited for and adaptable to this kind of thing, and dogs require so much more maintenance, too, so it makes sense to travel with them.)

        That being said, our younger black boy, Felix, used to love to come in the car with us or go into the jungles of Hawaii with us all the time, so we would take him everywhere. He was just a baby back then and less than a year old. Now that he’s older, he just wants to sleep on the ottoman and bug us for chicken whenever we’re cooking / eating it!

        I hope you had a great Thanksgiving despite evil cat, Joe!

        • Joe in PA

          Yeah, Bobby-the-visiting-cat has some health issues. He has to be fed and given meds every few hours. He weighs about 3 lbs. But he sure is strong! 🙂 AND he talks a lot. He was bugging hubs in the kitchen all the time. Trouble is, hubs is a cat-pushover. He was boiling chicken just for the cat. Oh well, we are now restored. Whew. 😉

          • vorpal

            It’s amazing how three tiny pounds can wreak so much havoc and destruction, isn’t it?

            Our black boy, Felix aka Fifi, is a super chatty puss. He’s always making a vast array of expressive meows and every time you say his name, he’ll chirp back at you.

            He is such a spoiled brat, being the baby of the family. I’ll make a spicy Thai chicken dish for dinner and he’ll squawk and meow plaintively while I’m cooking. He doesn’t much care for raw chicken and prefers cooked, so I have to suck the spicy sauce off a few cubes of chicken for him and then tear it up and give it to him. I always feel like a mother bird feeding its young, and as soon as he sees me put a piece of chicken in my mouth, he knows what’s coming and starts to trill excitedly and tries to climb my leg.

            I have never met such an expressive and communi-cat-ive feline in my life. We always know what he wants but we love to say, “Fifi! I don’t understand what you’re saying! I have no idea what you want!” and he gets more and more frustrated and his meows become more demanding and insistent and angry.

            Glad your home is back to the regular level of chaos instead of the extra super duper elevated level!

    • Ninja0980

      My parent’s demonic furball has already knocked off several pens, a book etc. from our table.

    • JustDucky
    • iLoveEggplant
    • Marides48

      My cat Sniff, on those mornings I was sleeping in, would knock things down on top of me from my shelf headboard. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfec2fb96833284cdda8d94f22919a8e9d3bc651d612758804951e486735e7b4.jpg

      • JCF

        That cat looks like it would Meow in a French accent!

        • Judas Peckerwood

          Miaou!

  • kiprian

    When I read this in the Post several days ago I got the impression that the flat earth thing seems to his gimmick to get funding out of people; he didn’t start doing the flat Earth schtick until he failed at getting funding from the rest of us.

  • Xaca

    Darwin! Darwin! Darwin!

  • TKW

    The latest contender for the Darwin Awards.

  • Joe in PA

    I’m surprised Trump didn’t nominate him to head NASA. Hmmm.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      He should have offered Trump a spot as co-pilot.

      • Joe in PA

        Yes!

      • David Walker

        What an honor! And he wouldn’t even have to worry about an interview. Well, maybe if he survived.

  • Boreal
  • MikeBx2
  • William

    ACME makes fine rockets.

    • JWC

      ACME makes the the mosy bigly and bestest of everything 1005 endorsed by Wiley E Cyote Esq

  • JohnJay

    Idiot. Don’t need a rocket. He’d need to get at least 20-30 miles up to really see a curvature.

    He’s in California. All he needs to do is at 3pm… call someone on the east coast, and ask if the sun is up. It won’t be. If the earth were flat, there would be no time zones.

  • Stogiebear

    Mr. Hughes was last heard to say, “Oh no! It’s roun….”

    • Treant

      “My God, it’s full of…..SHIT! (thunk)”

  • Sam_Handwich

    the deep state lizard people are crapping their pants right now!! #MAGA #WINNING

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1dfc2f7e8540d25c6a19713be72e3c73c1168eb64874ea64e5539af31e0ec631.gif

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor
  • Captain Jack

    “It’s still happening. We’re just moving it three miles down the road“. isn’t he afraid of falling off?

