Ferdinand Magellan proved the Earth was round when he completed the first global circumnavigation in 1521.Yet, nearly 500 years later, conspiracy theorists hold true that our planet is, in fact, a giant pancake of soil and water.While you were watching Avengers: Infinity War, weeding the garden, or Netflix and chilling over the weekend, 200 believers attended Britain’s first Flat Earth Convention in Birmingham.The Telegraph‘s Will Crisp bravely visited the conference room of a Jurys Inn hotel, where everyone from clean-cut IT consultants to off-grid environmentalists spent three days mulling over “scientific proof” that Earth is a plane.And one controlled by giant magnets.“My research destroys Big Bang cosmology,” David Marsh, a manager at the NHS Supply Chain head office in Derbyshire, told Crisp.“Research” he conducted in his backyard with a free phone app and a Nikon camera; by tracking the movements of the Moon across the sky, Marsh claims he disproved the laws of planetary motion.“It supports the idea that gravity doesn’t exist and the only true force in nature is electromagnetism,” Marsh said.So, the falling apple that led to Isaac Newton’s highly regarded law of universal gravitation was actually torn down by the magnetic field that extends from Earth’s interior into space?Apparently.There is no shortage of evidence proving Earth’s spherical shape. After all, have you ever heard of a boat dropping off the edge of the planet? But even eye-witness accounts from actual spacefaring astronauts aren’t enough to convince everyone.“People are waking up,” convention organizer Gary John said. “We’re seeing an explosion of interest in flat Earth theories and increasing mistrust of governments.”The two, of course, are not mutually exclusive. But it does appear the flat-Earther ranks are growing—no thanks to celebrity endorsements. Pro basketball player Kyrie Irving insisted the Earth is flat during a February 2017 podcast. In November, rapper B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray Simmons Jr.) launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising $1 million to send satellites into space to gather proof. (So far he’s collected $6,899 from 233 people.)As mind-boggling as all of this sounds, it’s nothing compared to musician and convention speaker Darren Nesbit’s so-called “Pac-Man effect.”The stranger-than-fiction theory suggests that celestial bodies (such as the moon) are able to transport from one side of Earth to the other once they reach the horizon—just as characters in arcade game Pac-Man enter screen-right and exit to the left.“One logical possibility for those who are truly free thinkers is that space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect,” according to Nesbit, who also believes the planet is supported by pillars and shaped like a diamond.“I’m not saying this is definitely what is going on, but I think it is a plausible model,” he said.To most folks, this sounds like a load of poppycock. But no matter how sure you are of the learned science, unless you’re super well-versed in the topic of Earth’s spherical shape, you’ll always lose the argument. And philosophy may explain why.An international version of the UK’s convention is scheduled for November in Colorado. Logan Paul’s Flat Earth Doc Complicates YouTube’s Conspiracy Content RulesThis Philosophical Theory Is Your Best Defense Against Flat Earthers Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.