Splat Earther

I know I’m gonna get dragged for that headline…

The WaPo has the polite one: ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes, who wanted to prove the flat-Earth theory, dies in homemade-rocket disaster

The plan: Float dozens of miles high in a balloon, then fly a rocket to the Karman line, the 62-mile-high barrier that separates the atmosphere and the cold vacuum of space, filming the entire way. “For three hours, the world stops,” Hughes said during a live stream, imagining the reaction.

Bet he didn’t imagine this.

Hughes, a self-styled daredevil, flat-Earth theorist and limousine-jumping stuntman, died Saturday when his crudely built contraption propelled him on a column of steam, spiraled through the air and cratered into the sagebrush outside Barstow, Calif. He was 64.

“It’s a daredevil thing,” Stakes said in a short phone interview with The Post on Sunday, describing the danger and Hughes’s experience building seven rockets. “He was one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met.”

But not smart enough.

The herd thins itself, with a boost from Science.

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19 Responses to Splat Earther

  1. He learned the hard way that employing Acme-brand rocket devices requires the touch of a Super Genius to survive. That was like a Wile E Coyote cosplay gone horribly horribly right wrong.

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  2. Buttermilk Sky says:

    Why didn’t he just build a boat and sail off the edge of the earth? Was he afraid of dragons?

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  3. Dennis Cole says:

    “Parachute failure.” How ignominous. It helps immensely to pay close attention in class when it’s “How To Properly Pack & Prepare Your Parachute For Perfect Deployment” day.

    And then there’s this ad in this morning’s Craigslist:
    “For sale – 1 parachute, rocket-style, NEVER USED!”

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    • Plummet says:

      DC, the parachute was shredded when it deployed just after take off. It’s only good for a car or boat cover now.


  4. Mark E. Bye says:

    “The earth may not be round, but it sure is hard”, Hughes did not say.

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  5. Infidel753 says:

    “He was one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met.”

    I am frankly not seeing much empirical evidence here to support that proposition.

    This is just another case of natural selection at work, though with rather more flair than usual.

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  6. julesmomcat says:

    Ignore science at your own peril. Gravity wins, every time.

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  7. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    The flight of Stupid Icarus…

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  8. donnah says:

    Too bad he couldn’t have fit a few anti-vaxxers in with him. The more conspiracy theorists sent away, the better.

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  9. Perturbation says:

    Re: “smartest guy I’ve ever met”…

    I hadn’t followed this guy’s shenanigans since, and it sounds like his plan became more ambitious (and comically insane), but a year or so ago I read an article about him and his plan at the time was to get up to a couple miles and take his flat-earth video from there. And I thought, er, my dude, you could buy a plane ticket with a window seat for a few hundred bucks and get up to six miles TOMORROW. Bonus: very low probability of “pancaking” on landing.

    But he hadn’t thought the whole thing through to that point. He’d crashed previously and been seriously injured, so it was obvious it was going to end this way.

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  10. Are they still giving out Darwin awards? Definite contender here.

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  11. YellowDog says:

    He would be alive if he believed in a Mobius Strip Earth.

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  12. Bruce388 says:

    Any chance Lord Dampnut lost a voter in this tragedy?

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