  • Bambino

    Of course he is going to claim the earth is going to be flat after he and his rocket falls flat back to the earth. At least he gains millions of attention which he never did from his parents of whoever the babysitter was.

    • Bad Tom

      There is a serious chance he will be killed when his rocket explodes on launch.

      • Jonathan Smith

        annnnnnnnnnd, this is a problem, how?

        • Bad Tom

          I never said it was a problem…
          I merely said it was probable ;-).

  • Steve Smith

    The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe.
    Seriously, though, how sad is it that someone can actually think that saying the earth is a globe is a government conspiracy? We’ve known about this since the 15th. century. Maybe the inevitable fatal crash is the kindest possible outcome.

    • Bad Tom

      The Greeks knew the earth was round. They correctly estimated the world’s diameter.

      • Jonathan Smith

        hey, they were off by like 15 feet.
        Earth is flat.
        🙂

      • Steve Smith

        But the christian church in Rome didn’t like that Idea at all. Look at what happened to Galileo.

        • Bad Tom

          They weren’t too keen on other things the Greeks did, either.

        • Misutaa Roboto

          The issue they had with Galileo was heliocentrism, not Earth being round.

          Bizarrely, I’ve still met geocentrists in the modern world. They have a small but significant presence in creationist circles, but only hear about flat earthers every once in a while. Never met a real one of those in the wild.

      • Ben in Oakland

        the Chinese as well. But that’s because they didn’t have jeebus to tell them otherwise.

    • Jonathan Smith

      well, it’s only been a theory since the 1400’s.
      haven’t PROVEN it yet.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf0051fcda55166bc5c8313fdeb26756bab83c13dc51ccd4bb9c288846f43a68.jpg
      …..oh……crap.

    • Ben in Oakland

      The ancient greeks and the Chinese knew the world was round over 2000 years ago.
      The catholics were just too stupid to notice. The protestants weren’t a lot smarter.

      • Tor

        God made light before he made the sun.
        That’s what you get when you use the Bible as a science book.

        • clay

          . . . and they’re too busy trying to read its history and science to be bothered with its theology and ethics.

  • Friday

    Err, eighteen hundred feet? Why not just drive a third of the way up Mount Washington? 🙂

    • William

      Too logical.

    • BearEyes

      or Pike’s Peak – closer to CA.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Boreal
    • Jefe5084

      You tell ’em Ferdi.

    • Jonathan Smith

      well, what the hell did Magellan know…………

    • TuuxKabin

      There ya’ go.

    • JWC

      Not just Church smacking . but since the beginning of “Church” It is amazing that both in getting things so wrong , the number(vast number) of people that have believed these “Wrongs” to a point where the Church has only re enforced them rather than recind them, I think this applies to “Websters” definition of brainwashing

    • jerry

      The church also got rather pissy with Copernicus and Galileo and their heliocentric theories…not officially admitting Galileo was right until 1992.

  • apparently Shaquille O’neal (Dr?!?) is a flat earther.
    wtf?
    https://www.tfes.org/

  • netman extraordinaire

    Should we all pitch in on a Keurig for him to take with?

  • TheManicMechanic

    Willful ignorance needs to be blown up on the launch pad anyway.

  • Natty Enquirer

    So, what’s he selling?

  • Bluto
  • JAKvirginia

    Let me guess. Trump voter.

  • cleos_mom

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • TuuxKabin

      Find out it’s round?

  • fuzzybits
  • Ben in Oakland

    1800 feet high?!?!?! Wow, that ought to prove something…
    something like he is obviously too stupid to take the Palm Springs aerial Tramway to go to the top of Mt. San Jacinto, where he would be some 6 times as high up…
    and still prove absolutely nothing whatsoever.

