Shaquille O’Neal believes the world is flat and his reasoning isn't exactly scientific
Legendary actor of Steel and Kazaam (and retired basketball player) Shaquille O'Neal believes the world is flat.
The platinum-certed rapper (remember "I Know I Got Skillz"?!) and video-game star (remember Shaq-Fu?!) was on his weekly podcast The Big Podcast With Shaq (great title) when the topic of Kyrie Irving came up.
Last month, Cleveland Cavaliers player Irving was asked about conspiracy theories and had the following to say (via Yahoo! Sports): “For what I’ve known for many years and what I’ve been taught is that the Earth is round, but if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move and the fact that — can you really think of us rotating around the sun, and all planets align, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these ‘planets’ and stuff like this.”
Shaq was asked about this by the co-hosts on his podcast, and announced he agrees with Irving's way of thinking:
“It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yeah it is. Yes, it is. Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mid — what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but then he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with the long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this sh*t is flat to me. I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity. Have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.”
You can listen to the full thing here (the Earth-flattening stuff kicks off around the 09.30 mark), but essentially because Shaq doesn't see the curvature of the Earth with the naked eye, he believes the world is flat.
Stay in school, kids.