The flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading around the globe. Does it hide a darker core?

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 15: Jeffrey Diaz, right, is selling flat earth maps at his booth during Flat Earth International Conference at Crowne Plaza Denver Airport. November 15, 2018. Hundreds of people who believe the Earth is flat attended the conference. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

“I don’t want to be a flat Earther,” David Weiss says, his voice weary as he reflects on his personal awakening. “Would you wake up in the morning and want everyone to think you’re an idiot?”But Weiss is a flat Earther.

Ever since he tried and failed to find proof of the Earth’s curve four years ago, he’s believed with an evident passion that our planet is both flat and stationary — and it’s turned his world upside down.”I absolutely freaked out,” Weiss tells CNN in a phone interview. “It literally whips the rug out from underneath you.” 

Now, Weiss finds it tedious to associate with the majority of people — though he “unfortunately” still has some friends who believe in a round Earth. “I have no problem with anybody that wants to believe we live on a ball. That’s their choice,” he says. “It’s just not something I resonate with.”Weiss’ preferred community is those who share his life-altering belief. And that community is vast.

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