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Did you know that scientists working for the United States government are lying to us about the shape of the Earth? That's what a group of flat-earthers claimed to be the truth during a conference held at a mall hotel in Canada in August.

The Flat Earth International Conference 2018 was held from August 9-10 at the world-famous West Edmonton Mall's Fantasyland Hotel, and according to a first-hand report from theEdmonton Journal, the conference was nothing short of a gigantic circle jerk of ridiculous claims from an even more ridiculous group of people.

Perhaps the most ridiculous came from Mark Sargent, a famous flat-earther who came to prominence with a series of YouTube videos in 2015 when he was asked why the scientific community won't come clean about the Earth being flat.

Sargent told the man who posed the question that governments and scientists cannot admit the "truth" because society as we know it would collapse.

"Because by the time they figured it out ... the industrialized world --- the cement was already cast," said Sargent, according to the Edmonton Journal piece.

Sargent continued by stating: "If some scientist revealed it tomorrow on CNN, or whatever, and it was broadcast that the Earth is not (round) --- there's potential for some real shock waves, some real upheaval. The first one is academic --- literally in every university in every country, astrophysics and astronomy would have to be shut down overnight. Those would not reopen."

Sounds crazy, right? Sargent, and many others like him, actually believe that the scientific community has been lying to billions of people for more than half a century because they don't want to topple society as we know it.

Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise if you know anything about Sargent - the man who spent a series of YouTube videos entertaining the idea that society is actually "inside a Truman Show-like enclosed system," and how the government has been keeping the truth under wraps dating back to at least 1956.

Well, okay.

The insanity didn't stop there. There were plenty more flat-earthers in attendance dropping bombs of wisdom on those in attendance at this year's conference.

One of the best gems from this two-day conference came from Matt Long, who told the crowd of 250 or so that NASA was founded by "Nazis (which is actually true), Free Masons, and magicians."

Robbie Davidson, who organized the event, told the audience that he is standing up against the "ridicule and name calling" that the flat-earth community deals with on a daily basis. Davidson explained how he was shunned by two different churches in his community ever since he subscribed to the idea of a flat earth about three years ago. What a shame.

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