Skip to comments.Ingenious 'Flat Earth' Theory Revealed In Old Map
Posted on 06/23/2011 1:54:10 PM PDT by decimon
In 1893, Orlando Ferguson, a real estate developer based in South Dakota, drew a map of the Earth that combined biblical and scientific knowledge in a unique way. The map accompanied a 92-page lecture that Ferguson referring to himself as a "professor" delivered in town after town, traveling far and wide to share his theory of geography, highlighted by his belief that the Earth was flat.
Only one fully intact version of Ferguson's map, which represents the Earth as a giant, rectangular slab with a dimpled upper surface, remains. Don Homuth of Salem, Ore., just donated the map to the Library of Congress. [See the map]
"It's very fragile. It's printed on tissue paper and hand-colored with watercolors," Homuth said. He got the map from his eighth grade history teacher in Fargo, N.D., who got it from his grandfather, who lived in Hot Springs, S.D. Ferguson's hometown.
"Now, I'm 67. I don't want it to fall into the hands of relatives, for God's sake! And I don't particularly want to sell it. So we thought we'd send it to the Library of Congress," Homuth told Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience.
The map also has a picture of a man holding onto the Earth for dear life, with an inscription that reads: "These men are flying on the globe at a rate of 65,000 miles per hour around the sun, and 1,042 miles per hour around the center of the earth (in their minds). Think of the speed!" Yeah right, Ferguson seems to have been implying. [Read: What's at the Center of the Milky Way?]
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Is it just me, or are the angel at the top left and the angel at the top right taking a whiz on a giant roulette wheel?
Must be one a them fallen angels.
Lol. What’s been seen can’t be unseen.
With enough range the angel could hit between China and Korea.
Ok educated ones, wasn’t the flat earth thing debunked by this time?
There are still flat earthers around. I even think we have one on this site.
So the earth is a giant Roulette wheel! I KNEW IT!
Oh, THAT’S why they call it that! :-)
so it’s a cult thing then. To believe this means everything including pics from space are a lie.
We still have flat earthers, just they call themselves global warming advocates
You need an angel when you put your money down on that.
That map is most unscientific. Where are the elephants and turtles that should be holding it up?
Apparently the different time zone thing didn’t bother him. Somehow it managed to be dark on one side of the world while light on the other side, just for now reason at all. :-)
“Now, I’m 67. I don’t want it to fall into the hands of relatives, for God’s sake! And I don’t particularly want to sell it. So we thought we’d send it to the Library of Congress...”
Sure, pal. The government will take care it—right away! Idiots will probably think the tissue paper is exactly that.
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