Punters Left Feeling Flat After Sky Bet Refuses Flat Earth Wager  

Two flat earth avocats have hit out at Sky Bet and its pees for refusing to accept a £100 bet that our planet isn’t the shape many believe it is.

Round Earth

The curvature of earth as people see it isn’t all it seems to be according to two punters from Grimsby. (Image: google.com)

Despite the masses of evidence in support of the earth being a three-dimensional sphere, two friends from Grimsby have petitioned British bookmakers to prove them wrong.

Offer Falls Flat

The latest attempt to bet money on the earth being flat saw Gerrard Gallacher contact Sky Bet via Facebook. Believing the operator would be more receptive than Bet365 and William Hill had been, Gallacher set out a simple proposition that, if correct, would win him the bet.

“Five-year bet, if any politician, scientist or official announces to the world that the world is flat,” wrote the non-believer.

Despite offering to stake £100 on the longshot, Sky Bet’s representative didn’t beat around the bush and politely declined. Picking up on the story, local reported Connor Lynch quizzed Gallacher and his friend Poncho Pete about their scepticism.

“I just don’t believe that we have ever sent rockets into space. I cannot comprehend that if space is a vacuum where there is no air, then what do the rockets propel against,” Gallacher told the Grimsby Telegraph.

What Are the Odds?

If the pair ever find a bookmaker willing to take the wager, they believe the windfall would be worth millions. With betting companies accepting wagers on similarly outlandish claims such as Elvis making a comeback, the two men may have some luck in the future.

In practice, however, the betting conditions described by Gallacher could be manipulated too easily for a bookmaker to accept the bet. Because of this, we may never know what the odds are of the earth being flat.

The modern flat earth movement evolved during mid-twentieth century. According to Wikipedia, many flat earthers are motivated by “pseudoscience” or religion, while others are being less than serious. In recent years, social media has given anyone without the necessary knowledge a platform to air their views about the earth’s geometry.

This dynamic has revived the medieval concept of the earth being flat. Typical arguments against the commonly accepted idea the earth is round include claims that satellite imagery has been faked.

Today, as well as bedroom astrophysicists making claims about the shape of the earth, a host of celebrities have joined the movement. American rapper B.o.B famously got into a Twitter debate with acclaimed astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson, while cricketer Freddie Flintoff has said he’s not convinced.

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