B.o.B, deGrasse Tyson clash over claim Earth is flat

The world is flat, according to a 27-year-old hip-hop singer with more than 2.3 million Twitter followers, and a new album out this month.

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Recording artist B.o.B has been locked in an epic, paranoid battle of conspiracy theory-versus-science for several days now, as he argues with people on Twitter – including famed American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – over claims the Earth is flat.

B.o.B, a singer from Atlanta, Ga., claimed on Sunday that the world is flat (or possibly pear-shaped), and accused scientists and the media of promoting a conspiracy to keep the "truth" under wraps.

His evidence for the "flat Earth" theory is posted in several tweets, and consists mainly of skyline shots showing a flat horizon, and the claim that people are not allowed to go the North and South Pole because that's where the edges of the Earth are.

The cities in the background are approx. 16miles apart... where is the curve ? please explain this pic.twitter.com/YCJVBdOWX7

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016

No matter how high in elevation you are... the horizon is always eye level ... sorry cadets... I didn't wanna believe it either.

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016

Gleason's Projection pic.twitter.com/7AB50swI2Y

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016

I question the international laws that prevent you from exploring Antartica and the North Pole... what's there to hide?

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 26, 2016

I'm going up against the greatest liars in history ... you've been tremendously deceived

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 26, 2016

Many Twitter users responded to B.o.B's theory by pointing out the very simple truth – that the Earth is, in fact, round – but B.o.B simply mocked his detractors by retweeting them and calling them "sheeple."

@bobatl dude get in a plane, and fly in one direction, you will come back around to where you started

— Sam Prudence (@Sam_Prudence) January 25, 2016

why don't u do it I dare ya https://t.co/6tg4Bpiphc

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson responded to a few of B.o.B's "science" tweets, with corrections to his math.

@bobatl Earth's curve indeed blocks 150 (not 170) ft of Manhattan. But most buildings in midtown are waaay taller than that.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 25, 2016

@bobatl Polaris is gone by 1.5 deg S. Latitude. You’ve never been south of Earth’s Equator, or if so, you've never looked up.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 25, 2016

The war of words soon heated up, with Tyson launching a few barbs at B.o.B and his "regressive" way of thinking.

@bobatl Flat Earth is a problem only when people in charge think that way. No law stops you from regressively basking in it.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 25, 2016

@neiltyson why can't the curvature of the earth be measured anywhere in nature? why does only NASA have photos of the curve ? r u a mason?

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016

B.o.B also threw some shade at Tyson in a newly-recorded song, called "Flatline" (featuring Neil Tyson).

https://t.co/qP4qq2Zi7z

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 26, 2016

"Globalists see me as a threat," B.o.B says in the song. "Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest."

B.o.B.'s track also included a clip of a man describing the "oblate spheroid" theory – that the Earth is "pear-shaped," not round.

"Use your – use your common sense," B.o.B sings.

Geocentrism debunks the Coriolis effect, hurricanes, tornadoes, seasons, makes u wonder what earthquakes are... https://t.co/yyC2I8dwG0

— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 26, 2016

B.o.B released his latest album on Jan. 17. Three days, later, he claimed on Twitter that his account was being censored. He then issued several conspiracy theory tweets, including one alleging that human cloning was real, and another with his original claim that the world is flat.

B.o.B rose to fame in 2010, when he was nominated for a slew of MTV, BET and Grammy awards, for "Nothin' On You" (featuring Bruno Mars) and "Airplanes, Part II" (featuring Eminem and Hayley Williams).

His last song to crack Billboard's top 10 list was "Strange Clouds," featuring Lil Wayne, on Oct. 15, 2011.

In one of B.o.B's earlier songs, an autobiographical track called "Generation Lost," he sings: "In my senior year at Columbia High, I dropped out of high school and I got signed."



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