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  • 25 Strange And Interesting Bits Of Trivia About Our World

    10/03/2015 2:17:13 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    YouTube! ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | list25
    From a city in China that is the size of the United Kingdom to an undersea mountain chain that makes the Himalayas look like toys, these are 25 strange and interesting bits of trivia about our world.
  • 25 Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World

    10/03/2015 1:36:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    List25 ^ | Dec 5, 2013 | List25
    Over the last few months it seems that maps have been all the rage. We here at List25 decided to jump on the bandwagon and highlight some of our favorites. These are 25 maps that will change the way you see the world.
  • Israel is omitted from HarperCollins atlas because including country would be 'unacceptable' ..

    12/31/2014 9:28:38 AM PST · by aimhigh · 28 replies ^ | 12/31/2014 | JENNY STANTON
    Publishing giant HarperCollins has been criticised for omitting Israel from an atlas. The country is not labelled on the map - bought by English-speaking schools in the majority-Muslim Gulf, while Gaza and Jordan are clearly marked. Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins, told The Tablet that including Israel would have been 'unacceptable' to their customers in the Gulf and the amendment incorporated 'local preferences'
  • Maddow Mocks Republican's Geography Mistake—But Recently Made One of Her Own

    10/25/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let she who is without geography sin cast the first globe! On her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow mercilessly mocked Darrell Issa for confusing Guinea with Guyana. The Republican congressman made his mistake during a discussion of the country in which the latest Ebola outbreak began. Issa said it was "Guyana," a South American country, whereas in fact it was Guinea, a West African one. Fair enough. Issa should have gotten his countries straight. But of all the hosts in the MSNBC lineup, Rachel Maddow should have been the last to have the chutzpah to highlight Issa's blooper. For...
  • Joe Biden lists China as part of North America

    10/08/2014 12:11:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-07 16:59 (GMT+8) | Want China Times
    US vice president Joe Biden mistakenly described China as a part of North America during a gaffe-filled speech at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government last week. After stating that North America is "literally–not figuratively–the epicenter of energy in the world today," the 71-year-old Biden went on to say that, "North America will account–meaning Mexico, China and Canada–for two-thirds of the growth of global energy supply over the next 20 years." It appears that Biden had accidentally substituted China for the United States, but the vice president failed to notice or correct the remark. Duowei News, a US-based media outlet...
  • Somebody get these guys in the White House a map

    09/13/2014 7:15:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 9/13/2014 | Ed Lasky
    So called “smart power” strikes again - and shows itself to be embarrassingly dumb. There is a great deal of focus on the Middle Easy and has been for years. One would hope our leadership would have at least the basics down. Not true.
  • Geography bee win fulfills teen's longtime dream

    05/22/2014 6:25:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AP ^ | May 21, 2014 | Ben Nuckols
    Akhil Rekulapelli has his life mapped out. The 13-year-old wants to attend Stanford University and become a doctor, probably a surgeon. But he knows it will be a while before he achieves anything as satisfying as his victory Wednesday in the National Geographic Bee, which came after a close call last year and a lifelong interest in nations, cities, cultures and history.
  • If Crimea rejoins Russia, it’s only the latest twist in 1,000 years of European border shifts

    03/18/2014 6:28:26 PM PDT · by gwjack · 48 replies ^ | 3/17/2014 | Tim Rostan
    The borders of Europe have been static since the breakups of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, and the reunification of Germany, but look set to shift shortly, if the Duma in Moscow ratifies the stated desire of a Crimean majority to quit Ukraine for Russia. But a broader perspective, taking into account the past 1,000 years of European history, shows that change on the continent has been a near-constant.
  • NPR's Liberal Geography: Our Taxes pay for an outfit having trouble identifying north and south

    03/07/2014 6:53:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/07/2014 | Ethel Fenig
    Democrats from President Barack Obama's very own party joined Republicans derailing Obama's nominee, Debo Adegbile, for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.Explaining the failure, the taxpayer funded National Public Radio (NPR) announced “a handful of southern Democrats joined Republicans yesterday to defeat President Obama’s choice to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division.” Jonah Goldberg at National Review Online  helpfully named the "handful of southern Democrats", something NPR failed to do.  Here they are:  Chris Coons (Del.) Bob Casey (Pa.) Mark Pryor (Ark.) Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) Joe Manchin (W.V.) Joe Donnelly (Ind.)  John Walsh (Mont.)  And, of course,...
  • 49ers' bragging billboard is up... in Fife

