FLAT-EARTHERS THINK ‘PAC-MAN EFFECT’ STOPS US FALLING OFF THE EDGE OF THE PLANET

Sailors never had anything to fear from the edges of a flat Earth, say conspiracy theorists at the first U.K. Flat Earth convention. Instead, objects will zap to the other side of the planet when they reach the very edge, some proponents argue.

The convention saw flat-Earthers, skeptics, and the flat-Earth-curious gather in the city of Birmingham, U.K. At the event, conference speaker Darren Nesbit sought to address one of the most obvious problems with flat-Earth claims—why people don’t just fall off the edge of the planet if they travel too far in one direction.

“We know that continuous east-west travel is a reality,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “No one has ever come to or crossed a physical boundary.”

The best explanation isn’t a curved, globe-shaped Earth, Nesbit thinks. Instead, it could be something more like teleportation. Yes, you read that right. Teleportation.

Like Pac-Man himself, who reappears on one side of the game screen having exited on the other, objects would be transported from one edge of the flat Earth to the opposite edge. Describing this as a “logical possibility” for “truly free thinkers,” Nesbit explained, “Space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect.”

Nesbit isn’t the only one to highlight this effect. As ScienceAlert points out, rather than a plausible concept, the Pac-Man effect is described as a ridiculous consequence of flat-Earth claims online

The best explanation isn’t a curved, globe-shaped Earth, Nesbit thinks. Instead, it could be something more like teleportation. Yes, you read that right. Teleportation.

Like Pac-Man himself, who reappears on one side of the game screen having exited on the other, objects would be transported from one edge of the flat Earth to the opposite edge. Describing this as a “logical possibility” for “truly free thinkers,” Nesbit explained, “Space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect.”

Nesbit isn’t the only one to highlight this effect. As ScienceAlert points out, rather than a plausible concept, the Pac-Man effect is described as a ridiculous consequence of flat-Earth claims online

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