Antipodean Antics

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By pgn
@pgntwo (21546)
Derry, Northern Ireland
May 18, 2017 5:30pm CST
I decided that Gibraltar is strategically important for one simple reason: if you went straight through the earth from the Rock of Gibraltar, you'd emerge about 50 miles away from Auckland, New Zealand. Not a lot of people know that! WolframAlpha helped me to reach this conclusion:
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19 May 17
But if we dig down enough in England we still get to both China and Australia, right? Please don't tell me I was lied to in childhood. :)
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
Starting in Greenwich, you'd end up several hundred miles south east of South Island...
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19 May 17
@pgntwo Hmmm, so I would drown? The adults were trying to kill me!?
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
@Poppylicious Alas, t'would appear so. Tricksy or what? If you started in Buenos Aires, you'd come out in China...
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@topffer (33147)
• France
19 May 17
I reversed the problem, and the antipode of Auckland is near Ronda, not far from Malaga. Maybe an agreement might be find with Spain to exchange the two places, as admiral Rooke missed something in his calculations in 1704 ? Thank you for the link.
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
WolframAlpha view of MyLot.com [Alexa mainly!]
You could be onto something there. It's handy for watching website rankings too ;)
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@xFiacre (4226)
• Ireland
18 May 17
@pgntwo perhaps this is why the Kiwis are building an impenetrable steel plate underneath themselves - afraid of illegal immigrants.
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
Magnets. It's to give the Kiwis something to stop their houses moving around in the earthquakes...
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@LadyDuck (146740)
• Switzerland
19 May 17
The antipode of my native city (Milan, Italy) is not at all interesting, it's in the middle of the ocean, east of New Zealand, not very far from the antipode of the place where I live here in Switzerland.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 May 17
You should have left your image a bit bigger so I could decide whether I wanted to take the time to look at your link. Yesterday, when I left mylot to look at a link it screwed my page up and it took me a lot of time to get it back where I want it to be. Not that I expect that to happen each and every time, but since I don't know why it did it in the first place I don't want to run into it again so soon. When are you starting your dig?: If you flew to New Zealand or took a cruise how long would either of those take? I think it would be less time consuming and probably a lot less money for you to go one of those routes rather than dig your way through, lol.
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
Ok, I have changed it to give you a flavour of the app...
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
@MarshaMusselman I put up a picture of the WolframAlpha home page on a smartphone (they do have an app also).
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• Midland, Michigan
19 May 17
@pgntwo I don't have a smartphone and my tablet is loaded and no more room for apps unless I end up removing a game I've played on it for the past two years. I'd have to look at it on my desktop computer.
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• United States
19 May 17
Yes Michael Caine..not a lot of people know that. I know I didn't haha
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
You spotted that, many passed it by...
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• United States
19 May 17
@pgntwo I did PGN, did you know I met him? I went to his autobiography book signing and he spoke so sweetly to me. I shall never forget it.
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
@TiarasOceanView That's a claim to fame. He always strikes me as being gruff, short-tempered even, when on chat shows. Just his way, I guess. He was on a show recently alongside Morgan Freeman, who appeared a lot more laid-back...
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@DaddyEvil (23490)
• Aurora, Missouri
23 May
Hmmm... I may be missing something here, pgn, so I am just going to ask... What use is that app? I am not really interested in what lies directly opposite my current position on this planet, so...?
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
23 May
It is a Computational Engine, so is good for myriad other things than just what lies 180degrees around the globe from you. I think in the US, it can show you what aircraft are traversing the airspace overhead your neighborhood at a point in time, but that bit of it does not work here. I have yet to figure out how to get it to name the 14 or so countries that touch or span the Equator, though.
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
24 May
@DaddyEvil Variety is the spice of life, after all
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@DaddyEvil (23490)
• Aurora, Missouri
26 May
@pgntwo I thought adding a couple of extra people in your bed was the spicy part of life, pgn? Isn't it crazy how you can think you know a saying, think you know exactly what it means and then some young whippersnapper comes along and tells you you are wrong! SMH!
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@rebelann (38741)
• El Paso, Texas
24 May
And most likely charred to a crisp if anything were left ........... it's hot in the center of the earth.
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
24 May
A minor detail. By the time you reached the center, having fallen about 4000miles, you'd be travelling so fast the wind would cool you down ;) The trick would be stopping as you emerge at the other side, about 8000miles from your entry point in Gibraltar, travelling at terminal velocity (approx 130mph in air). See, we're geniuses!
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@rebelann (38741)
• El Paso, Texas
24 May
Wind?? Hot Air?? @pgntwo I'm thinking there ain't no wind down there so what'll cool ya off considerin goin that fast'll cause friction and then watt.......... I'd be a hot momma for sure, right?
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
25 May
@rebelann Got that right!
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@valmnz (12465)
• New Zealand
20 May
And from where I live in New Zealand I'd come out near San Martin de Valdeigiesias in Spain. I'm ignoring your and @xFiacre 's comments about New Zealand below!
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
20 May
I suppose velcro would stop the sheep shaking too much during the tremors...
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@valmnz (12465)
• New Zealand
20 May
@pgntwo n, it's the cows you want to be worried about - they start giving milk shakes.
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
20 May
@valmnz Or butter
@YrNemo (11135)
23 May
Since the Rock of Gibraltar is believed to be very firm & solid, no chance of digging down from there to get to Auckland I guess?
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
23 May
I think the Rock is really the cap or lid on a tunnel from Auckland... The lid is needed to keep the sheep from escaping!
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@YrNemo (11135)
23 May
@pgntwo Thanks for giving me a few good laughs.
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• United States
24 May
Wow that is so geographically cool and correct ! thanks you for sharing
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
25 May
You are welcome!
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
24 May
Can it tell us what's on the other side of the world from where we live? I think that would be interesting!
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
25 May
Just replace "Gibraltar" in the link with the name of the city where you live - try it, it is fun!
@BettyB (4222)
• Summerville, South Carolina
21 May
I've never looked up any Antipodes. It would be fun to know what's on the other side.
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
21 May
The link in my post above takes you to the dialog box for WolframAlpha, where you can explore what is on the other side of the globe from any major city until you bore of the search ;)
@prashu228 (25821)
• India
18 May 17
Good piece of information, I never knew about this. Completely new thing, I will try to find out more
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@pgntwo (21546)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 May 17
Hours of fun and frustration lie ahead of you ;)