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Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:12:05 pm »

I had a thought and I really want / need some outside feedback on it, and I think there isn't really anywhere on the forum (at least that I could find) that would be the appropriate place for a conversation like this, so I made a new thread.
If you have any questions feel free to ask them here and we can discuss it.

anyways, here's my question.

If something happens in a part of the world where it's already tomorrow, and it's such a big event that it makes world news / is written in the history books here in america, would it be written as having happened on the day that it is there, or the day that it is here?
For example, if aliens landed in Australia right now, would Americans write it as
"Aliens visited earth on March 2nd 2012" or as "Aliens visited earth on March 1st 2012"
Because I think writing that it happened tomorrow might confuse the stupid masses into thinking it hasn't happened yet. Your input?
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2012, 08:30:38 pm »

If warm air rises, why is it colder at higher altitudes?
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012, 03:49:13 pm »

I had a thought and I really want / need some outside feedback on it, and I think there isn't really anywhere on the forum (at least that I could find) that would be the appropriate place for a conversation like this, so I made a new thread.
If you have any questions feel free to ask them here and we can discuss it.

anyways, here's my question.

If something happens in a part of the world where it's already tomorrow, and it's such a big event that it makes world news / is written in the history books here in america, would it be written as having happened on the day that it is there, or the day that it is here?
For example, if aliens landed in Australia right now, would Americans write it as
"Aliens visited earth on March 2nd 2012" or as "Aliens visited earth on March 1st 2012"
Because I think writing that it happened tomorrow might confuse the stupid masses into thinking it hasn't happened yet. Your input?

I think whatever day it was in the timezone it happened in. Generally speaking, you're not going to have history books written in such a timeframe that it appearing not to have happened yet is an issue, and news broadcasts would generally not mention the date, just that it happened 'a few hours ago' or whichever.

If warm air rises, why is it colder at higher altitudes?

At higher altitudes, air radiates heat faster than new heat energy can arrive on the next batch of warm air.

My question, though you need a good deal of physics as well:

If the centre of the Earth is molten iron and nickel, how does it have the aligned crystalline domains necessary to create its magnetic field?

(I asked my high school physics teacher this at a red light while he was driving myself and a few other students to a lecture at a university, he forgot to go after the light was green for a few seconds.)
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012, 04:09:26 pm »

I don't know enough about physics to answer that, but I have another question!

Are midgets allowed to play major league Baseball?
Since the strike zone is made per player, and is based on the distance between their knees and elbows, a midget would have a very small strike zone, meaning the pitcher would need near perfect accuracy or else every pitch would be a ball.
knowing this you'd think some teams would have midgets for when they need that extra walk, But to my knowledge there aren't any midgets on any baseball teams.  It would seem discriminatory to not allow them to play.
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2012, 04:11:01 pm »

Are we human, or are we dancers?

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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2012, 04:39:54 pm »

Can an orange crush?

No but really, what would happen in 100~250 years from now, would our kids fail at what we maintain today?
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2012, 04:47:03 pm »

Can an orange crush?

No but really, what would happen in 100~250 years from now, would our kids fail at what we maintain today?

Are you saying in the same sense that most of us couldn't cultivate a field, spin thread from raw cotton, butcher and preserve a hog, etc., unlike our great-great-grandparents?

Yeah, for one I think the art of automotive mechanics is going to be lost. So many things are computer-controlled now, such that just popping the hood and tinkering around with a wrench and some WD-40 (which was a nearly ubiquitous skill in the 1950s and 1960s) isn't going to be viable. Especially as things like hybrids and electrics gain in popularity.
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2012, 04:52:14 pm »

If the centre of the Earth is molten iron and nickel, how does it have the aligned crystalline domains necessary to create its magnetic field?
Because the field isn't a result of permanent magnetic domains but instead the electrical current existing within the core. Wiki has a (very brief) discussion
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2012, 05:14:33 pm »

Are we human, or are we dancers?
Not only are we dancers, we're disco dancers.
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2012, 05:42:25 pm »

If i am a banana, what are everyone else then?
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A deeper question would be if there would be any difference if a leatherworker or a businesswoman made banana smoothie out of me? Given that i am one.
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2012, 05:58:41 pm »

Are we human, or are we dancers?
Not only are we dancers, we're disco dancers.

I agree, we are only dancers, for all of life is a stage.
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2012, 09:13:43 pm »

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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2012, 06:08:28 am »

Are we human, or are we dancers?
Not only are we dancers, we're disco dancers.

I agree, we are only dancers, for all of life is a stage.

And dancers are the only ones to inhabit stages?

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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2012, 10:24:57 am »

Where does the dust in my navel come from? Why does it hurt when I scratch the right side of my navel, but not my left?
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Re: Things to ponder / discuss (The Questions Thread)
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2012, 10:27:09 am »

Where does the dust in my navel come from? Why does it hurt when I scratch the right side of my navel, but not my left?

Clearly there's a tiny FB nesting in the right side of your navel. Beware its deadly dust!
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