    12/23/2013 9:45:09 AM PST · by llevrok · 27 replies
    KING TV (Seattle) ^ | 12/23/2013
    A group of 49ers fans who raised money for a billboard in Seattle to brag about their team's five Super Bowl trophies got their sign - but it's nowhere near CenturyLink Field. The digital billboard is just north of Fife, about 27 miles from downtown Seattle. Niners fans raised money through the fundraising site They raised more than the $7,000 needed to pay for the billboard so the rest will go to charity. A Seahawks fan wants to do the same thing in San Francisco, but to promote Seattle Children's hospital and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. On Sunday, a...
  • America's Coastal Royalty

    11/28/2013 6:40:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 28, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America's big decisions are made. They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between. Those in Boston, New York and Washington determine how our government works; what sort of news, books, art and fashion we should consume; and whether our money and investments are worth anything. The Pacific corridor is just as influential, but in a hipper, cooler fashion. Whether America suffers through another zombie film or one more Lady Gaga...
  • What's YOUR country famous for? Map reveals that UK leads the world in fascist movements while U.S.

    10/22/2013 10:11:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 22, 2013 | Sarah Griffiths
    What's YOUR country famous for? Map reveals that UK leads the world in fascist movements while U.S. has most Nobel laureates and lawnmower deaths From making babies to being struck by lightning, a new map has revealed the surprising things that countries are best at. The map is based on statistics gathered from across the internet - ranging from sources as diverse as the World Bank to the Guinness World Records. Created by online comic and website DogHouse Diaries, the map shows what each country leads the rest of the world in and the words picked - which are written...
  • Don't Know Much About Geography

    08/15/2013 7:41:03 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/15/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Over a half-century after Cooke wrote that lighthearted song, such ignorance is now all too real. Even our best and brightest -- or rather our elites especially -- are not too familiar with history or geography. Both disciplines are the building blocks of learning. Without awareness of natural and human geography, we are reduced to a sort of self-contained void without accurate awareness of the space around us. An ignorance of history also creates the same sort of self-imposed exile, leaving us ignorant of both what came before us and what is likely to follow. In the case of geography,...
  • America branded: States mapped out showing which product it is most famous for

    06/26/2013 7:11:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 100 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 26, 2013 | James Nye
    General Motors and Michigan, Starbucks and Washington, Walmart and Arkansas, Apple and California. A new map sweeping the Internet entitled the Corporate States of America lists the brands, albeit subjectively, that the creator, Steve Lovelace feels best fits each of the 50 states of the union. The criteria for each brand were that it is still based in the state of origin and that of course is still in business as of 2012.
  • Romney gaffe: 'Syria is Iran's route to the sea'

    10/23/2012 9:22:01 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 41 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/23/12 | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Mitt Romney is not particularly new to gaffes but when it comes to one about the relationship between Syria and Iran, he has shown extraordinary courage in repeating it at least six times just in the past year. During last night's foreign policy debate, Romney said: "Syria is Iran's only ally in the Arab world. It's their route to the sea."

    07/23/2012 8:02:35 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 16 replies
    When I learned world geography, the nation of Syria-Iraq was a single country like Czecho-Slovakia. I think its time to unify Syria-Iraq again.
  • How geography shapes cultural diversity

    06/11/2012 5:43:13 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Nature ^ | 11 June 2012 | Zoë Corbyn
    Study offers evidence that long countries give better protection to languages than those that are wide. One reason that Eurasian civilizations dominated the globe is because they came from a continent that was broader in an east–west direction than north–south, claimed geographer Jared Diamond in his famous 1997 book Guns, Germs and Steel. Now, a modelling study has found evidence to support this 'continental axis theory'.Continents that span narrower bands of latitude have less variation in climate, which means a set of plants and animals that are adapted to more similar conditions. That is an advantage, says Diamond, because it means...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GILEAD, 05-09-12

    05/09/2012 9:15:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GILEAD 1. father of the valiant Jephthah (Judges 11:1), who led the Israelites in their victorious wars against the Ammonites and Ephraimites; 2. part of the territory given by Moses to Gad as his inheritance when the country was apportioned among Israel's tribes. It was a grain-producing region in the Jordan valley between the Yarmuk and Arnon rivers (Joshua 13:24-25). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Other Obama Columbia Summit Debacle (w/ Argentina)

    04/18/2012 6:21:27 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies ^ | April 18, 2012 | netwmd Staff
    Does U.S. President Obama have a foreign policy or should we call it a "dangerous farcical policy." Is he even control of the White House? By now, most people have heard the story of how, "11 Secret Service agents" and "as many as 10 U.S. military personnel," hired prostitutes, drank alcohol, and possibly used illicit drugs -- all in "security preparation" for the president to attend the Summit of the Americas in Columbia. Besides the security debacle, Obama's diplomatic effort, "wasn't exactly smooth sailing." But there's a subtle clincher to Obama's ridiculous Columbia trip which belies his true incompetency, a...
  • Just how big is the United States?

