Flat-Earther Successfully Launched Himself 1,800 Feet Into The Sky With Steam-Powered Rocket, Discovers No Flat-Earth Evidence

March 26, 2018

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Flat-earther "Mad" Mike Hughes successfully launched himself 1,875 feet into the wild blue yonder over the weekend (from a launchpad repurposed from an old mobile home) hoping to gather evidence that the earth is a flat disk (previously: . Unfortunately for him, he was only able to gather evidence about how much it hurts to crash back down to earth in a homemade rocket.

"I'm tired of people saying I chickened out and didn't build a rocket. I'm tired of that stuff. I manned up and did it."


Hughes reached a speed...estimated to be around 350 mph before pulling his parachute. Hughes was dropping too fast, though, and he had to deploy a second one. He landed with a thud and the rocket's nose broke in two places like it was designed to do.

"This thing wants to kill you 10 different ways," said Hughes, who had an altimeter in his cockpit to measure his altitude. "This thing will kill you in a heartbeat."

"Am I glad I did it? Yeah. I guess. I'll feel it in the morning. I won't be able to get out of bed. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight."

Admittedly, I have to respect Mike's willingness to strap himself into a death trap and blast off to capture a view of the earth that nobody who hasn't ridden an airplane for the first minute of it's ascent has ever seen. His next plan is to develop a 'Rockoon,' a "rocket that is carried into the atmosphere by a gas-filled balloon, then separated from the balloon and lit," which could IN THEORY travel as high as 68 miles. Will he be able to go home and have dinner and see his cats the night after that flight? That remains to be seen (he's definitely gonna die).

Keep going for a video of the launch.

Thanks to K Diddie, Alex and n0nentity, who agree there's nothing trying hard and believing in yourself can't achieve except for the things you aren't actually capable of.

  • JJtoob

    Interesting how "density" causes acceleration, isn't it?

  • ward00

    What's with all the "respect" for this guy. He clearly did not take into account that if his landing spot was a little bit farther to the left it would have taken him past the edge - parachute would not have helped him there.

  • steve holt

    "Admittedly, I have to respect Mike's willingness to strap himself into a death trap and blast off to capture a view of the earth that nobody who hasn't ridden an airplane for the first minute of it's ascent has ever seen."

    thank you GW, thank you for this gift. I needed a laff so bad today.

  • The_Wretched

    You can't balloon into space....physics people.

    Props for living his dream though. Not everyone is willing to die for their insane theories.

  • antalicus

    Unless you are a flat earther and believe gravity is buoyancy

  • captaindash

    But buoyancy is partially correct in certain circumstances. For a helium balloon to rise, the air underneath the balloon is fractionally more dense than the air above it so in it's case it actually is buoyancy that makes it fly, exactly the same as it would in water. Most of the flat earth sciencey stuff does have a grain of truth to it

  • shashi

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

  • Munihausen

    Maybe not everyone, but many, sadly.

  • Bling Nye

    After reading more about this guy, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the guy isn't really a Flat Earther at all... more of a smart guy with a wacky hobby that needs people to fund it.... and who best to fund wacky hobbies than the extremely gullible/stupid? Seems like he saw an opportunity and exploited it to meet his own needs. Especially when it's probably as obvious to him as it is to us that he could've bought a plane ticket etc., etc., etc..

  • Closet Nerd

    DAMN IT, Darwin!!!!

  • Hobbes Maxwell

    pretty cool that a flatard had the guts and gumption to put the work in to prove/disprove their theory. we laugh all we want, but i respect anyone who puts in the effort. he may be delusional, but he did try. ideally, he will discover through his own trial and error, the earth is round and try and convince other flatards that their efforts are better spent contributing to proper scientific study rather than crackpot garbage

    it's super-easy to shit-post fools, but hey, they are part of this whole human experience as much as we are, and much as it might pain us, we gotta include them. so it's in all of our best interests to support efforts to bring them around, rather then bully and berate them.

  • sizzlepants

    And the next time you meet an idiot eating glass because they think it makes them stronger will you just keep encouraging them?

    Freedom of stupidity doesn't mean stupidity needs to be encouraged.

  • Matt

    The best part is that he has to study physics and learn the equations to pull this off, based on the truth that the earth is round. The science of his rocket powered journey doesn't work without a round earth, quite funny actually.

  • Jack Humphrey

    That man might be delusional, but he's still a goddamn hero.

  • Lord Chino

    For simpletons, yes.

  • Jack Humphrey

    My bad, I didn't know ambitious people with strange interests can only be appreciated by people of a similar pedigree.

  • Lord Chino

    Don't apologize for being a fucking idiot. Nobody gives a shit.

  • Doog

    What's the point of your incendiary and unnecessarily rude replies?

    I'm genuinely interested. If I had to guess, which I clearly don't but am going to anyway, you just like to argue with people. Not specifically to be rude, but more just for the enjoyment of arguing (though obviously rudeness helps initiate and escalate an argument).

    I eagerly await your profane laden tirade of a reply about how wrong and stupid I am.

  • Mark

    He's an anonymous keyboard hero.

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