Newswire: Shaq says he was just joking about the Earth being flat

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Thanks to the rise of “alternative facts” and fake news, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether or not someone is actually stupid, if they’re feigning stupidity for political gain, or if they’re just joking around. That third option is usually the most complicated, since making a joke usually involves not explaining that you’re making a joke, and it’s especially complicated when—for example—you’re more famous for your basketball prowess than for your dry sense of humor. That brings us Shaquille O’Neal, who declared earlier this week on his podcast that he believes the Earth is flat. He said he drives and flies from coast to coast and everything looks flat, so therefore the world must actually be flat.

This probably would’ve gone unnoticed if not for a recent controversy where three other basketball players also mentioned that they think the ...