Man Says Earth Is Flat – Will Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket To Prove It [VIDEO]

Man Says Earth Is Flat – Will Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket To Prove It [VIDEO]

This sounds like an excellent way to wind up deader than a door nail. It would certainly qualify for the Darwin Awards and cleanse the gene pool. Mike Hughes is a 61 year-old moron from California who believes the Earth is flat. Yep, he’s one of those special people with stuffing for brains. He says he doesn’t believe in science, which is counterintuitive to what he is planning to do. But then… see MORON. Mike wants to launch himself 1,800 feet high in a homemade rocket that goes 500 mph to prove the world is flat. Go for it! Please, please do it.

The rocket cost him $20,000 which seems a little on the cheap side when you consider that most cars now cost more than that. This guy’s chosen profession is limo driver. Hardly a qualification as a scientist or a budding astronaut. He has spent the last several years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage. Yeah, that sounds TOTALLY safe. Sign me up… not. He converted a mobile home into a ramp for the rocket. Why do I get visions of Wile E. Coyote and his ACME rocket? As I recall, that never ends well for the coyote. Oh well.

“If you’re not scared to death, you’re an idiot,” Hughes said. “It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive. I like to do extraordinary things that no one else can do, and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket. I’m a walking reality show.” You’re a walking idiot with a death wish. Mike was going to launch his rocket today, but canceled at the last moment.

Maybe he’s not quite ready for suicide yet after all. Nah, the government got in his way. Not having the required federal permits, plus mechanical problems with his “motorhome/rocket launcher” forced self-taught rocket scientist “Mad” Mike Hughes to put his experiment on hold. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “told me they would not allow me to do the event … at least not at that location,” Hughes said in a YouTube announcement, amid international attention over his plans to launch into the ‘atmosflat.’ “It’s been very disappointing,” he said. Some coroner somewhere is heartbroken. The ‘rocket’ broke down in his driveway.

According to the Post, Hughes told a flat-Earth group, which funded his endeavor, that his project will “shut the door on this ball earth.” He argued NASA lied about the moon landing and the shape of the globe. “John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are Freemasons,” Hughes said. “Once you understand that, you understand the roots of the deception.” Hoo boy… this guy is loony tunes. In 2016, he planned another launch up the side of Texas’ Palo Duro Canyon, but ultimately canceled after some of his last-minute tests were “absolutely brutal,” the Amarillo Globe-News reported at the time. He was also awarded a 2002 Guinness World Record for the longest ramp jump in a limousine.

Though an amateur rocket scientist, Hughes nonetheless is telling the media that “I don’t believe in science. I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula,” he said. “There’s no difference between science and science fiction.” What a raving lunatic. Evidently, Hughes managed to fly a quarter-mile over Winkelman, Arizona, in one of his rockets in 2014. He got hurt doing it too. This time, he was going to finish himself off. Darn bureaucrats. Maybe he should set off to walk off the edge of the Earth. At least we’d never see him again AND he’d have something to do that wasn’t explosive. It’s a win-win if you ask me.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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