By Tim Binnall
A handful of prominent Flat Earth advocates are making waves by way of a proposed expedition to Antarctica in order to, they hope, 'end the debate' about the controversial conspiracy theory. The equal parts audacious and foolhardy idea came up via conversations with a Forbes reporter regarding a forthcoming documentary about the Flat Earth from enormously popular YouTube star Logan Paul. Exploring the ideal method to conclusively answer the question of the planet's true shape, the hypothesized edge of the Earth at Antarctica emerged as a proposed route.
"All we have to do to shut this debate down once and for all is get the distance of the coast of Antarctica," declared Flat Earth researcher Jay Decasby, "that will prove it's the outer edges of flat earth and refute entirely every single argument" against the conspiracy. The conspiracy theorist's belief is that the measurement would be significantly large than the currently accepted version and, in turn, upend the proverbial Round Earth Theory. For his part, Paul seemed on board with the idea, boasting that "I am that guy that will make it to the edge."
Alas, before one gets too excited about the possibility of Flat Earth fans making a mad dash to Antarctica in search of answers, it would seem that the idea is largely hypothetical at this time. That's because a UN treaty governing the region would likely prevent such a fantastic project from taking place. While Flat Earthers are apt to say that the regulations are designed to prevent people from knowing the truth about the shape of the planet, a more likely explanation is that the agreement aims to protect the region and individuals from a misadventure like the one that they're suggesting.