‘Mad’ Mike Hughes, who believes Earth is flat, blasts off in self-built rocket

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“Mad” Mike Hughes, a 61-year-limo driver and self-taught rocket scientist who believes that the Earth is flat, finally blasted himself in the direction of space.

After many delays, Hughes propelled himself almost 2,000 feet into the air Saturday before a hard landing in the Mojave Desert about 200 miles east of Los Angeles. He told the Associated Press that outside of an aching back he’s fine after the launch near Amboy, Calif.

“Relieved,” he said after being checked out by paramedics after his steam-powered craft emblazed with the words “FLAT EARTH” returned to the ground. “I’m tired of people saying I chickened out and didn’t build a rocket. I’m tired of that stuff. I manned up and did it.”

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