  • Bad Tom

    As a former limo driver, I don’t know if Mike Hughes has what it takes for rocket surgery.

    He could also go to One World Trade Center, New York City. That building is 1776 feet tall.

    Even better is Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 2717 feet. No rocket needed! You do need a visa, though.

    • TuuxKabin

      And unlimited visibility. Rare these days.

    • I remember reading that the SR-71 Blackbird flies high enough that you can see the curvature of the Earth, but it flies at 80,000+ (?) feet. Also, I am pretty sure the Air Force retired that jet.

      • Bad Tom

        They did. It was an exotic and expensive jet to run. Just the flight suits were custom fitted at tens of thousands of dollars apiece. They were very close to spacesuits. The pilot air supply was liquid oxygen.

        I have this book called Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the cockpit on a secret operational mission by Col. Richard H. Graham, USAF (ret.)

        It’s based on the Pilot Checklist for the SR-71. You would think it a boring book. It is not.

        • Sporkfighter

          We have one here in San Diego. Should have kept a couple flying just because they’re so bad-ass!

          • Bad Tom

            According to Col. Graham, in the ’70s, the SR-71 was transferred from the Black to the White budget in a move to SAC. That subjected the program to Congressional oversight.

            SAC did not like the aircraft, and made it compete with other programs for funding dollars. It lost in that competition, and the SR-71 program was terminated.

    • Alternatively, there’s Taipei 101, which has an awesome restaurant on the 85th floor, so you also get a meal. But, he would need a visa for that too.

    • Sporkfighter

      He could book a flight from LA to Las Vegas for $43 and get to 20,000 to 30,000 feet.

      • Bad Tom

        As far as I can tell, what he really wants to do is fly his steam powered rocket. The flat earth gig is just a (not very effective) funding stunt. It’s probably obvious to everyone that you can go far higher for a lot less money.

        He’s actually flown a steam powered rocket before, but not as far or as high.

        Steam is not generally considered an effective main engine rocket propellent. It has a specific impulse of 100 – 230 isp. Kerosene / LOX is about 353 isp. Hydrogen / LOX is 451 isp, but is considered the most difficult fuel combination to handle.

        Steam is sometimes used for attitude control in spacecraft, but in that case is usually generated by catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. It is more typical to use hydrazine or one of its couzins. Toxic nitrogen gasses are released if hydrazine is used, but hydrogen peroxide is notoriously unstable and highly corrosive at rocket propellent concentrations.

        However, steam powered rockets are not unique. Evel Knievel used a steam powered motorcycle-rocket hybrid called the Skycycle X-2 in his Snake River Canyon jump. Apparently the State of Idaho registered the craft as an airplane, not a motorcycle.

        Water could be a good working fluid if you have an infinite source of heat, such as the sun or a nuclear reactor. There have been some proposals along those lines. Water is plentiful in the solar system, unlike hydrazine.

        If you need to burn something to heat the water, then you need to take the water (heavy) as well as the fuel and oxidizer, and a heat exchanger, plus the normal rocket apparatus. This cuts into the efficiency drastically.

        WHICH MEANS this dude’s steam rocket has no power source other than STORED steam. It doesn’t generate it onboard. It pretty much can’t. He needs what specific impulse he can get from the steam with minimum weight.

        Which also explains the pretty short flight plan.

        I don’t think Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos have anything to worry about.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Michael Bay should film the ensuing explosion and have someone walk slowly away from it.

  • 2patricius2

    Reminds me of the two people who were going to try to prove there is life after death. One was to commit suicide and then appear to the other. But when the one committed suicide, the survivor never did hear from that person.

    Nevertheless, how this flat earther thinks launching himself on a rocket ship will prove the earth flat, is beyond me.

    • Ben in Oakland

      It’s beyond him, as well./

  • Tor

    Is he expecting to see Argentina?

    • TuuxKabin

      It won’t be crying for him.

      • Jonathan Smith

        i will. Laughing.

