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-- "Why don't you believe the Earth is flat?"
Question answered -- ("If the earth were really flat, then...") :
-- My ship never sailed off the edge.
-- We never even had to adjust course to avoid it (the edge).
-- None of the other sailors I’ve met have any stories of this either, and believe me...
-- Thousands of sailors would have tens of thousands of stories about it.
-- You couldn’t keep a secret like that for long.
-- The Default Seafaring Battle Tactic would have been (if the earth were "flat") :
To drive someone else’s ship off the edge of the earth if you were anywhere near it.
-- The internet would be clogged with pictures of the edge where another continent is supposed to be.
-- Trash would be falling off the edge instead of floating around until it sinks.
-- People would be getting Viking funerals in which their barge is set on fire...
-- And sent off the edge in a big BALL of fire... (that would be a lot of the pictures, I think)
-- The point is, people are quick to proactively benefit from any guaranteed way of disposing of something they don’t want.
-- And it’s hard to keep them quiet when something like that exists. Besides that,
-- There are orbiting satellites, airplanes, Physics, and other things I can directly observe to tell me it’s round.
-- Also my husband is a scientist and he laughs at the idea that you can convince thousands of people ...
-- People who disprove each other’s work for a living -- they are professional disprove-each-others ...
-- To get them all to lie in unison.
-- Murders would be committed by sending people off the edge.
-- Hijacked planes would be flown past the edge if they were near it.
-- This could go on forever
("Which, come to think of it, ain't such a bad idear, since the Chapter is next week all ready," said Bishop F.).
...........................PLAY STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER (Souza)............................