In case you have somehow been hiding under a rock for the past several years, the idea that the Earth is flat has somehow managed to creep its way back into pop-culture. Hovering somewhere between meme and "thing people actually believe," it's a theory that has been widely debated. Really. People have gone back to arguing whether or not the Earth is round.
When it comes to states obsessed with "flat Earth," Texas actually ranks pretty high.
So what exactly is the Flat Earth Theory? Well, to start, it supposes that the Earth is actually a flat disc. The outer rim of the Earth is a giant wall of ice...Antarctica. The arctic circle is the middle. That's just scratching the surface, and it does get really wild and conspiracy filled. You can find out more here.
While the idea that the Earth is flat is outlandish and absurd to most of us now, there are those who disagree and hold on to the belief that we're living on a disc, things don't fall down but the Earth goes up, and that NASA is protecting the secret.
The folks over at BetKentucky did a recent study to see which states are flat Earth obsessed. Texas, it turns out, is absolutely fascinated by it. We ranked 12th out of all 50 states.
Since this study is based on Google searches and attempts to find info, one could say we're merely curious. More cynical individuals might say there's a lot of people in the Lone Star State that are subscribing to the theory. I'm hoping it isn't the second one.
Kansas, where the Earth is quite literally flat, didn't rank nearly as high as we did. Even in the bayou of Louisiana, they're not as concerned with the Earth being flat as we are in Texas.
Personally, I'm going to pin a lot of these Google searches (793,200 over the past year) for information on Joe Rogan since he moved to town. The man has a real thirst for info, as you would know if you listen to his podcast.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that's the reason.