    • William

      Uzbekistan.

  • Tomcat

    If the world is flat he should be able to see all the countries from that height.
    Not going to happen.

    • kat

      Why doesn’t he just book a normal plane flight, elevation 32000 feet? For $200, he’ll see a helluva lot more than a 1500 foot rocket.

      • I wondered about that too! Could he believe that the view from a plane window is faked?

  • JT
  • JohnJay

    OK folks. This is how it was done in 200BC…
    Easy-Peasy (scroll down for the answer)

    http://www.earth.northwestern.edu/people/seth/107/Time/erathos.htm

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I think he’s a member of the “Fire is not hot & burning and explosions are safe & totally not disfiguring” society.

  • TuuxKabin

    Well, California.

    • Ben in Oakland

      If he were in Arkansas, would you be saying “Well, Arkansas?”

      • Jonathan Smith

        nope. we’d be saying…..
        “a SLINGSHOT”?

      • TuuxKabin

        no. i’d put it on oakland. where I’m from.

        • Ben in Oakland

          Leave Oakland alone!!!!!

          • TuuxKabin

            Long time ago. I do enjoy going to Yoshi’s, however.

    • SoCalGal20

      It’s a whole other world with the desert folk. I have a friend who lives in Twentynine Palms and that whole Joshua Tree/Twentynine Palms area is a crazy mix of hippies, artists, military people, anti-social people, old people, meth adficts, and assorted others lol.Not surprised there’s some flat earthers.

      • TuuxKabin

        I remember.

      • Bambino

        I suppose Burning Man is just not as exciting as flying on a DIY rocket.

  • MB
  • Thorn Spike

    Sure, why not.

  • OdieDenCO

    I think the only thing he is going to prove is the earth is hard when you hit it

    • Friday

      I think there’s an excellent chance he’ll be lying about what he sees if he survives. (If he goes at all.) 🙂

  • No More GOP.

    This is important! If he didn’t manage to reproduce yet, this will be a great demonstration of Darwinian selection in action.

  • William

    I’ll wait to see the Mike Hughes Memorial Splotch and frozen yogurt stand.

    • Boreal

      I hear you can get a free MAGA hat there.

  • MB
  • David Walker

    As both a devout coward and a believer in science, I’d rather use this mode of transportation than a large firecracker that goes 1800 feet into the air. I’ve never been up in one of these, but if I had a bucket list, this would be on it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-UQ0-8ktAM

    • PickyPecker

      I’ve thought that would be great too. I’ve always wanted to take a trip on a Zepplin, however. They were supposedly quiet, smooth sailing and efficient (and luxurious, some of them).
      https://welweb.org/ThenandNow/images/Graf-Zeppelin.jpg

      • Boreal
      • David Walker

        Goodyear used to have one (many) that would buzz a region if asked to do so (paid) for a tire distributor. We had one airport that still had a tie pole and I’d go there to look at it. Huge. I mean, even though it looked big cruising around, it was HUGE. I was never invited to be a passenger, though.

      • I’ve also wanted to take a trip in a zeppelin, without the fireball dying part.

      • fuzzybits
      • Treant

        I did (Daddy had connections) take a ride on the Goodyear Blimp way back in the 1970’s.

        It’s not as quiet as you might think, but pretty quiet. Still, the sound of the axial propeller is pretty loud and it does vibrate the cabin.

        As I remember, it’s damn cold up there and there’s no heat in that thing. Embarking and disembarking was also an exercise in jumping from a non-moving/moving to a moving/non-moving platform–that thing jiggles in any wind.

    • fuzzybits

      I’ve tried to talk the hubby into going up hot air ballooning but he says no.

      • Sporkfighter

        Tell him you’re going, and he can come along if he wants.

        • fuzzybits

          Well yea,if I entertain the thought again I would go.

    • I’d love to try that! I wonder if I could convince my wife to.

