Monday, 13 November 2017

Earthly Science - Facts you should know.

Today's lesson is about the most important planet in the universe - the earth.

Just think about it. Why is the earth the most important planet in the universe? Simple. If there were no earth we would all be flying through space and bumping into each other. This would make dating very difficult, as well as meeting a partner in life, and having children. All you would have is a lot of people floating through space and no sooner you meet someone you might like that person would have flown away bumping their head into someone else.

With the existence of the earth we can all have our feet firmly planted on terra firma, (or is it terra cotta?) and feel safe once more. The presence of the earth is like having a tree in your garden. It is comforting. Imagine placing a ladder against a tree and climbing to the top. If the tree was not there then you would be climbing up the ladder and finding nothing.

Years ago, people wondered how big the earth really is. They saw the moon at night and deduced that it was smaller than the earth. They believed that the moon was no larger than a few feet in diameter and had completely not taken into account that distance made it look small. On the same principle they believed that the stars were no bigger than a couple of millimetres in diameter.

So these ancient people decided to measure the earth. They quite rightly deduced that the largest part of the earth would be in the equator; because they had noticed that as some people get a little (or much) overweight, usually the area that is the largest is around the middle - near the belly button. So they bought a very long measuring tape and started measuring the earth, at the equator, six metres at a time. This task took too long, putting the tape on the ground, measuring its length, marking the spot, moving the tape over and measuring once again, and adding it all up. Unfortunately, this task was never completed because they reached the sea and many of the people measuring the earth drowned in the process.

It wasn't until many years later, at the time of Galileo in Italy, that a pizza salesman discovered that the earth's circumference, at its largest point around the equator, is just under 25,000 miles. Apparently he had read it in a book somewhere.

Now that fact is important - remember it. Around the equator, the earth's circumference is just under 25,000 miles - let's call it 24,000 miles.

Since we know that the earth goes round a whole revolution, from left to right, in one day, then it is right to assume that if I stood at the equator facing East, I would be travelling at 1000 miles and hour: 24,000 miles divided by 24 hours = 1,000 miles an hour. In fact, it is faster than that because as we said earlier, the circumference is just under 25,000 miles.

At that speed my wig would fly off. As I do not wear a wig, then my hat would fly off. And any lady standing there wearing a dress or skirt would have her own Marilyn Monroe moment.

And if I stood at the North pole, right at the top of the world, I would spin round ever so slowly and get back to the original point where I started in 24 hours - and I'd be very tired standing all this time without a toilet break.

However, if I stood at the South pole, right at the bottom of the world, all the blood would rush to my head because I would be upside down.

And if I were in Australia I would always celebrate the New Year first and all the fireworks seen on TV would show that country before all others.

Hence the saying: Do not worry about tomorrow. Because tomorrow has already happened in Australia.

And the saying: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And if you want to keep everyone away try garlic.

More lessons for your education and edification and without obfuscation here soon.
 
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10 comments:

  1. I think Job talked about 'things to lofty for me to attain.' Or something like that.

    I think that would include this post, Victor!

    I'm just grateful to walk around on two feet and trust that God will keep the world spinning away ...

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    1. Hi Linda,

      I understand the reason we can walk around the world on two feet is because we have a magnetic field in our feet which makes us stick to the ground we walk on. Otherwise, without this magnetic feet thing we would just float away.

      I remember dating a girl years ago with a magnetic personality. Whenever we entered the kitchen all the spoons, knives and forks stuck to her.

      God bless.

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  2. Thanks, Victor, for this much needed chuckle. Love your take on the "world." :)
    Blessings!

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    1. It's great to see you visiting me again, Martha. Thank you.

      All the scientific and history facts I publish here are 100% accurate and true. I research them all in learned papers which I have written myself.

      God bless you and yours.

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  3. Great reminders Victors of who created the earth and keeps it turning on nothing...He needs no pole, string, no hands, it turns out of love..

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    1. Well said, Betty. It's great to see you visiting me again. Thanx.

      God bless.

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    1. Thank you, Brian. Although I can't understand why on the equator I am travelling at 1000 miles an hour; yet on the North/South Pole I do a whole revolution in one day. It's easier imagining it by using a bicycle wheel, I suppose.

      God bless.

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  5. You MUST be the KING of Loose Association! So entertaining to try and keep up!
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment, Lulu. As long as I make people smile, that's my reward.

      God bless you m,y friend.

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