There’s something about California that attracts the unhinged and the attention-seekers.
Case in point: A man in “The Golden State” is channeling his inner Wile E. Coyote in an attempt to launch himself at hundreds of miles per hour into the air on a homemade rocket.
His mission? Prove that the earth is flat. Yes, really.
According to The Associated Press, “Mad” Mike Hughes has spent some $20,000 on the project, which has taken him several years to complete.
“I like to do extraordinary things that no one else can do, and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket,” he declared.
“Rocket” is a bit of a misnomer. The contraption is made out of scrap metal and isn’t powered by any traditional rocket fuel. Instead, it is propelled by steam from heated water.
“Hughes will heat 70 gallons of water and then launch himself 1,800 feet upwards before pulling two parachutes and coming back down to earth’s surface,” explained Tribunist. “To minimize the risk of falling debris and to avoid injuring someone, no spectators are allowed.”
As a proponent of flat earth theories, Hughes wants to use the publicity and the contraption itself to draw attention to his thesis: The world isn’t a sphere.
To borrow a line from Jaws, “we’re gonna need a bigger rocket.” The announced altitude goal of 1,800 feet is extremely low. There are U.S. skyscrapers that are about that tall, not to mention mountains.
To put it in perspective, 1,800 feet is not much higher than the pattern altitude airplanes use when they’re preparing to land. Why Hughes couldn’t buy a cheap airline ticket and reach over ten times the height in perfect safety is a bit of a mystery… unless, of course, the entire thing is a publicity stunt
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