      I got to ride in a helicopter over the Bay when I was in high school. That was a memorable experience.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’ve actually gone up in one. The takeoff is pretty smooth though the landing is a bit bumpy as the basket kind of bounces along the ground before finally stopping. I had no real qualms while in the basket.

      You might be asked to wake up early and launch around dawn as IIRC, the temperature differential makes it easier for it to go up. Make sure the scenery is worth looking at.

  • Galvestonian

    Ummmm … stupid enough to be a Trump voter. The only flat he’s gonna see is himself splattered all over the globe. It ain’t the drop that kills you – it’s the sudden free fall landing.

  • Lazycrockett

    Oh Noes

    61-year-old stuntman and amateur Flat Earth theory researcher “Mad” Mike Hughes, who planned to launch himself some 1,800 feet up at 500 miles per hour in an untested homemade steam-powered rocket over the Mojave Desert ghost town of Amboy, California on Saturday in some sort of gambit to prove the Earth is flat (spoilers: it’s not), will not be doing any of that that this weekend.

    https://gizmodo.com/flat-earth-researcher-told-he-cant-blast-himself-into-t-1820735736

    • Boreal

      He’s doing it on private property instead.

    • JohnJay

      Going 1,800 ft? What’s that going to prove? Hike up Mount Tamalpias (north of San Francisco)… and you’ll be over 2,500 feet up… with great scenic views of the city and bay down at sea level.

    • Ben in Oakland

      steam powered?
      No wonder he is a flat earther.

  • lymis

    Well, he won’t prove that the Earth is flat, but he might well spread himself in what might as well be a flat, thin smear across a chunk of countryside.

    I just hope he doesn’t land on someone else and take them out in his idiocy.

  • Jonathan Smith

    for the love of JMG: SOMEONE had to post it:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtVBCG6ThDk

  • Bambino

    The glass is half full. At least he did not spend the money on assault rifles and ammos staking out in Las Vegas hotel shooting at random strangers. That is a plus right?

  • Lakeview Bob

    Gee Amboy is two hours from Palm Springs. I wonder if I should drive up there to see Darwinism at work?

    • PickyPecker

      Oooo….get video if you can!!

      • David Walker

        Does “America’s Funniest Videos” pay? Or is it no longer on?

        • BearEyes

          show is still on. You get a t-shirt for a submission that airs. 1st and second place get $

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I once read an article about why so many men do Darwin Award type things. They think that it’ll attract attention, specifically women’s. I have to say I can’t think of any worthwhile woman who would be attracted because of this stune. I can perhaps think of women who would be interested in the life insurance payout after he goes splat.

  • lymis

    If he disproves anything, I hope it’s reincarnation. We don’t need him back.

  • Blake J Butler
  • GanymedeRenard

    Awww, isn’t he cute?

  • Jason Ergott

    Wonder if he knows he has to get to 35,000 feet to see the curve, would be far easier to launch a high altitude balloon w/ camera and GPS for recovery.

    • Friday

      Cause buying a plane ticket would be too sensible. 🙂

    • HAhaha! No, but of course not! For that he’d have to both read and believe the science books.

  • Slippy_World
  • TexasBoy
    • David Walker

      “An anomaly”? “A problem with the vehicle on the pad.”

      • TuuxKabin

        Yeah, me too.

        • David Walker

          I do like synonyms. Three Mile Island was reported from the beginning as an “incident.” Not even “accident”…”incident.” Less fear-inducing, I guess.

          • TuuxKabin

            My first experience with art imitating life, or whichever comes first was walking out of a matinee of “China Syndrome” eyes adjusting to the bright sunlight;

            http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2154294.1426707651!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/threemile19a-3-web.jpg

          • David Walker

            I always kinda thought “The China Syndrome” was a documentary. I lived within the 10 mile radius and worked just outside it. Jack, who was on an assignment in Philly, totally freaked, calling like every 15 minutes. I’ve spent less-anxiety-driven weeks.
            Middletown, the town near TMI, showed “The China Syndrome” for years on the weekend of the incident’s anniversary.