    04/09/2012 3:04:29 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 26 replies
    Well take just Texas for example. Superimpose Texas over Europe and even Adolph Hitler would have an inferiority complex... Now Texas is pretty big. But let's take Alaska all by itself and superimpose it on the lower 48. Line up the North Slope of Alaska with Minnesota and you end up with Juneau down in the Carolinas and the Aleutians run clear to the coast of Southern California! Well I just thought this was pretty darn impressive.
  • Surprise! California Tilts Right of Center

    03/06/2012 7:38:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 | Joe Mathews
    A fine new report from the Public Policy Institute of California updates what we know about the state's political geography. For decades, the political divide in California was between the Democratic north and the Republican south. But in recent times, analysts have talked about a blue Democratic coast vs. the red Republican inland. PPIC's new report concludes that the coast vs. inland explanation isn't exactly right. When you dig deeply into the numbers, the state's real political divide puts the two former rivals -- Los Angeles County and the Bay Area -- on one side of the partisan divide, and...
  • Obama Doesn't Know Much About Geography

    11/16/2011 6:34:00 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov.16, 2011 | Mark Whittington
    COMMENTARY | Proving again that one cannot make a dumb statement if one is a liberal Democrat, President Barack Obama recently had a news conference in Hawaii in which he suggested the 50th state of the union was "here in Asia." Obama has, from time to time, fractured his geography. In a speech in Iowa last year he referred to Europe as a country. Obama once referred to the 57 states of the Union he had visited at a campaign stop in Oregon. The media, when it notes them at all, tends to pass on the president's alternate geography without...
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Voted 'Most Beautiful Place in America'

    08/17/2011 9:45:02 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 128 replies
    ABC News/Travel ^ | 8/17/2011 | ALBERTO ORSO and SABRINA PARISE
    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, tucked away in the northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, won the title of "Good Morning America's" Most Beautiful Place in America. Tens of thousands of viewers voted online for this Michigan park, which is one of the nation's best-kept secrets. The hidden gem boasts 64 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan, two islands, 26 inland lakes, more than 50,000 acres of land, and the monumental sand dunes from which it gets its name. In June, "GMA" set out in search of the most beautiful places in America. Viewers nominated their favorite places online, sending...
  • Rocky Mountain Low

    08/08/2011 12:43:39 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 18 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | Aug. 8, 2011 | Dennis Webb
    The late musician John Denver’s love of wilderness is driving an effort to name a peak on a prominent western Colorado mountain after him. But as it turns out, the peak’s location in a wilderness area poses a Rocky-Mountain-high obstacle to the undertaking’s success. Littleton resident J.P. McDaniel’s effort to get the eastern of the twin summits of Mount Sopris south of Carbondale named for Denver, who moved to the Aspen area as a young man, has drawn widespread media and online attention in recent weeks. The buzz has boosted McDaniel’s petition drive signatures by a couple thousand. It also...
  • UCLA students nearly predicted bin Laden's location

    05/04/2011 9:07:51 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 20 replies
    ksl ^ | 5/2011
    UCLA students nearly predicted bin Laden's location May 4th, 2011 @ 7:29am By SALT LAKE CITY -- A 2009 study by geography students at UCLA correctly predicted many things about where Osama bin Laden would be hiding. They worked on a class project and came up with a model to predict bin Laden's location. The students concluded: •He would not be living in a cold cave; instead he would be living in a city less then 200 miles away from Tora Bora, his last known location. •He would be living in a home with high ceilings and electricity. It...
  • Largest urban structure on Earth

