Is the Earth really round?

Columbus knew it: what goes around literally comes around. If you start out in any direction on this planet and don't deviate from your course, you'll wind up back where you started -- 754 roadside fast food hamburgers later. You will not fall off the edge of the Earth. But does that prove that the world is round? No, just that it's roundish. Actually it's an oblate spheroid. Say what? It's flat at both poles and sticks out a bit in the middle. Hmmm. Flat at the top, flat at the bottom, with a bulge in the middle. Sounds like my 49-year-old neighbor. He's bald and has flat feet and middle-aged spread. But hey, his wife thinks the world of him.