          • clay

            Yeah, I dated the EPA Air Quality Control Chief (not that high a grade at the time) who discovered the radioactive hydrogen bubble, for a while.

  • Hue-Man

    I don’t have this guy’s brilliant mind (thankfully) but wouldn’t digging through the Earth into the space below be more definitive? If you go up, you might not see the edge; if you pierce through, there’s no doubt.

    • Treant

      (Actually sits down and thinks about this). Going up is…interesting, in that humans’ binocular vision sucks after a very limited distance. Everything is flat at a mile and no reasonable motion will show you the parallax.

      The planet, at any realistic distance, will always resemble a flat plate to flat plane, depending on the actual size of the planet in question. Within the atmosphere, or looking deeply into it even from outside, extinction will get rid of most detail very quickly.

      The easy way to detect the planet’s nearly spherical nature would be to hover in a reasonably stable point in absolute space (say, stay along the radial of the earth-sun line, on the sun side, at an altitude of D miles above the planet’s average surface). You’ll see it rotate below you.

      Ranging radar would work as well. On a flat surface, the distance at any angle greater than zero from straight down is always less than it will be on a sphere.

      And measure gravity. A flat surface’s gravity will fall off more slowly, approaching 1/D as the size of the plane becomes infinite, regardless of the plane’s density or depth. A sphere will always have a ratio of exactly 1/D^2. ETA: In this case, D is the distance from the far point directly under you, while D^2 is the distance to the center of the sphere.

  • fuzzybits
  • Piernudo15

    OT: just saw this on my facebook feed. Sorry if someone has already posted it. April Ryan calling out Sarah Sanders over her “homemade” pecan pie.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mediaite.com/online/sarah-huckabee-sanders-and-april-ryan-have-strange-twitter-exchange-over-piegate/amp/

    • TuuxKabin

      PIE FIGHT! What a waste of PIE.

    • Tor

      Professional looking crust in a throw-away pie tin. Hmmm.

      • -M-

        I think someone tracked down the photo Sarah used too.

    • MaryJOGrady

      I have baked chocolate pecan pie several times successfully. It comes out a lot darker than that picture because of the chocolate.

  • Will Parkinson

    Man, another liar. It’s so passe.

  • Michael R

    Moron plans to draw attention to himself , not Trump this time .

  • Kevin Perez

    Since he’s blaming the delay on imaginary government meanies, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this will never ever happen.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Ninja0980

    If this wasn’t so dangerous to others, I’d gladly suggest letting the Darwin theory take place with this idiot.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      After all, right wingnuts don’t believe in Darwinism, except social Darwinism.

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    Texas should welcome him with open arms. Idiocy is deregulated there. So are common sense things.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Phil2u

    Darwin Award in the making . . .

  • Tor

    I’m wondering about his methodology once he reaches altitude.

    • -M-

      Assuming it doesn’t explode, I’m wondering about the landing.

      • MBear

        Im not wondering. Im making popcorn

      • clay

        Falling from 1800 feet, how long (far) would it take the ‘chute of appropriate size to fully deploy?

    • KarenAtFOH

      There is a previous launch on YouTube. His rocket was propelled by pressurized steam. At the top of the arc, a parachute was deployed from the top. His last chute had big holes in it, and the landing was a little rough.

      • Tor

        But how does that prove the earth is flat?

  • Acronym Jim

    When you think Terry Pratchett only wrote college textbooks….

  • Bj Lincoln

    What an ordinary moron.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Very ordinary.

  • KnownDonorDad

    This is what happens when creationism is allowed to flourish: even crazier ideas emerge.

  • Marides48

    Evel Knieval II?

