I read the math explanation. Makes sense. Don’t like it.

The Rope Around The Earth Problem

Take a rope tied tautly around a basketball. Now the rope must be lengthened so that there is a one foot gap between the ball and the rope at all points, as if the rope is hovering a foot away around the entirety of the ball. How much must the rope be lengthened to accomplish this? 6.28 Feet.

Now take a rope around tied tautly around the equator of the earth. We have the same goal for the one foot hovering gap around the entirety of the earth. How far must the rope be lengthened? 6.28 Feet.