“During last night’s training, an elderly couple walked up, interested in the bells. The gentleman gestured to ask, “may I?”, walked over to the 16kg, and busted out a pressed-snatch and four MPs. I smiled and said, “you’ve done this before?” In a strong accent, he responded with “I am Russian.”
After winning China’s eighth gold today, women’s table tennis coach Shi Zhihao was asked about Phelps’ achievement, or more specifically, what he thought of the fact that Chinese athletes did in one day what it took one American athlete to do in a week.
Coach Shi smiled. “It means the Americans have strong individuals, but the Chinese have a strong team.”
WHEREAS, the earth is round with a coordinate system composed entirely of circles, and
WHEREAS, flat world maps are more useful than globe maps, but flattening the globe surface necessarily greatly changes the appearance of Earth’s features and coordinate systems, and
WHEREAS, world maps have a powerful and lasting effect on peoples’ impressions of the shapes and sizes of lands and seas, their arrangement, and the nature of the coordinate system, and
WHEREAS, frequently seeing a greatly distorted map tends to make it “look right,”
THEREFORE, we strongly urge book and map publishers, the media and government agencies to cease using rectangular world maps for general purposes or artistic displays. Such maps promote serious, erroneous conceptions by severely distorting large sections of the world, by showing the round Earth as having straight edges and sharp corners, by representing most distances and direct routes incorrectly, and by portraying the circular coordinate system as a squared grid. The most widely displayed rectangular world map is the Mercator (in fact a navigational diagram devised for nautical charts), but other rectangular world maps proposed as replacements for the Mercator also display a greatly distorted image of the spherical Earth.