  • The Milkman

    K. Bye gurl.

  • Hue-Man

    O/T Here’s a Firefox 57 review. I agree with almost everything – my gripes are pages that tell me to exit private browsing (when I’m not) and nits about zoom settings disappearing.
    https://www.wired.com/story/firefox-quantum-the-browser-built-for-2017/

  • Robincho

    Hurry up, Mikey. Mr. Darwin is waiting…

  • Coprolite

    Hey Mike, let me save you the trouble. If the earth was flat, cats would have already pushed everything over the edge.

    Get with it, this is the 21 century, there is plenty of literature and films proving that earth is spherical.

  • infmom

    Chicken out and blame the government. Sounds about right.

  • JCF

    Good news! One less voter for the Rethug Congressional incumbent! (Paul Cook, CA-8)

  • MBear

    1800 feet…cuz otherwise he’d pierce the ceiling to the heavens and thatd make his sky daddy pissy

    • RJ Bone

      And drown us all when it lets in all that space water 😉

  • Renfield

    I’m so glad they stopped him. He would have bumped his head on the blue painted ceiling.

  • Sporkfighter

    So the BLM didn’t give him the permit he didn’t ask for, and that’s a failure of government? I expect his NOK will be blaming the government for not preventing him from blowing his ass up on the ground when his “rocket” fails to launch.

    Building a real rocket is harder than it looks. I know some of these guys. They are smart, and they have spectacular failures.

    https://youtu.be/WzvKg5aZlWs

    https://youtu.be/GD4V4mBZ8kE

  • zhera

    If he believes in gravity (and I can’t see how he doesn’t since he admits to needing a rocket to escape the ground) then how does he explain the Earth being flat? Or maybe gravity is something completely different from what Newton thought? Something this supersmart moron knows better than everyone else? Like chemtrails, or something?

  • RJ Bone

    There NEEDS to be extensive video documenting of this. Including cockpit video… If they can recover it from the flaming wreckage.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    While he’s up there, maybe he’ll run into the balloon boy. https://amp.usatoday.com/story/17327017/

  • Halou

    1,800 feet is not enough to see the full curvature of the earth, is it?
    He needs to get high.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      He should ask Snoop Dogg for help.

  • architect_tim

    $100 bet he will win the 2017 Darwin Award.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Time’s Person of the Year?

  • Mihangel apYrs

    Well, at least he’s willing to try and see for himself, and should change his belief once he sees a globe.

    Good luck and I hope no-one gets hurt

    • Gianni

      I suspect he’s not going to see anything for long after launch.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        perhaps, but I do admire him for trying to prove his beliefs, at least to himself. I hope he is somehow dissuaded, though

        • Gianni

          Why should he be dissuaded? It’s obviously something he’s put a lot of thought and work into. The quality of the thinking is, to put it politely, questionable. Plus, if when it crashes it manages to do so in an occupied area, that, I’m sure, would boost his prestige. Actually, I’d be surprised if there was anything resembling a liftoff.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            I prefer people not to die needlessly

          • Gianni

            Yeah, that fine, except it’s his own choice to risk his won life. If he was worried about the possibility of not living through this rather dangerous nonsense, he wouldn’t do it.

          • ZRAinSWVA

            It’s his own stupid choice, and I cannot fathom the lengths he must go to somehow justify his indefensible position. There are a dozen ways (many outlined above) that provide proof the world is round without building a ‘rocket’ based on ‘formulas, not science’. I can only think he’s deliberately blinding himself, and I have no pity if he crashes and burns. #notsorry

    • kanehau

      Even he admits he isn’t going to get high enough to see curvature (hell, one of my houses is at 4,050 ft and that’s way higher than he’ll get).

      He says this is more of a proof of concept for a later flight that would possibly be balloon launched to go much higher.

      There’s a Darwin award in this guys future.

  • Thoth
  • Gianni

    I don’t quite understand how he is going to “prove” such a thing. This dude just needed something to do; something to call his own. Go for it. You aren’t going to prove anything other than, assuming you actually get off the ground, that what goes up, must come down. I hope the crash landing is as spectacular as his stupidity.