    03/10/2011 12:38:04 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 64 replies
    03/10/2011 | WesternCulture
    Forget about Tokyo. Anyone having traveled from Paris through Belgium, the Netherlands and the Ruhr District in Germany (like I have) wouldn't be impressed by a small, rural Far-East Asian settlement like that. However, this part of the World isn't the only candidate to the title. Some experts would say the largest "cityscape" found on Earth is the Eastern Seaboard Conurbation of the United States of America extending from Maine down to Florida, housing around 110 million inhabitants. Personally, I've only visited the southern part of it (Fla.) and although there is plenty of farmland between cities like Miami and...
  • Cat I found on Google Maps

    01/23/2011 1:47:25 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 73 replies · 2+ views
    Satellite Maps ^ | 23 Jan 2011 | Me
    Found this rock formation on Google Maps that looks like a cat, and thought it was interesting. The letter 'N' also appears to be carved into the rock just to the left of the "cat." Another interesting land formation in the same area is the "hand of God glacier." Both of these land features are near Quttinirpaaq National Park, Baffin, NU, Canada
  • 'Gay lessons' in maths, geography and science

    01/22/2011 8:26:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 1/22/11 | Jasper Copping
    Children are to be taught about homosexuality in maths, geography and science lessons as part of a Government-backed drive to "celebrate the gay community". Lesson plans have been drawn up for pupils as young as four, in a scheme funded with a Ł35,000 grant from an education quango, the Training and Development Agency for Schools. The initiative will be officially launched next month at the start of "LGBT History Month" – an initiative to encourage teaching about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues. The lesson plans, spread across the curriculum, will be offered to all schools, which can choose whether...
  • Mapping Stereotypes

    10/05/2010 5:52:46 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 8 replies
    alphadesigner [beta] ^ | Yanko Tsvetkov
    What the world looks like in stereotypes
  • Why Did They Kill Off Geography????

    09/02/2010 2:37:28 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 77 replies · 1+ views ^ | Aug 4, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I confess--I had never heard the phrase "the Queen of the Sciences" until a few months ago. Even when I read it, it made no sense. They seemed to be talking about geography. What was all this??? Apparently, the wise and scholarly had much more respect for geography a thousand years ago than we do now. Once you start thinking about this decline--from Queen to corpse--you gain new insight into how radical (in the worst sense) our Education Establishment is. These people never saw a fact they didn't want to drop overboard in a deep part of the ocean. So...
  • HS test 'slams' Christianity, lauds Islam

    08/24/2010 3:10:42 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 24, 2010 | YOAV GONEN
    State testmakers played favorites when quizzing high-schoolers on world religions -- giving Islam and Buddhism the kid-gloves treatment while socking it to Christianity, critics say. Teachers complain that the reading selections from the Regents exam in global history and geography given last week featured glowing passages pertaining to Muslim society but much more critical essay excerpts on the subject of Christianity. "There should have been a little balance in there," said one Brooklyn teacher who administered the exam but did not want to be identified. "To me, this was offensive because it's just so inappropriate and the timing of it...
  • The fight over Book of Mormon geography

    05/27/2010 6:44:33 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 1,067 replies · 3,605+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | May 27, 2010 | Michael DeGroote
    The discussion on Book of Mormon geography was getting heated. Scholars gathered in Provo, Utah, to discuss their theories about where the events described in the Book of Mormon took place. Some placed the Nephite capital city Zarahemla in Mesoamerica, others in South America. Others argued for a setting in the American heartland. The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attended the two-day Book of Mormon convention. Although he found the discussion interesting, he was obviously concerned that people were getting a little too worked up about their geographic theories. He decided to intervene. The Book...
  • Book of Mormon geography stirring controversy

    03/27/2010 10:27:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies · 729+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 25, 2010 | Kristen Moulton
    It has been more than half a century since the last big shift in thinking about Book of Mormon geography. Judging from the commotion in the blogosphere and on rival theorists' Web sites, a dramatically different -- and disputed -- theory is gaining traction among some of the LDS faithful. The theory, popularized by Rod Meldrum and Bruce H. Porter in the past three years, suggests that Book of Mormon events took place in the heartland of the United States, east of the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. They have popularized the idea at...
  • Test Your Geography Knowledge

    01/02/2010 9:52:22 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 48 replies · 2,299+ views
    TravelPod ^ | 01-04-10
    Found an awesome geography game. Starts off easy and then gets harder at each level. You get credit for being close but need a minimum to advance to next round. Give it a try and post you score. My final score: 386,069 Final level: 10 Travel IQ:112
  • Migration: Geographies in Conflict

