I imagine the response to this may be "That's ridiculous! Why is the earth flat, but the other planets around it are not? How is it so different that comparison is insufficient? It makes more sense that the Earth is round like the round planets around it."
And the response to that is "well the earth is special. It is large, it has its own sun to warm it and it is the only place we find life. It isn't like the tiny twinkling planets you see when you look up. "

If the sun is no more than 32 miles across ... how big is a star placed not much different in altitude? The size of a double decker bus? Maybe we need to make much more out of how very different earth is from planets. People have been taught earth and planets are the same, stars are different. We need to be saying stars and planets are the same, earth is different ... which is obvious to anyone with a pair of eyeballs.
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.... considering that there are reports of people observing Venus throughout the night.

... and where are these to be found? In the previous 'Venus' thread? I think not...
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I imagine the response to this may be "That's ridiculous! Why is the earth flat, but the other planets around it are not? How is it so different that comparison is insufficient? It makes more sense that the Earth is round like the round planets around it."
And the response to that is "well the earth is special. It is large, it has its own sun to warm it and it is the only place we find life. It isn't like the tiny twinkling planets you see when you look up. "

If the sun is no more than 32 miles across ... how big is a star placed not much different in altitude? The size of a double decker bus? Maybe we need to make much more out of how very different earth is from planets. People have been taught earth and planets are the same, stars are different. We need to be saying stars and planets are the same, earth is different ... which is obvious to anyone with a pair of eyeballs.

It depends on what you want an FAQ to be. Usually they are used to blunt an onslaught of common questions from being asked over and over again in a short, terse manner. You can always link off to a more in depth examination. But an FAQ should weed out a bunch.

I think what people get from school and media is that we learn there are 3 things out there: Planets, of which earth is one, moons that are 'attached' to planets, and stars, of which the sun is one. That's kinda the core belief system. Then with FET you kind of get four, the 4th being earth. I don't think it's a leap from there to make a case that earth is fundamentally different from the other 3, hence the insufficient comparison. Easy explanation, to your point Thork, it's the only place we find life. Doesn't get more fundamentally different than that.

So my point is that if the fundamental difference(s) are not already known to the reader, there's not much more you can say to convince them otherwise.

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Here is an answer to that question:

Q. If the planets are round, why isn't the earth?

A. The earth is not a planet. The earth very large and unlike the characteristics of the wandering stars called "planets" in numerous ways. This is like asking why basketballs are round, but not the basketball court. The basketball court is a fundamentally different kind of entity than the small balls which may bounce upon its surface.

Surely if you're going to rely on that answer, you should have proof of the flatness of the court, beyond "It's obvious it's flat" ?
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Surely if you're going to rely on that answer, you should have proof of the flatness of the court, beyond "It's obvious it's flat" ?
No. The spirit of the question is "I know a few objects which are round, so why isn't this other object round?" Going into any more detail than pointing out the flawed proof by induction would be counter-productive.
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Here is an answer to that question:

Q. If the planets are round, why isn't the earth?

A. The earth is not a planet. The earth very large and unlike the characteristics of the wandering stars called "planets" in numerous ways. This is like asking why basketballs are round, but not the basketball court. The basketball court is a fundamentally different kind of entity than the small balls which may bounce upon its surface.
Why is that question asked so much? I mean come on it is not reliable to the Earth and should not be a question, it’s an annoyance
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Here is an answer to that question:

Q. If the planets are round, why isn't the earth?

A. The earth is not a planet. The earth very large and unlike the characteristics of the wandering stars called "planets" in numerous ways. This is like asking why basketballs are round, but not the basketball court. The basketball court is a fundamentally different kind of entity than the small balls which may bounce upon its surface.
Why is that question asked so much? I mean come on it is not reliable to the Earth and should not be a question, it’s an annoyance
It's an obvious question because we are all brought up being taught that there are 8 (when I were a lad it was 9) planets in the solar system and the earth is just one of them.
If that is true then why would earth be different?
The FE response has to explain why mainstream science has got it wrong and what evidence there is that the earth is indeed special - as the ancients believed and modern science has come to conclude is not true.
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Here is an answer to that question:

Q. If the planets are round, why isn't the earth?

A. The earth is not a planet. The earth very large and unlike the characteristics of the wandering stars called "planets" in numerous ways. This is like asking why basketballs are round, but not the basketball court. The basketball court is a fundamentally different kind of entity than the small balls which may bounce upon its surface.
Yes, more evidence to show that the Flat Earth theory is considered an important and controversial topic.
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While you’re at it, you may want to fix this one:

Size and Magnitude

Q. How big are the planets in the FE model?

A. Pretty small.

The answer is, well, lame.

Proposed answer:

A. Flat Earth researchers have estimated the sun to be at about 3000 miles above the surface of the earth, with the stars and planets at about 100 miles above that. Further research has concluded that the diameter of the celestial bodies above Earth are as follows:

Sun      =   32 miles
Moon           =   32 miles
Mercury   =   ?
Venus   =   ?
Mars           =   ?
Jupiter   =   ?
Saturn   =   ?
Uranus   =   ?
Neptune   =   ?


I couldn’t find anything in the wiki or in threads that speaks to the planets sizes.
I have performed a hard math experiment which anyone can perform and the Sun does not compute to 3000 miles.

I am a flat earth researcher.