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Date: 06/06/13 01:39 PM

17 Responses to Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    June 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    Link: Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders - The longest, straightest, boringest border in the world.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Canada should start building a fence soon.

    By the way, according to Jeremy Clarkson, puffins are delicious.
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    DromEd Male 40-49
    1945 posts
    June 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    Seems invading Canada would have been easier.
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    Zinabas Male 18-29
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    June 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm
    see this is why politicians should just be killed when they decide they`re going to be a politician... turning a straight line into 8000 line segments all in the name of... greed I guess, that extra 4 acres of forest got me another 5 cents when I sold it to some pioneer
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
    2228 posts
    June 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm
    I think it was the late great Canadian Molly Ivins who said, "Living next to the US is like being neighbors with the Simpsons," to which I say...Yeah you`re probably right. But If we`re the Simpsons, then that means Canadians are:



    That`s right Canada, embrace your inner Flanders.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm
    see this is why politicians should just be killed when they decide they`re going to be a politician... turning a straight line into 8000 line segments all in the name of... greed I guess, that extra 4 acres of forest got me another 5 cents when I sold it to some pioneer

    The reason was clearly and much more plausibly explained in the video - it was impossible to mark a straight line thousands of miles long in that terrain on the earth before GPS existed.

    Well, I suppose it was theoretically possible, but they would have had to cut down or through everything more than a few feet high. Trees, hills, ridges, *everything*.

    Without GPS, you can only draw a straight line using line of sight, so you would have to cut down or through *everything* that blocked line of sight. Even then, it wouldn`t be exactly straight - there would be some deviation between sighting points, so you`d get thousands of line segments anyway.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14653 posts
    June 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm
    Same difference. It`s not like they`re Mexicans
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    handimanner Male 60-69
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    June 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm
    Molly Ivins was Texan which, of course, is a different country.
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
    2228 posts
    June 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm
    Handimanner, well they`re forever telling the rest of us that aren`t they? Besides Molly Ivins had too much good sense to be a Texan....
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    June 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm
    QueenZira,

    Hi Diddly-Ho Neighbourinos!


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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    June 7, 2013 at 9:35 am
    The cut line is quite interesting. Apparently a drone flies from Manitoba west to the coast, every day. I guess there`s a good number of people sneaking drugs across uncontrolled border crossings.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 7, 2013 at 9:41 am
    Without GPS, you can only draw a straight line using line of sight
    Not exactly. I did a few transects for my undergrad honours class (even though I detest field work), and using low-tech equipment such as a compass, it is extremely difficult, especially in thick trees to make a straight line, even one that isn`t very long.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    7064 posts
    June 7, 2013 at 11:04 am
    If you are going to have the longest border in the world then having it with Canada is a lucky break.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    June 7, 2013 at 11:08 am
    Gerry,

    Jeremy Clarkson is a toad with only one redeeming feature; he once punched Piers Morgan. Actually, that counts for a lot, so basically a good egg.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33124 posts
    June 7, 2013 at 11:14 am
    @patchy: The drone is really new. It`s mostly there for training. Several American border crossings (into Manitoba) double as training stations also.

    There`s a road made out of a lot of it! Some fellow made a Documentary about riding his bicycle across it. It was surprisingly interesting!
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
    2871 posts
    June 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    i fell asleep.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 12:51 am
    DromEd. Your team tried that in 1812. Our guys kicked you out and burned the White House. No offense.

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