    12/01/2009 9:57:43 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 6 replies · 567+ views
    New Geography ^ | November 23, 2009 | Aaron Renn
    Migration: Geographies In Conflict by Aaron M. Renn 11/23/2009 It's an interesting puzzle. The “cool cities”, the ones that are supposedly doing the best, the ones with the hottest downtowns, the biggest buzz, leading-edge new companies, smart shops, swank restaurants and hip hotels – the ones that are supposed to be magnets for talent – are often among those with the highest levels of net domestic outmigration. New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Miami and Chicago – all were big losers in the 2000s. Seattle, Denver, and Minneapolis more or less broke even. Portland is the only proverbially...
  • Why we need to improve geographic literacy

    11/29/2009 8:12:39 AM PST · by Saije · 34 replies · 1,110+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/29/2009 | Patrick Abbott
    Year after year surveys reveal that only 37 percent of young Americans know where Iraq is and a large minority cannot locate the Pacific Ocean on a map. Like clockwork, commentators then write how horrible it is that America is so geographically illiterate. While it is true that geographic ignorance is a big problem, these commentators do geography no favors. Geography has long been thought of as merely the memorization of places. This is how it is taught by many schools. The notion that geography is just a memory game and not a science led some of the nation’s finest...
  • The Geography of Jobs

    10/15/2009 5:53:25 PM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 13 replies · 983+ views
    TIP Strategies ^ | Sept 14, 2009 | TIP Strategies
    This animated map provides a striking visual of employment trends over the last business cycle using net change in jobs from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on a rolling 12-month basis. We used this approach to provide the smoothest possible visual depiction of ongoing employment dynamics at the MSA level. By animating the data, the map highlights a number of concurrent trends leading up to the nation’s present economic crisis. The graphic highlights the 100 largest metropolitan areas so that regional trends can be more easily identified.
  • Book of Mormon Geography: Which Theory do you Believe?

    09/11/2009 7:29:00 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 88 replies · 1,789+ views
    Grace for ^ | Sept. 8, 2009 | Ama49
    I came across some interesting Book of Mormon geography theories. Some of which I was familiar with and a few that were new to me. I found them interesting to read through. I’m sure there are more theories out there, but here are a few for you to read through. I’ve included links for more information on each theory on the titles of the theory. Mesoamerica Theory 1: Isthmus of Tehuantepec As you can see in this map, this theory is the one in which people believe the main location for the Book of Mormon is in Central America and...
  • Unusual and Marvelous Maps

    08/16/2009 7:15:48 PM PDT · by BGHater · 26 replies · 3,922+ views
    DRB ^ | 15 Aug 2009 | Simon Rose
    Hideous monsters devouring ships? Old map symbols, correctly showing storm fronts & dangerous currents I’ve always been fond of maps, from those antique ones showing sea serpents and hideous monsters devouring ships in the vast expanses of the ocean, to those showing what the world looked like in the distant, and not so distant, past. Maps have, of course, been with us in one form or another, for a long time. Jerusalem is in the center - from "Itinerarium Sacrae Scipturae", by Heinrich Bunting, 1545-1606 Here’s a world map according to Posidonius, from around 150-130 B.C. - Ptolemy's version of...
  • NATO does not know where we are fighting

    05/22/2009 7:11:51 AM PDT · by pka54 · 315+ views
    Geographic Travels with Catholicgauze ^ | 5/22/2009 | Catholicgauze
    NATO's new map game has horrible geography. China owns chunks of Pakistan and several countries are underwater. I hope their planning maps are better.
  • Green Schools, Greener Students

    05/05/2009 12:15:42 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 297+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 5, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Green Schools, Greener Students by: Malcolm A. Kline, May 05, 2009 There’s been a rush to make public schools environmentally friendly lately, so much so that polls show that students are afraid that the earth is going to melt before they make it to the prom. “Green schools reduce toxins while increasing attendance, lowering illness rates and raising test scores,” said Sean Miller, Director of Education at Earth Day Network. “Students fare much better with green schools and so does the planet.” Meanwhile, actual knowledge of how the world works continues to disappear among public school students, so much so...
  • In Search of Book of Mormon Geography (Open)

    01/18/2009 6:08:09 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 99 replies · 1,718+ views
      In Search of Book of Mormon Geography The Book of Mormon is supposed to be a history of real people living in a real place. For the first 150 years of Mormonism's existence, everyone thought it was a story about a people who left the Middle East and came to South or Central America, and who fought wars clear up into New York state where their history was hidden in a hillside, inscribed on gold plates. Joseph Smith, in 1830, translated those plates, he said, by "the gift and power of God," into 1611 English from "Reformed Egyptian...
  • 16th-Century Mapmaker's Intriguing Knowledge['America']

