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Peak 2019 Is This Flat-Earther Being Launched Into The Sky Thanks To A Dating App For Hookups

It's a flat match.

We’ve reached peak 2019, because now dating apps are quite literally fuelling the hopes and dreams of flat-earthers.

Notorious flat-earth conspiracy theorist, daredevil, self-taught rocket scientist and limo driver ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes has once again launched himself 1,500m into the sky over the Mojave Desert with a homemade steam-powered rocket. 

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According to the 63-year-old, the whole thing is sponsored by “commitment-free dating app” Hud, and is part of an upcoming series for the Discovery Channel.

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I’ve got a few questions. Firstly, why is a dating app for hookups sponsoring this kind of thing? Secondly, who is trusting a homemade rocket 1,500m in the sky!? And thirdly, did Hughes have his dreams dashed when he looked down and saw the curvature of the Earth?

According to Forbes, it’s the second time Hughes has launched himself into the atmosphere in hopes of drawing attention to the ‘Flat Earth movement’ and eventually send himself to space where he can find out once and for all what Earth is shaped like. Spoiler alert: it’s round. 

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Hughes isn’t the first person to make headlines for believing our planet is flat. NBA star Kyrie Irving, television personality Tila Tequila and rapper B.o.B are all convinced of Earth’s flatness. In 2016, B.o.B posted a series of tweets telling his millions of followers that he “didn’t wanna believe it either.”

B.o.B. Credit: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

“No matter how high in elevation you are…the horizon is always eye level…” he wrote. Later he posted a photo of the horizon and captioned it, “The cities in the background are approx. 16 miles apart…where is the curve? Please explain this.” Wow.

There’s no update on whether Hughes’ launch was a success or failure judging by the daredevil’s various social media platforms, but no news is good news, right?  

Someone Made Vodka From Radioactive Chernobyl Grain And That's A Big Old Nope From Me

Bottoms up.

Fancy your vodka on the rocks with a side of radioactive grain?

A very brave team of scientists have taken “slightly contaminated” rye grain planted in the exclusion zone at Chernobyl and turned it into an artisan vodka called ‘Atomik.’

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You might be thinking noooope, not for me. But according to James Smith, who is part of the Chernobyl Spirit Company, the vodka “is no more radioactive than any other vodka.”

“Any chemist will tell you, when you distil something, impurities stay in the waste product,” Smith told the BBC. “So we took rye that slightly contaminated with water from the Chernobyl aquifer and we distilled it.”

The good news is, after testing the vodka at a radio-analytical laboratory there was no radioactivity detected. “They couldn’t find anything – everything was below their limit of detection,” Smith said.

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Well, that’s a relief. But why make the vodka in the first place? The Chernobyl Spirit Company are hoping the sale of the spirit could provide support to communities living around the exclusion zone. 

“We don’t have to just abandon the land,” Smith told the BBC. “We can use it in diverse ways and we can produce something that will be totally clean from radioactivity.”

Professor Smith has worked in Chernobyl since the 1990s and said while there are radiation hotspots, “for the most part contamination is lower than you’d find in other parts of the world with relatively high natural background radiation.”

The entrance to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Credit: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The aim of selling the artisan vodka is to distribute profits back into local Chernobyl communities who “don’t have the proper diet, good health services, jobs or investment.” The rest of the money will be reinvested in the business.

As for the taste? According to a London bartender “it’s more of a grain spirit than a vodka, so it has much more fruity notes – you can still taste the rye.”

Perhaps it’s worth bravely downing your next shot if it’s for a worthy cause.

A Little Kid Had 526 Teeth Removed And The Tooth Fairy Just Went Bankrupt

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.

Remember when you were a little kid and losing a tooth was *literally* the highlight of your life because it meant you’d wake up with a gold coin under your pillow? Well, for a seven-year-old boy in India it (technically) meant 526 gold coins. 

Hello, tooth fairy. Credit: Giphy

According to the Times of India, Chennai local Ravindranath was taken to the dentist after his parents noticed how swollen his right cheek was and suspected symptoms of a decayed tooth.

Turns out the little boy actually had 526 (!!) teeth tucked inside his lower jaw that had to be surgically removed. I’ll give you a moment to process this. 

Oooft. Credit: Giphy

Luckily, the dentists were able to remove the teeth, arrange them in a strangely beautiful spiral formation, and retain all 21 of Ravindranath’s normal chompers. 

“The teeth were in different sizes that varied between 0.1mm to 15mm,” said college head of maxillofacial pathologist Dr Prathibha Ramani. “They looked like pearls in an oyster. Even the smallest pieces had a crown, root and an enamel coating like a tooth.”

While the doctors couldn’t work out what caused the strange growth, they suspected it could have been from radiation from mobile towers, or genetic causes. “Biopsy results showed it was just abnormal growth,” Dr. Ramani said. “There could be a strong genetic connect but we cannot rule out environmental factors such as radiation from mobile towers.”

After conducting a study of 250 people living close to mobile towers, college researchers found that “at least 10% of people had micronuclei changes in their cells. This change can cause controlled or uncontrolled multiplication of cells and diseases.”

“We may have to do a larger study to prove the link between mobile towers and micronuclei changes,” Dr. Ramani said. 

Thankfully, Ravindranath recovered from his surgery and told the media he’s feeling “no pain.” Which means the tooth fairy needs to cough up, stat.

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