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Wed Feb 26, 2020, 08:20 PM

'Mad Mike' Hughes Was a Daredevil First, Flat Earther Second

Interesting article. Has much more on the flight and crash than I'd seen elsewhere.

From https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/939nnz/mad-mike-hughes-was-a-daredevil-first-flat-earther-second

'Mad Mike' Hughes Was a Daredevil First, Flat Earther Second

The man best known for his mission to launch himself into the sky to prove the earth was flat died in a rocket crash this weekend, and left behind questions about his beliefs.

By Mack Lamoureux
Feb 25 2020, 10:38am

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Hughes's flat earth bonafides seem to be up in the air following his death, however. In his conversation with VICE in 2018, Hughes was adamant that he didn’t believe the earth was round. He wanted to see for himself and said, “if I go up and it's a globe, I'm going to tell you it's a globe.” Furthermore, in his Facebook post, Stakes said his friend “was a real flat earther” who “had dozens of books on the subject.”

However, after his death, Hughes's publicist Darren Shuster told VICE the entire gimmick was for publicity.

“As his PR rep for 17 years, and privy to hundreds of hours one-on-one, I can say with certainty: He was a great American daredevil,” said Shuster. “While open to the idea of government conspiracies, he was a daredevil who used flat earth publicity to get worldwide attention. It was a PR stunt. We used the attention to get sponsorships and it kept working over and over again. For the sake of Mike’s legacy, it’s time to tell the truth.”

In a Facebook post, Stakes said Shuster “made it all up” and “is totally full of shit.”

[...]



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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 09:14 PM

1. To quote another D.U. poster, The 'urf may not be flat, but Hughes certainly is.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:48 AM

2. Give him credit

He rediscovered gravity.

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Thu Feb 27, 2020, 04:24 PM

3. Songs for the funeral

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Rocket Man

Space Oddity

The Gravity Song (Apologies to John Mellencamp)
"I fight gravity, gravity always wins
Well, I fight gravity, gravity always wins"


I Fought the Law (of Gravity) and the Law Won

Funeral For A Fool

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Thu Feb 27, 2020, 09:21 PM

4. Oh, right... A "PR stunt" for publicity

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Fri Feb 28, 2020, 03:16 PM

5. He went out in a blaze of gory

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Mon Mar 2, 2020, 09:47 PM

6. I never cared much for daredevil shit

Life is too short to end with a SPLAT.

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