Man charged after fiery argument over whether Earth is flat or round
Earth is seen from the Apollo 8 spacecraft in December 1968. (NASA)
Published Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:28PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:53AM EDT
A 56-year-old man in eastern Ontario is wanted by police on a mischief charge, after he allegedly threw a propane tank into a fire during an argument with his son's girlfriend over whether the Earth is flat or round.
Police say the argument broke out among three family members who were sitting around a campfire at St. Lawrence Park, in Brockville, Ont., on Monday. A woman refused to back down from her assertion that the Earth is flat, and her attitude ultimately pushed her boyfriend's father over the edge.
After attempting to drop several truth bombs about the shape of the planet, the 56-year-old man started throwing items into the fire, including a propane tank.
Police and firefighters were called to the scene of the argument to extinguish the flames.
The man fled the scene and is expected to face mischief charges when he is apprehended, police said in a statement.
"Neither party would change their views," police said in a statement.
The Brockville spat is only the latest flat-Earth debate to make headlines. In January, recording artist B.o.B. got into a heated Twitter war with astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson over the shape of the Earth.
For the record, Ferdinand Magellan led the first expedition to successfully circumnavigate the round Earth, from 1519-1522. Magellan himself did not live to see the end of the journey.