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Tuesday, 9 January 2007

When your world turns upside down

Thinking outside the cube.

I've had it! We've put up with it all our life.

Us Aussies, aren't going to take it any more.

We are so sick of people refering to us as ' You guys from down under '!

From now on, it's you guys from the top!

Have you ever looked at something and wondered why?

Well I'm looking at planet earth and I'm wondering why?

Why is the Northern hemisphere on the top and the southern hemisphere on the bottom?

Now don't give me rubbish about North is on top and thats they way it is, it's always been that way.

Well who made that decision? And when was it made? Did they know the earth was round? I bet not!

Do you think that little bit of extraneous information might just have made them think, mmm, hang on a moment, if the worlds round then...

If you were to travel outside the 'milky way' and peered back in this is where our solar system would be.[Hypothetically]

Now I don't know about you but I'm having a hard time seeing the sun let alone the planet earth being Northern hemisphere up.

Now the only place where the earth might have a 'upside down' is in space. Of course Paradoxically any where that the Northern Hemisphere appears on top, you could mount a pretty good arguement you're looking at the earth upside down.

This might come to some of you as rather ground breaking news but when we Aussies let go of things they fall back to earth, they dont fall 'away from earth'. Thus again, I insist Australia is Not on the bottom.

Lets look at other reasons why Australia shouldn't be on the bottom.


You know that fine game the English play, seems their cricket team is currently busy proving why England is on the bottom of the world.


Seems someone forgot to tell Aussies we're on the bottom!

Soccer, World Cup.

Australia gets beaten in the last 9 seconds of a game by the eventual world cup winners. Thats not the bottom to me!

It seems to me, if you go through countries sporting prowess, on a per capita basis it's pretty hard to fault the Aussies at most things sport wise. Which is really suprising considering Australia is supposed to be on the bottom of the world? Oh yeah base ball...

Baseball and the World Series.

Er, I dont mean to burst your bubbles, but can it really be a World series if its played between US teams?

That's right up there with the World Challenge Curling match between Norway and Saudi Arabia.

The History of depicting Australia on the bottom.

Well, it seems that since the discovery of the East coast of Australia, way back when England mattered as a World power, the draughtsman on the Endeavour that discovered the East coast of Australia wasn't drawing Australia as being on the bottom of the world.

I've come across that map drawn centurys before and it clearly shows Australia in its more correct position.

You will note the map is drawn from the correct position of on
of the South Pole

This map as drawn during the voyage of The Endeavour Captained by James Cook.

Yes, that's Australia (circled in red) people and It's on top.

Now I don't want to crush people's world view all at once but you better get used to it.
From now on this is how a Map of the Earth looks. You will notice the Sothern hemisphere takes its rightful place. Eurocentric world views are a thing of the past, and Americans will now realise that Australia isn't a Suburb of L.A.

As you can clearly see in this more correct projection of the world,
Australia takes it's rightful place amongst the other Nations.
To see a larger version click on the map

Australia: 'On top of the World' No longer to be lost or left of on global projections.

North America. A whole new fresh perspective.

Europe and Israel shown the 'right way up'.


References: Useful Map Projections Cartographical Map Projections The Upsidedown Map Page

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1 Comment:

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Ha! Keep dreaming, Aaron.

As a matter of fact I have always thought that Aussies are pretty cool about being down there. It is not like being down has some unwanted connotations or something.

But now it seems I have been wrong.