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World Map Robinson Projection

A ‘Robinson Projection’ view of the world by Strebe, with some assistance from bugbog.

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Also known as Earth, Gaia, and variations on Terra, the world is 4.5 billion years old, give or take a few weeks, and the earliest life form on it is at least 3.5 billion years old, almost as old as Mel Brooks.

Over 99% of all species of life on this world are extinct, with Lowland Gorillas, Black Rhinos, Iberian Lynxes and Mel Brooks next in line for a lingering goodbye thanks to us 7.3 billion humans and our greedy expansion and development.

The world rotates at about 1000 miles per hour (1600 km/hr), in other words that’s the speed YOU are moving at right now at your desk/on your sofa/on your iPad after a jog during which you might have run at a pathetic 6 mph.

Why not just lie back, eat chocolate, watch youtube videos and still move almost as fast? p.s. Because gravity holds you onto the surface of this planet, you’re moving with the Earth and don’t notice its spin speed.

Our world is 93, 500,000 miles (149,600,000 kms ) away from the Sun except for Northern Ireland which is a lot further away. Well that’s what shivering, dripping locals claim.

The circumference of Earth at the equator is around 24,902 miles (40,075 km), but from pole-to-pole slightly more, with seventy-one percent of the world’s surface covered by water – a unique feature in the Solar System – though polar regions are mostly frozen into ice.

Mount Everest is the highest place in the world above sea level, at 29,028 feet (8,848 meters), while the lowest point is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean which drops to 36,200 feet (11,034 meters) below sea level.

A map of the flat Earth drawn in 1893, South Dakota, USA

A map of the world as drawn in 1893 by Professor Orlando Ferguson (that’s him middle left).

This flat-Earth map drawn by Orlando Ferguson references the Bible and ‘Condemns the Globe Theory, or the Flying Earth, and None Sustain It’. Apparently this map ‘Knocks the Globe Theory Clean Out. It will Teach You How to Foretell Eclipses. It is Worth Its Weight in Gold’. Sadly the map is out of print so you will not be able to reward the Prof for his stellar knowledge and divine labour.

An ancient Hindu vision of the world balanced on elephants standing on a giant turtle

An ancient Hindu vision of the world balanced on elephants standing on a giant turtle

If you thought that Professor Orlando Ferguson was a bit odd then how about this ancient Hindu vision of the world we live on, copied from some unknown manuscript in 1876? Interestingly the late lamented English author Terry Pratchett wrote a series of clever comic fantasies set on a fictional Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A’Tuin. Well I think we now know where that construct came from!

Some interesting quotes about the world

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Augustine of Hippo
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
Mother Teresa
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
Oscar Wilde
The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell
Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.
John Donne
It’s a cruel and random world, but the chaos is all so beautiful.
Hiromu Arakawa
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.
William Shakespeare
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.
R.A. Salvatore
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Roald Dahl

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