When a news story falls through the cracks,
Lewis Black catches it for a segment we call
Back in Black.
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When I was a kid, there were certain things
you learned in school.
One plus one equals two.
And you get to watch TV the rest of the day
if the president gets shot.
But most importantly, facts were facts.
That's why we called them "facts"!
But these days, from Facebook to the White House,
reality is optional.
And here's the ultimate proof.
NEWSMAN: We're also learning more about a bizarre conference
There are ads taking over the airwaves and billboards,
going up along the highways. Take a look.
Well, the event is for people
who don't believe the Earth is round.
It turns out Colorado has a high concentration
of the so-called Flat Earthers.
Oh, what a surprise!
Colorado, where there's not enough oxygen
-and tons of weed! -(laughter)
Of course they think the Earth is flat.
I'm surprised they don't think the Earth
is a chalupa inside a snow globe.
Listen, here's how we know the Earth is round, okay?
If you look at the curvature of the...
Wait a second. Why am I arguing with you?
We don't have to waste our time trying to convince you.
But if you want to waste your time
trying to convince us, go ahead.
MAN: Do you feel yourself spinning?
No, I'm pretty rock solid.
Toilet water's not flying out on people in Australia
because of gravity.
Photos of the Earth from space.
Completely and utterly false.
Flat Earthers also do not believe
that there is any such thing as space.
The space shots are actually shot in a swimming pool.
Wha-What? There's no such thing as space?
Then where do we keep sending our monkeys?
I was told my tax dollars were going
to murdering monkeys in space.
And now you're telling me
they're just faking it in a Jacuzzi?
Now, in simpler times, if you had a dumb thought,
you'd think it and then go back to selling your blood for meth.
It was a perfect system.
But with the Internet, your stupidity can make you famous.
NEWSMAN: Patricia Steere is one of what you might call
the stars of today's Flat Earth movement,
which mostly orbits around YouTube.
♪ Hey, cat, catch the chat ♪
♪ Did you realize the Earth is flat? ♪
Now, that song slaps...
by which I mean, it makes me want to slap someone!
Look, any idiot can sit in their bedroom
uploading conspiracy theories to YouTube,
but it takes a special idiot to launch himself into space
for the cause.
NEWSMAN: Meet Michael Hughes, "Mad Mike" to his fans.
He now has a plan to go 62 miles up
to the edge of space, where he'll be able to see,
or not see, the curve of Earth.
My rocket will fire, pull me through the balloon,
and then actually once the rocket quits firing,
I will actually fly like Superman
for, like, another 30 seconds.
My favorite: barbecued moron.
Listen, you may not learn whether the Earth is round,
but I have a feeling you're about to learn
a lot about gravity. Ha-ha!
-Trevor. -Lewis Black, everyone!