In order to explain how earth’s atmosphere sticks to its surface while the earth spins, globe defenders use this illustration:
Inside a moving train, throw a ball up in the air. Does the ball fly to the back of the car? No it does not! It falls back into your hand! Checkmate, Flat Earth!
Other variations of this include hopping while on a moving train and throwing a ball inside a moving car.
As delightful as these scenarios are, they do nothing to explain how earth’s atmosphere would be velcroed down as the earth spins 1,040 mph.
My favorite, and most succinct, response to this comes from @FriePresseDK on Twitter. He wrote, “A train car has walls that push the air along with it, next”
He dismisses this very simply, as it ought to be done. And while I can’t add to his elegance, I’ll say that I don’t know why globers think we are inside the earth. You would have to be inside earth for your ball analogy to work. For this to be analogous to the globe model, you would have to be on top of the train, and toss your ball.
Or better yet, stand on the wing of a Concorde jet flying 1,040 mph, and toss your ball.