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Date: 01/20/14 07:13 AM

26 Responses to The World Doesn`t Look Like You`ve Been Told

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    caper454 Female 70 & Over
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    January 20, 2014 at 7:13 am
    Link: The World Doesn`t Look Like You`ve Been Told - Yet another thing we`ve been lied to about
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    January 20, 2014 at 7:52 am
    Try telling people how big the Sahara is ( about the size of the USA) and they refuse to believe you... yet another thing to thank Sir Attenborough about I guess!
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    Vligon Male 18-29
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    January 20, 2014 at 8:09 am
    I need to research this...
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    DavidXJ Male 30-39
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    January 20, 2014 at 9:09 am
    So, am I the only one that had geography maps with the "round" versions so that everything was the appropriate size? And if top and bottom are the reason for social inequality, how does this theory account for prosperous first world countries like Australia and New Zealand?
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 20, 2014 at 9:09 am
    Using the better map is a terrific idea! :-)

    Flipping it upside down is just silly... :-/
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    January 20, 2014 at 9:30 am
    DavidXJ - it`s just because they made stuff up here. That`s all. In school, we used Robinson projection for most everything, but were told Mercator is better for naval navigation.

    Madduck - No, people will believe you. It`s really not that big of a newsflash.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I loved that show. `West Wing` was great.
    P.S. Dr. Phlox rules
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 20, 2014 at 10:46 am
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    January 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

    The Peters projection better maintains area but grossly distorts the shapes of land masses. A better alternative is the
    Goode homolosine projection.

    Better yet, though, why not just use a globe?
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    Bakcagain21 Male 18-29
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    January 20, 2014 at 11:10 am
    Winkle Triple projection anyone???
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    January 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    Ah, the dangers and innacuracies of drawing a 3 dimensional world on a 2 dimensional media. Usually cannot be grasped by a 1 dimensional mind.

    And, `Social Equality`: Never gonna happen, but it`s promise will lead to the wasting of trillions of tax dollars.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    January 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm
    My Favorite Projection

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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    January 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    WTF Gerry how you, a feking irish desecndant,can`t recognize that Ireland is not not only the producer of Guinnes but also the producer of very good and fine irish wisky?
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    January 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    NZ is actually 17.5 times latger than Austrailia, but is misrepresented on all maps due to attitudes surrounding sheep world over.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    @ piperfawn - how DARE you call me "irish"! Thems fightin words! My family is from the land of Gin... England!
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    January 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm


    This map they`re using is as equally distorted as the Mercator. It`s just more politically correct, I guess? But it`s really no different.

    Quite frankly, it makes perfect sense for societies in the North hemisphere to have a map that makes the Northern Hemisphere bigger for, you know, navigational purposes.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    January 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm
    Gerry1of1...irish! Mwahahaha!
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    January 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    For Gerry
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    January 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm
    Gerry your name mean you are feking Viking! A wondeful gay irish viking that live on the opposite side of the world.
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    llaa Male 30-39
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    January 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    It may have made more sense in the past as a practical map (maps could be made smaller) for naval navigation in the northern hemisphere. Using computers and GPS it about time we teach from newer more accurate maps that are used for today`s navigation.

    Teaching from relics is another example of public schools being anachronisms of the industrial age and its about time we change the whole structure into one that creates thinkers and not route learners.

    Enterprise kicked ass, loved the Tholian web episodes.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    January 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm
    As explained by the Star Trek guy
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    reaching piper. Enlgish. The irish Higgins` got the name from their british overlords. They worked their land. Okay, I made that up but it`s pretty darn likely. My granny would slap you into next week if you called her irish.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    January 21, 2014 at 6:13 am
    I`m with OldOllie 100%. Get a goddam globe if you want no distortion. The distortion thing was explained to us when we were in grade school.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    January 21, 2014 at 6:33 am
    llaa-"Teaching from relics is another example of public schools being anachronisms of the industrial age"

    Don`t ever forget the skills of the past. You never know when you may need them.

    Case in Point: In 1998 the US Navy decided that the use of the sextant for celestial navigation was `obsolete`, so it dropped that course. In a bit of irony, the very same week they drop the course, the Global Positioning System mulfunctioned and was pretty much useless for about a week.
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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
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    January 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    Ever seen a satellite photo? What does it look like? When viewing the globe from a fixed orbit (e.g. at the equator), that`s what you`re going to get. It`s no more geopolitically motivated than physics is.
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    SavageChef Female 50-59
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    January 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    mind officially blown. going out for a bourbon or four. anyone want to come along?

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