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(ʎnƃ ǝɯos)   Ever dream of digging a hole straight through to the other side of the earth as a kid? Well, if it were somehow possible, the kids in tiny Rudyard, Montana would be the only ones in the U.S. who'd actually emerge on dry land   (lastbestnews.com) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-02-26 4:19:53 PM  
After a few hours on that damp, cold, windswept island with nothing but a shovel for shelter you'd wish you had drowned instead.
 
2017-02-26 4:23:40 PM  
Go to New Mexico.
 
2017-02-26 4:34:33 PM  
We once worked with a throughly horrible woman. She went on vacation to New Zealand, and while she was there, we had a "Susan's on the other side of the world" party. It was fun.
 
2017-02-26 4:34:58 PM  

BalugaJoe: Go to New Mexico.


The story is talking about the United States.

//Yeah. I know. JK
 
2017-02-26 4:48:50 PM  
If I could walk directly south from my backyard and keep going, I would eventually walk straight onto Easter Island.
 
2017-02-26 4:55:55 PM  

kimwim: We once worked with a throughly horrible woman. She went on vacation to New Zealand, and while she was there, we had a "Susan's on the other side of the world" party. It was fun.


You were in Spain?
 
2017-02-26 5:03:53 PM  
This one goes to China

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2017-02-26 5:11:34 PM  

mjjt: kimwim: We once worked with a throughly horrible woman. She went on vacation to New Zealand, and while she was there, we had a "Susan's on the other side of the world" party. It was fun.

You were in Spain?


No, but it was the closest we could get at the time.
 
2017-02-26 5:21:32 PM  
Mommy, mommy, I don't want to go to China...
 
2017-02-26 6:18:47 PM  
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2017-02-26 6:19:57 PM  

mjjt: This one goes to China

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The building that was on it sure did.
 
2017-02-26 6:33:21 PM  
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2017-02-26 7:54:03 PM  
Map showing where you'd pop out:

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2017-02-26 7:55:42 PM  

lindalouwho: mjjt: This one goes to China

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The building that was on it sure did.


If I remember this one correctly the two kids did also : (
 
2017-02-26 8:04:30 PM  

patowen: Map showing where you'd pop out:

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OMG, I would pop out where MS370 is lying on the bottom of the sea.

/ Alert CNN!
 
2017-02-26 8:10:37 PM  
I'm glad I quit digging before I hit the ocean.
 
2017-02-26 8:12:48 PM  
I've never heard of the Kergeulen islands (talk about the middle of nowhere) antipodal to Rudyard MT.  Esoteric and interesting subby.
 
2017-02-26 8:12:57 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: If I could walk directly south from my backyard and keep going, I would eventually walk straight onto Easter Island.


Could probably do that headed north, too.

Might take a bit longer.
 
2017-02-26 8:13:16 PM  

patowen: Map showing where you'd pop out:

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There's some really incredible asymmetry there. Almost everywhere on land is opposite water.
 
2017-02-26 8:19:40 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: patowen: Map showing where you'd pop out:

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OMG, I would pop out where MS370 is lying on the bottom of the sea.

/ Alert CNN!


Are we neighbors?
 
2017-02-26 8:20:34 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: patowen: Map showing where you'd pop out:

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OMG, I would pop out where MS370 is lying on the bottom of the sea.

/ Alert CNN!


Have you checked your backyard recently?
 
2017-02-26 8:24:39 PM  

cgraves67: patowen: Map showing where you'd pop out:

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There's some really incredible asymmetry there. Almost everywhere on land is opposite water.


That's what I thought. ..then I remembered that 70% of earth's surface is ocean, so it kinda makes sense.
 
2017-02-26 8:28:59 PM  
Gravity trains don't have to go to the antipodes, but they'll get there in the same 42 minutes.

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2017-02-26 8:29:32 PM  
So what would happen when you reached the center?  Would you float?  Let's assume there's a space available where you wouldn't get melted or crushed.
 
2017-02-26 8:32:04 PM  
Great. Apparently no one building the gravity trains wants to visit America.
 
2017-02-26 8:33:17 PM  

SurelyShirley: SloppyFrenchKisser: patowen: Map showing where you'd pop out:

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OMG, I would pop out where MS370 is lying on the bottom of the sea.

/ Alert CNN!

Are we neighbors?


San Carlos, Ca
You?
 
2017-02-26 8:36:23 PM  
Don't let Captain Jack Harkness anywhere near that town.
 
2017-02-26 8:41:54 PM  

Ferk-dat-Shert: cgraves67: patowen: Map showing where you'd pop out:

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There's some really incredible asymmetry there. Almost everywhere on land is opposite water.

That's what I thought. ..then I remembered that 70% of earth's surface is ocean, so it kinda makes sense.


It's the kind of thing that makes you wonder if there's any significance to this information. Suppose that you had a randomly generated planet whose land: water ratio was equal to that of Earth's. Assuming land appears in random locations and generally in large amounts (say 5% of individual land masses were required to contain 90%of overall land area), what percentage of overall land area would be expected to overlap with land directly across the planet? What could deviation from our own planet's data tell us about Earth's history? Would that deviation from a random distribution tell us what isn't random about Earth's inner workings?

It's a fun thing to ponder.
 
2017-02-26 8:44:01 PM  

gnosis301: So what would happen when you reached the center?  Would you float?


We all float down here.
 