  • ECarpenter

    He’s not going very high – he’d do better to book a seat on a commercial flight over a part of the world that rarely has cloud cover. Or sit in a shipping harbor and watch the boats head out to sea – they disappear from the bottom up because of Earth’s curvature, the classic proof that was first noticed thousands of years ago. Or look at the shadow of the Earth on the moon. There are all kinds of things ordinary people can do to demonstrate the curvature of the earth, it’s not something you have to have a rocket for.

    These guys haven’t even chartered a plane and flown over the South Pole, which should be #1 on their list, since that would disprove all of their theories. Real scientists, of course, run experiments to try to disprove their own hypotheses. That’s the big difference between science and religion.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      “I don’t believe in science,” said Hughes, whose main sponsor for the rocket is Research Flat Earth. “I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”

      ( http://www.kgw.com/mobile/article/news/nation-world/i-dont-believe-in-science-man-who-thinks-earth-is-flat-plans-to-launch-self-on-a-rocket/494267216 )

    • RJ Bone

      Hadn’t you heard? They put special glass in the windows of airplanes to make the horizon look curved, to lie to us! It’s a massive, wild conspiracy that makes no sense at all!

      • ECarpenter

        I had not heard about the special glass!! Oh, that makes everything different!! And can’t you see, the fact that the conspiracy makes no sense means it must be true!!!

        • RJ Bone

          In fact, the less sense it makes, the more super-truthy. For instance, religion… 😉

  • peacfulseas inWA

    My 1st thought was I wonder if they had measured him for a casket then realized he plans to strap himself in his future coffin. Just take whats left to the crusher.

  • Mikey Ruck

    wouldn’t it just be easier to get in his car, and drive off the edge of the earth?

    • BobSF_94117

      No movie deal for “quirky” inventor that way.

  • sfmike64
  • David Kerlick

    Trump to appoint him chief scientist at NASA.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    Wouldn’t it be safer, and cheaper, just to mount an expedition to the edge of the world and take some pictures?

    • The_Wretched

      And in all of history with cell phones and selfies, No One has taken that pic yet.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    He won’t be the first amateur rocket scientist to successfully launch himself into space. Some have already made it to the Moon!
    https://youtu.be/Kb0ooQKbflM

  • thatotherjean

    What an incredibly stupid way to die.

  • KaBoomBOX
  • The_Wretched

    I guess it’s his right to kill himself as a paen to stupidity.

  • Steven Buck

    1800 ft high !? He IS a moron. You gotta reach many miles above the ground to see ANY curvature of the planet. It’s fascinating that he claims to be an adult in this day and time. He needs to be reminded that the flat earthers are the ones perpetrating a hoax.

  • John
  • SDG

    Idiot

  • Nic Peterson

    Oh he’s gonna show all of us…

  • Ore Carmi

    Last time I dismissed a crazy ignoramus, Trump became president. Watch, y’all, this will lead to flat-eartherism in every science textbook!

  • Willys41

    1800 feet? WTF? Take a flying lesson for a hundred bucks and go up to 5000.

  • goofy_joe

    How exactly is that thing supposed to land?

  • Thornton

    Maybe if we are lucky, it will explode on take-off and the earth will be rid of another STUPID MORON!!!! Too bad he won’t take several other MORONS with him like Pat Robertson, Robert Jeffrress, Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins and Jerry Falwell, Jr. How is it possible that he lived to be 61, being that stupid?

  • Thornton

    When this MORON does this event, I hope there is news coverage so we can all laugh our @$$es off when he is cremated in the explosion. And then have the announcer turn to the camera, smile and say. “Now, the world is free of another IDIOT. Isn’t it wonderful?”

  • ericxdc
  • Nowhereman

    Yee Haw! ride ’em cowboy!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3edi2Wkr5YI