Mmmm, Doughnut Earth…It’s Weird News Wednesday!!!

Mmmm, Doughnut Earth…It’s Weird News Wednesday!!!

Mmmm, Doughnut Earth…It’s Weird News Wednesday!!!

A relatively new theory has people arguing online about the possibility that Earth might actually be shaped like a doughnut. VICE reports that the “Donut Earth Theory” first appeared on FlatEarthSociety.org in a 2008 thread started by a mysterious figure named “Dr. Rosenpenis”–who posted the theory as a joke. It was fleshed out in detail by FES trailblazer Varaug in 2012. According to Varaug’s explanation, there’s a huge hole in the center of the planet that we can’t see because “light bends and follows the curvature of the torus, making the hole ‘unseeable.’” While the theory raises a lot of questions about how gravity would work, Varaug adds, “Imagine a donut. Imagine a jam donut. Gravity acts towards the jam.” The theory, however, doesn’t hold up to basic scientific interrogation. Namely, a doughnut-shaped Earth wouldn’t have night and day, nor sunrises and sunsets as we know them on our spherical world with a 24-hour rotation.

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