Bad Ideas: John Cleves Symmes Jr. and the Hollow Earth – Bad Ideas #7

John Cleves Symmes Jr. was a man with a dream. Despite having no education higher than grade school he set out to prove a new scientific theory: that the earth was hollow and further that it was accessible through giant holes open at the poles. He was wrong of course, but what made this idea REALLY bad was that John Cleves Symmes was a terrible public speaker and he knew it. Thus this man put himself in terrible misery to spread his erroneous idea. If only he’d lived in the 21st century where could have just had a YouTube channel about it.

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