Around World - A Round World


Posted on : 10/11/2012 07:00:00 AM | By : Dann | In : ,

A small curiosity that I found on Columbus Day.  Most people of Columbus' day did not believe the world was flat.

Historians say there is no doubt that the educated in Columbus’s day knew quite well that the Earth was not flat but round. In fact, this was known many centuries earlier.

As early as the sixth century B.C., Pythagoras — and later Aristotle and Euclid — wrote about the Earth as a sphere. Ptolemy wrote “Geography” at the height of the Roman Empire, 1,300 years before Columbus sailed, and considered the idea of a round planet as fact.

“Geography” became a standard reference, and Columbus himself owned a copy. For him, the big question was not the shape of the Earth but the size of the ocean he wanted to cross.
Which is quite different from the rhetorical cudgel that gets used these days when one dissents from a majority point of view.

Skateboarder vs. Deer?


Posted on : 10/10/2012 07:00:00 AM | By : Dann | In :

About 30 years ago, I would have been very interested in this sport.  Although I would have worn elbow and knee pads.

I also would have glued deer horns on my helmet to reduce the chances of this happening. And yes, I read the article.  I don't care what it says.  Every time I've had deer horns installed, the deer have frozen in place until I passed.

Other things happen when the horns are not installed.