A Flat Earth conspiracy theorist joined the US Navy to prove his beliefs that the Earth was flat – but gave up after being passed a pair of binoculars according to a crewmate.
The naval officer checked his ship's location, speed and direction every day while in open seas during his search for evidence that the planet was not round.
But he ended up realising the Earth was a globe after being handed a pair of binoculars and being unable to see land past the horizon, a fellow naval officer said on Reddit.
The Petty Officer went on to re-enlist and became a "very successful machinist mate and a really good sailor".
TrungusMcTungus wrote on Reddit: "I have an acquaintance I met in the Navy, who joined specifically so he could see that the Earth was flat while at sea.
"Every day he would chart the ships location, speed, heading (direction) etc, a few times a day so he could make a map of their path.
"Ultimately he realized that the path the ship was taking would be impossible if the Earth was flat, based on the distance they were travelling vs their speed.
"When he finally got skeptical of the Earth being flat, his Leading Petty Officer went topside with him and pointed out the curvature by giving him binoculars and explaining that if the Earth was flat, he should be able to see the land they were making for.
"He couldn't see anything off the horizon. After that, he was convinced."
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The account later added: "Also, his LPO (Leading Petty Officer) tried to show him the curvature of the Earth more than once, but until he realized that the ship couldn't travel the way it was traveling if the Earth was flat, he was convinced that the curvature was just an illusion.
"Dude ended up reenlisting and is still in the Navy, he's a very successful machinist mate and a really good sailor. He now believes the Earth is a globe."
One user responded: "I saw a video of an experiment where one group flew a helicopter far out over the ocean and another group watched it with a powerful telescope as it slowly lowered to the horizon.
"It disappeared behind the horizon while the helicopter was still a considerable distance from the ground. That ended that phase for me for good."
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