What Shape is the Earth?

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What shape do you think the Earth is?

Flat (suspended in space)
3
8%
Flat (elephants, turtle, etc.)
4
10%
Globe (Oblate Spheroid actually)
26
65%
Square/Cube
5
13%
Other
2
5%
Don't Know
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 40

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What Shape is the Earth?

Postby 661-Pete » 5 Feb 2019, 1:18pm

Yes it's an old one - but a recent survey suggests that up to a third of 18-24yo Americans aren't quite sure....
Maybe this isn't just about a bunch of comical crackpots anymore - is it beginning to get disturbing? Suggestions as to the 'Trump' effect and attendant conspiracy-theorising (watch the video)?

Anyway, perhaps time to sound out this forum's beliefs. Be honest! (or not - as you prefer :twisted: )...

P.S. I include the "square" option as a tribute to that excellent 1960s comedy series It's A Square World....
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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby kwackers » 5 Feb 2019, 1:20pm

I've a cup here with the earth mapped to it (it goes daytime when you put hot stuff in it!).

So I'm voting 'cylindrical'.

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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby 661-Pete » 5 Feb 2019, 1:24pm

kwackers wrote:I've a cup here with the earth mapped to it (it goes daytime when you put hot stuff in it!).

So I'm voting 'cylindrical'.
Don't suppose you have a matching napkin ring, or similar toroidal shape, by any chance?

Did you know that the thorny old "Gas-Water-Electricity" puzzle can be solved on a toroidal Earth - and you can throw in a fourth utility and add a fourth house, to boot?!
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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby paddler » 5 Feb 2019, 1:32pm

661-Pete wrote:
kwackers wrote:I've a cup here with the earth mapped to it (it goes daytime when you put hot stuff in it!).

So I'm voting 'cylindrical'.
Don't suppose you have a matching napkin ring, or similar toroidal shape, by any chance?

Did you know that the thorny old "Gas-Water-Electricity" puzzle can be solved on a toroidal Earth - and you can throw in a fourth utility and add a fourth house, to boot?!


I'd forgotten all about that!

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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby roubaixtuesday » 5 Feb 2019, 1:36pm

Turtle option needs adding please.

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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby 661-Pete » 5 Feb 2019, 1:39pm

roubaixtuesday wrote:Turtle option needs adding please.

Done (whoever voted will need to re-vote).
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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby Mick F » 5 Feb 2019, 1:42pm

661-Pete wrote:P.S. I include the "square" option as a tribute to that excellent 1960s comedy series It's A Square World....
There was a cartoon strip with the Noom as a square world. Could even have pre-dated It's a Square World.

Can't remember the comic, but the alien world had a cubic moon called Noom.
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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby kwackers » 5 Feb 2019, 1:44pm

Mick F wrote:Can't remember the comic, but the alien world had a cubic moon called Noom.

Moons can have moons now; or 'moon-moon's

So would that be 'moon-noom', 'noom-moon' or 'noom-noom'?

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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby Mick F » 5 Feb 2019, 1:47pm

Can have?
Did they not always have?
Is this a new fashion?
Can we have one now? :wink:
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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby kwackers » 5 Feb 2019, 1:54pm

Mick F wrote:Can have?
Did they not always have?
Is this a new fashion?
Can we have one now? :wink:

I think nobody has seen one with one before, but apparently one of the exoplanets spotted has been shown to have a moon with a moon and so there has been some debate over what a moon's moon is called.

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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby Tangled Metal » 5 Feb 2019, 1:56pm

It's a complex shape that has roughly been equated to a slightly flattened sphere but there's such an irregular surface I'm not sure you can call it any recognised shape. But I'm probably being pedantic, petty and argumentative.

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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby kwackers » 5 Feb 2019, 1:59pm

Tangled Metal wrote:but there's such an irregular surface I'm not sure you can call it any recognised shape

Are you talking about surface irregularities?

If so then strictly speaking as a percentage of its size the irregularities would make ball bearings look rough.

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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby Oldjohnw » 5 Feb 2019, 2:24pm

It's in pretty bad shape just now.
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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 5 Feb 2019, 2:43pm

Tangled Metal wrote:It's a complex shape that has roughly been equated to a slightly flattened sphere but there's such an irregular surface I'm not sure you can call it any recognised shape. But I'm probably being pedantic, petty and argumentative.


It's an imperfect oblate spheroid - I think that covers the main discrepancies you talk about.
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Re: What Shape is the Earth?

Postby Vorpal » 5 Feb 2019, 2:51pm

Maybe like this ;)
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