Some people still think the Earth looks like this (Credits: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Flat-Earthers may have had their ideas disproved countless times, but you kinda have to admire their persistence.

Despite the likes of Netflix documentaries and SpaceX launches proving that, well, the Earth is spherical, some just refuse to believe it.

Like a couple in Italy who have recently been quarantined after trying to find ‘the end of the world’ while the country was in lockdown due to coronavirus.

The man and woman, both from Venice, attempted to set sail to Lampedusa (an island between Sicily and North Africa) to prove that there is an end to the flat, 2D world we all inhabit.

Unfortunately, they didn’t make it to Lampedusa. They only got as far as Ustica, and island off Sicily’s northwest coast.

The couple only got as far as the island of Ustica (Wikipedia)

Salvatore Zichichi, a doctor of the maritime health office of the Ministry of Health helped the pair after they got lost. He pointed out that they were using a compass to help them navigate.

‘The funny thing is that they orient themselves with the compass, an instrument that works on the basis of terrestrial magnetism, a principle that they, as flat-earthers, should reject,’ he told Italian newspaper La Stampa.

According to Newsweek, the pair were taken to quarantine in Italy. They attempted to escape and get back to their boat before being caught and returned to quarantine again.

What do Flat-Earthers believe?

Jeffrey Diaz, right, is selling flat earth maps at his booth during Flat Earth International Conference at Crowne Plaza Denver in 2018 (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Essentially, that planet Earth exists on a flat, 2D plane and that it’s possible to sail right off the end of the world into the void of space. And all those pictures from space showing the blue marble as a sphere are just fakes.

Rather than just being stupid, a particular set of personality traits seems to predispose people to believe in conspiracy theories.

That’s the argument from Josh Hart of Union College in New York.

Hart says: ‘These people tend to be more suspicious, untrusting, eccentric, needing to feel special, with a tendency to regard the world as an inherently dangerous place.

‘They are also more likely to detect meaningful patterns where they might not exist.

‘People who are reluctant to believe in conspiracy theories tend to have the opposite qualities.’

Hart says: ‘Our results clearly showed that the strongest predictor of conspiracy belief was a constellation of personality characteristics collectively referred to as ‘schizotypy.’


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