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Sahir Shibley
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is flat.
Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Sahir Shibley:
is flat.
NO! Its sausage shaped!
Arjun Shastry
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Hello Sahir Saab,How are you?Salam Waliqoom!!Came on the scene after long time.Late Happy ID.
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Jeroen Wenting
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According to one reputable source the earth is banana shaped.
According to another it's round, just like a pancake.
Both are sources I trust greatly, but their statements seem contradictory.
How to find out a way to either disprove one or the other or better yet a way to consolidate both statements?


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Varun Khanna
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Originally posted by Sahir Shibley:
is flat.

2 BHK or 3 BHK ?


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Paul Stevens
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It is disc carried by elephants flying through space on a giant turtle.
Damien Howard
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ahh so you have read Terry Pratchett's history books as well.
Bert Bates
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what's the turtle standing on?


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Originally posted by Bert Bates:
what's the turtle standing on?

It's turtles all the way down!


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Gail Mikels
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Originally posted by Sahir Shibley:
is flat.

You must be from the mid-west.


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Bela Bardak
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
According to one reputable source the earth is banana shaped.
According to another it's round, just like a pancake.
Both are sources I trust greatly, but their statements seem contradictory.
How to find out a way to either disprove one or the other or better yet a way to consolidate both statements?

I think it's clear enough, Jerome. The world is a banana-nut pancake!
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Elaine Micheals:
You must be from the mid-west.

Is it not flat in far east


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Donald R. Cossitt
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what's the turtle standing on?

Archimedes' lever! :roll:


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Bert Bates
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Thomas,
Sara Jahan
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Originally posted by Sahir Shibley:
is flat.

Thank God, I was never comfortable with the idea of me sticking out of a sphere!!
Thomas Paul
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For those who didn't get the reference that Bert and I were alluding to:

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.
At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise."
The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?"
"You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down."

[ February 03, 2004: Message edited by: Thomas Paul ]
Richard Hawkes
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The pankake has been rolled, that's the answer. Now we just need to work out the filling...I think that's where the banana comes into play.
Damien Howard
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the turtle stands on nothing, it travels around the galaxy swims through space.
HS Thomas
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Originally posted by Richard Hawkes:
The pankake has been rolled, that's the answer. Now we just need to work out the filling...I think that's where the banana comes into play.

The Indiana banana.
A paw-paw shaped earth.
[ February 03, 2004: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
For those who didn't get the reference that Bert and I were alluding to:

I read that joke in one of Hawkins book.
But question remains same ... if its round then who is supporting it ??
Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by R K Singh:
But question remains same ... if its round then who is supporting it ??

Isaac Newton.
Arjun Shastry
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I think it is by Nicolas Copernicus
Jeroen Wenting
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hmm, yes. I'd forgotten all about the turtle.
So now we've been able to couple the pancake and banana theories, but where does this fit in with the turtle theory (which specifically states the earth being flat and roughly circular, so not banana shaped).
The only thing I could think of is that either the turtle or the elephants have a craving for bananas, but who is going to feed them and what will happen when they do (I know it will likely be Rincewind ending up doing it )?
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Ashok Mash
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Originally posted by R K Singh:

... if its round then who is supporting it ??

Earth is suspended from heaven, by a thread, and its in the north pole.
Santa Claus uses the same thread to climb down to Earth around Christmas, and since he and his little people are afraid of us humans climbing up the thread and invading them, releasing his workers from slave labor, bringing in democracy, Hollywood, curry and Jerry Springer, they have kept it as a secret and made up a story about reindeers and all that. Think about it, how many flying reindeers have you seen so far?


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Bela Bardak
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
hmm, yes. I'd forgotten all about the turtle.
So now we've been able to couple the pancake and banana theories, but where does this fit in with the turtle theory (which specifically states the earth being flat and roughly circular, so not banana shaped).
The only thing I could think of is that either the turtle or the elephants have a craving for bananas, but who is going to feed them and what will happen when they do (I know it will likely be Rincewind ending up doing it )?
The Turtle Moves!

No, No, No! It's very simple. The banana-nut pancake rests on the back of a giant turtle which rests on the backs of other giant turtles, ad infinitum.
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On a related note:
Big bugs have smaller bugs
Upon their backs to bite 'em
And smaller bugs have smaller still
And so ad infinitum

And on yet another related item,
What if a book's index referred to itself? Could you create Xeno's index?
Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by Bert Bates:
What if a book's index referred to itself? Could you create Xeno's index?

Should the "Table of COntents" be listed in the "Table of Contents"?
Gregg Bolinger
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I thought Atlas held the world on his back. Zues made him do it for leading the Titans into battle.
But then the question poses, what did Atlas stand on? Oh, probably the turtles.


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Sadanand Murthy
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Originally posted by Ashok Mash:

Earth is suspended from heaven, by a thread, and its in the north pole.
Santa Claus uses the same thread to climb down to Earth around Christmas, and since he and his little people are afraid of us humans climbing up the thread and invading them, releasing his workers from slave labor, bringing in democracy, Hollywood, curry and Jerry Springer, they have kept it as a secret and made up a story about reindeers and all that. Think about it, how many flying reindeers have you seen so far?

Not 1 thread. There are many. Earth is multi-threaded & probably designed using OO Concepts. The turtle also was introduced later to add a new functinality - earthquake; whenever the turtle gets tired & tries to shift the weight we have an earthquake.


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Sadanand Murthy
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Originally posted by Ashok Mash:

Santa Claus uses the same thread to climb down to Earth around Christmas, and since he and his little people are afraid of us humans climbing up the thread and invading them, releasing his workers from slave labor, ...

You forgot to mention 'outsourcing to India'
Damien Howard
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Anyone who doubts the existance of the giant turtle will be fed to the luggage. I have spoken, let it be done.
Sameer Jamal
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What is earth
Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by Damien Howard:
Anyone who doubts the existance of the giant turtle will be fed to the luggage. I have spoken, let it be done.

The Turtle Moves!
Great A'Tuin swims through the voids of space.
If we knew the sex of Great A'Tuin we might know what awaits the world (no further spoilers, read the books...).
Paul Stevens
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:

The Turtle Moves!
Great A'Tuin swims through the voids of space.
If we knew the sex of Great A'Tuin we might know what awaits the world (no further spoilers, read the books...).

 
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