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Shaquille O’Neal’s theory of why the Earth is flat: ‘I flew 20 hours today…I didn’t flip’

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal is known as one of the most entertaining people in the NBA world. Her larger than life personality has garnered lots of laughs around the world.

He’s known as a prankster, but some people might not laugh at some of his recent comments. The 50-year-old recently explained a theory why the Earth might be flat.

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“Like, I flew 20 hours today,” O’Neal explained. “Not once have I been here. I didn’t go straight. I did not switch. I didn’t turn upside down. »

After receiving some pushback for his comments, O’Neal continued to explain the theory.

“It’s always a straight line,” O’Neal said. “You don’t sink. It’s just a theory. Another theory, how they said the world turned? I’ve lived in a house by a lake for 30 years. Not once did the lake turn left or right.

It’s certainly an interesting theory from O’Neal, but it might not get too much support. This isn’t the first time O’Neal has spoken about the Earth and its shape. During a 2017 episode of his podcast, O’Neal called the Earth flat.

“It’s true,” O’Neal said. “The Earth is flat. There are three ways to manipulate the mind: what you read, what you see, and what you hear. In school, the first thing they teach us, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America.’ But when you got there, it was fair-skinned, long-haired people smoking the peace pipe. So what does that tell you?

Many NBA fans will also remember when Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, a player the Lakers have been linked with a lot this offseason, made headlines in 2017 when he said he believed that the Earth was flat.

Irving later apologized for his comments the following year.

People all over the world have long debated whether the Earth is round or flat, and it is surely a debate that will continue for many years to come.

According to the National Ocean Service, the Earth is actually closer to an ellipsoid despite its round appearance.

“While the Earth appears to be round from the perspective of space, it is actually more like an ellipsoid. However, even an ellipsoid does not adequately describe the unique and ever-changing shape of the Earth.

“Our planet is more chubby at the equator than at the poles by about 70,000 feet. This is due to the centrifugal force created by the constant rotation of the earth. ocean trenches plunging over 36,000 feet (relative to sea level) further distort the shape of the Earth. Sea level itself is even irregularly shaped. Slight variations in the earth’s gravity field cause permanent hills and valleys on the ocean surface more than 300 feet above an ellipsoid.

“Furthermore, the shape of the Earth is constantly changing. Sometimes this change is periodic, as is the case with the daily tides that affect both the ocean and the crust; sometimes the change is slow and steady, as with the drift of tectonic plates or the rebound of the crust after the melting of a heavy layer of ice; and sometimes the shape of the planet changes violently and episodically during events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or meteor impacts.

It will be interesting to see if O’Neal’s comments spark heated debate in the NBA world.


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