Despite all the evidence in the world proving otherwise, some people refuse to abandon their stubborn beliefs that Earth is actually flat — and this guy really takes the cake.
Mike Hughes is so convinced that people are wrong about the planet’s round shape that he decided to prove his point in a seriously dangerous experiment. The 61-year-old limo driver had initially planned to launch himself into space in a homemade scrap-metal rocket on November 25 in Amboy, California. Unfortunately for him, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) put a stop to that pretty quickly.
Hughes has spend $20,000 building his own steam-powered rocket
with spare parts he had in his garage, even buying a motor home on Craigslist to use as a ramp.
He’s been planning the launch for the last year, claiming to have already obtained the BLM’s approval — which, apparently, was news to the federal agency.