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Entry from November 08, 2017
“The only thing flat-earthers fear is sphere itself”

"Flat Earth Society motto: ‘We have nothing to sphere but sphere itself.’” was posted on Twitter on April 19, 2011. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” is a line from the first inaugural address (March 4, 1933) of Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).

“Just found a flat-earth facebook group whose tagline was ‘the only fear is sphere itself...’” was posted on Twitter on January 14, 2017. “‘Flat Earthers’ have nothing to fear but sphere itself” was posted on Twitter on March 4, 2017. “The only idea that flat-earthers fear is fear itself” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on July 25, 2017.

The “sphere itself” line has been printed on several images.


Wikipedia: Flat Earth
The flat Earth model is an archaic conception of Earth’s shape as a plane or disk. Many ancient cultures subscribed to a flat Earth cosmography, including Greece until the classical period, the Bronze Age and Iron Age civilizations of the Near East until the Hellenistic period, India until the Gupta period (early centuries AD), and China until the 17th century. That paradigm was also typically held in the aboriginal cultures of the Americas, and the notion of a flat Earth domed by the firmament in the shape of an inverted bowl was common in pre-scientific societies.

Wikiquote: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (30 January 1882 – 12 April 1945), and and often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the President of the United States from 1933 to 1945
(...)
First Inaugural Address (1933)
These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.
This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.
. Part of this is often misquoted as “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” most notably by Martin Luther King, Jr. in his I’ve Been To The Mountaintop speech. Similar expressions were used in ancient times, for example by Seneca the Younger (Ep. Mor. 3.24.12): scies nihil esse in istis terribile nisi ipsum timorem ("You will understand that there is nothing dreadful in this except fear itself"), and by Michel de Montaigne: “The thing I fear most is fear”, in Essays (1580), Book I, Ch. 17.

Twitter
Tom Morton‏
@GTMorton
Flat Earth Society motto: “We have nothing to sphere but sphere itself.”
1:55 PM - 19 Apr 2011

Twitter
Buttah Fingah‏
@ocsaleb
There is nothing to sphere but sphere itself.
- Flat Earth Society
3:06 AM - 23 Mar 2013

Twitter
Steven F. Hayward‏
@stevenfhayward
Motto of the Flat Earth Society: We have nothing to sphere but sphere itself!
6:49 PM - 26 Jan 2015

Twitter
MrDr SagDecWho‏
@SagDecWho
I liked a @YouTube video http://youtu.be/LZp3UK4N2iM?a “Sphere Itself” - A Flat Earth Rap Recording
12:05 AM - 25 Nov 2015

Twitter
gathering moss‏
@moss_sounds
just found a flat-earth facebook group whose tagline was “the only fear is sphere itself...”
6:36 PM - 14 Jan 2017

Twitter
Shuffle-T‏
@Shuffle_T
‘Flat Earthers’ have nothing to fear but sphere itself.
8:21 AM - 4 Mar 2017

Reddit—Jokes
The only idea that flat-earthers fear
submitted July 25, 2017 by PercMastaFTW
is sphere itself.

Reddit—Jokes
he Only Thing Flat-Earthers Fear.....
submitted October 7, 2017 by SLy_McGillicudy
Is Sphere Itself.

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
The only thing flat-earthers fear is sphere itself
submitted October 7, 2017 by bearcam

Reddit—Oneliners
The only thing flat-earthers fear, is sphere itself.
submitted October 10, 2017 by madazzahatter

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
The only thing flat earthers fear is sphere itself
submitted October 21, 2017 by Sharkbait93

Reddit—Jokes
The only thing flat earthers fear.
submitted November 9, 2017 by ThatOtherGuy_CA
Is sphere itself.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Wednesday, November 08, 2017 • Permalink