2017-02-26 8:48:31 PM  
Kerguelen also stars in Biggles' Second Case, which is about a rogue Nazi sub after the end of WWII.

// they didn't have the Hardy Boys in Australia when I was a kid.
 
2017-02-26 8:48:47 PM  

Running Wild: Ferk-dat-Shert: cgraves67: patowen: Map showing where you'd pop out:

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There's some really incredible asymmetry there. Almost everywhere on land is opposite water.

That's what I thought. ..then I remembered that 70% of earth's surface is ocean, so it kinda makes sense.

It's the kind of thing that makes you wonder if there's any significance to this information. Suppose that you had a randomly generated planet whose land: water ratio was equal to that of Earth's. Assuming land appears in random locations and generally in large amounts (say 5% of individual land masses were required to contain 90%of overall land area), what percentage of overall land area would be expected to overlap with land directly across the planet? What could deviation from our own planet's data tell us about Earth's history? Would that deviation from a random distribution tell us what isn't random about Earth's inner workings?

It's a fun thing to ponder.


I'm sure there are some spatial statistics guys who work in earth sciences who could run a few million simulations on Winbugs or something and come up with a distribution curve for percent antipodal land overlap given terrestrial planetary conditions similar to Earth. Hell, they could work that into the next procedurally generated space game or Minecraft clone, if they include enough parameters for proper biodiversity.
 
2017-02-26 8:55:21 PM  
My old man used our hole to dispose of some rubble :(
Heavy clay, managed 50 cm wide and 1.25 deep before he found it down the side of the house.
 
2017-02-26 9:00:11 PM  

ZAZ: After a few hours on that damp, cold, windswept island with nothing but a shovel for shelter you'd wish you had drowned instead.


Yeah, but then you realize a cold, windswept island still better than being stuck in Montana.
 
2017-02-26 9:06:05 PM  

netringer: BalugaJoe: Go to New Mexico.

The story is talking about the United States.

//Yeah. I know. JK


i have a true story about this, but am on phone.
 
2017-02-26 9:10:39 PM  

netringer: BalugaJoe: Go to New Mexico.

The story is talking about the United States.

//Yeah. I know. JK


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2017-02-26 9:13:34 PM  

gnosis301: So what would happen when you reached the center?  Would you float?  Let's assume there's a space available where you wouldn't get melted or crushed.


don't be dense
 
2017-02-26 9:17:16 PM  
No.. but I have always dreamed of digging a huge secret sub-basement to be a secret underground lair/recording studio.
 
2017-02-26 9:22:33 PM  

ZAZ: After a few hours on that damp, cold, windswept island with nothing but a shovel for shelter you'd wish you had drowned instead.


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A shovel? You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!
 
2017-02-26 9:24:50 PM  
That would be embarrassing if you drilled far enough down with a bit of infinite length (that could handle the stress of the hot core of the earth) and then you hit water in the floor of the ocean on the other side.
First, you'd cool off the core, which probably wouldn't be good, then you'd sort of drain the ocean, which would be bad, then you'd flood where you are, which would be really bad.

Had some plumbing issues today in my bathroom, so this sort of imagery is on my mind.
 
2017-02-26 9:25:18 PM  

hogans: Don't let Captain Jack Harkness anywhere near that town.


Why is it because he'll ask a lady home and go down on her?

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2017-02-26 9:26:00 PM  

fusillade762: Mommy, mommy, I don't want to go to China...


Shut up and put your other foot in the CARE package.
 
2017-02-26 9:26:08 PM  
Nice bit of brain stimulation.  I actually spent a couple of years (as a toddler) in a tiny unincorporated town that is an antipode to a different one of the Kerguelen Islands according to TFA map.  I think the family farm of a B-i-L may be an antipode to the main island as well (or at least close off-shore).

I do hate to break TFA's provincial tone about the article but it appears that most of Kerguelen Is. is an antipode of SE Alberta -- including the "big city," Port-aux-Francais.   Let's not keep our Canukistani brethren from enjoying this bit of interesting trivia either.
 
2017-02-26 9:29:51 PM  
They kinda forgot about Hawai'i, that whole state winds up in Africa.
 
2017-02-26 9:30:08 PM  

Mole Man: hogans: Don't let Captain Jack Harkness anywhere near that town.

Why is it because he'll ask a lady home and go down on her?

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I guess you didn't watch Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Lucky you.
 
2017-02-26 9:33:03 PM  

dennysgod: They kinda forgot about Hawai'i, that whole state winds up in Africa.


Continental US I belive,

But I'm with you.

Let's all EmaIL bomb the author!
 
2017-02-26 9:36:53 PM  

Truck Fump: Kerguelen also stars in Biggles' Second Case, which is about a rogue Nazi sub after the end of WWII.

// they didn't have the Hardy Boys in Australia when I was a kid.


The Kurguelen Islands remain on the top of my "Places to bug out to/take over in the event of a zombie apocalypse".
 
2017-02-26 10:00:45 PM  

bingo the psych-o: ZAZ: After a few hours on that damp, cold, windswept island with nothing but a shovel for shelter you'd wish you had drowned instead.

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A shovel? You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!


I've  seen that skit.
 
2017-02-26 10:04:11 PM  
After slogging through hot molten core I think I'd welcome some cooling water.
 
2017-02-26 10:11:49 PM  
Just keep digging, just keep digging....
 
2017-02-26 10:29:26 PM  
 
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