You don’t really know a person until you know how far they’re willing to go to win an argument. But I feel like I know all I need to know about “Mad” Mike Hughes based on the fact that he’s about to launch himself in a homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat.
The 61-year-old limo driver-turned-daredevil has spent the last few years — and $20,000 — building a rocket out of “salvage parts in his garage,” the Associated Press reports. On Saturday, he’ll test his rocket for the first time by flinging himself over the ghost town of Amboy, California, traveling at 500 miles per hour. Once he hits about 1,800 feet, he plans to descend using two parachutes.
The whole thing will be on YouTube, unfortunately.
When it comes to maneuvering a homemade rocket, this is somehow not even Hughes’ first rodeo. Back in 2014, he launched over Winkelman, Arizona, and managed to make it 1,374 feet. It’s unclear how successful the mission was, considering Hughes collapsed after the mission due to the G-forces. It took him three days to recover from the ordeal.
Hughes says this rocket will help him build another to take him into orbital space so he can take a picture proving once and for all that Earth is flat, which it isn’t.
While Hughes’ ambitious project won’t defy irrefutable evidence that the Earth is round, it certainly defies logic.
“I don’t believe in science,” Hughes told the AP. “I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”
Good luck with that, Mike. I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be fucking wrong.