    11/21/2008 8:29:58 AM PST · by BGHater · 27 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 17 Nov 2008 | David Brown
    How was it that a German priest writing in Latin and living in a French city far from the coast became the first person to tell the world that a vast ocean lay to the west of the American continents? That is one of the bigger mysteries in the history of the Renaissance. But it is not the only one involving Martin Waldseemueller, a map-making cleric whose own story is sufficiently obscure that his birth and death dates aren't known for certain. Waldseemueller appears to have also known something about the contours of South America's west coast years before Vasco...
  • McCain Bristles at Accusation He Has a Bad Temper

    05/13/2008 10:09:25 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies · 210+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 13 May 2008 | John Semmens
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (Ariz.) told a campaign audience that charges he has a bad temper make him angry. “In fact, I had to deck one of my senate colleagues for calling me ‘Senator Hothead,’” McCain announced. “For me, fighting for this country and my beliefs isn’t just a figure-of-speech.” McCain argued that he is “the perfect candidate for those bitter Americans who cling to guns and religion and have antipathy toward those who hate our country.” Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) called McCain’s remarks “a vindication of my plan to rejuvenate America by sweeping aside the angry...
  • Barack Obama wants to be president of these 57 United States

    05/09/2008 6:05:00 PM PDT · by Verbosus · 390 replies · 772+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | May 09, 2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    Quote: "It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."
  • Map that named America is a puzzle for researchers

    12/04/2007 8:59:54 AM PST · by picard · 15 replies · 123+ views
    Yahoo(Reuters) ^ | Mon Dec 3, 12:19 PM ET | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The only surviving copy of the 500-year-old map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress, but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseemuller map remains a puzzle for researchers. Why did the mapmaker name the territory America and then change his mind later? How was he able to draw South America so accurately? Why did he put a huge ocean west of America years before European explorers discovered the Pacific?... ... Although the map conceals many mysteries, one thing is clear: it represents a...
  • Teen USA Quiz : The Real Answer

    09/04/2007 9:39:43 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 56 replies · 2,718+ views
    WorldnetDaily ^ | 09/04/2007 | Joseph Farrah
    Everyone is having a good belly laugh at the expense of Lauren Caitlin Upton, the contestant in the Miss Teen USA pageant who imploded in a painful display of verbal and intellectual chaos in response to question about geographically challenged Americans. Lauren Caitlin Upton of Lexington, S.C., shown in this undated modeling photo. The 18-year-old has become national sensation after her gramatically challenged response to a question at the Miss Teen USA pageant in Pasadena, Calif., Aug. 24, 2007 (photo courtesy Locke Management) While everyone is fixated on the answer, no one has taken time to respond to the question...
  • Miss South Carolina Teen USA explains herself

    08/29/2007 7:28:01 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 105 replies · 3,607+ views ^ | 08/28/2007 | Mike Celizic
    The Miss Teen USA pageant contestant who became a YouTube sensation after butchering a question about why many Americans cannot find the U.S. on a world map says she was overwhelmed by her national television appearance and chalks up the experience to being “human.”
  • Scholar revives ancient subject[Cosmography]

    08/08/2007 8:54:51 AM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 443+ views
    BBC ^ | 05 Aug 2007 | BBC
    A Swansea University historian hopes to discover more about an ancient discipline which may have provided "the GPS system" of its day, 500 years ago. Dr Adam Mosley will study cosmography, a subject believed to combine geography, history and astronomy. He will also try to find out how it died out in around the 17th Century. The lecturer wants to discover more about its study and how strong its links were with the seafarers' art of navigating by the stars. The subject became popular around 500 years ago but died out and part of Dr Mosley's work will be to...
  • Earth Is Smaller Than Assumed

    07/07/2007 3:14:06 AM PDT · by neverdem · 74 replies · 1,638+ views
    Science Daily — Although the discrepancy is not large, it is significant: Geodesists from the University of Bonn have remeasured the size of the Earth in a long lasting international cooperation project. The blue planet is accordingly some millimeters smaller than up to now assumed. The results are important, for example, to be able to demonstrate a climate contingent rise in sea level. View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. (Credit: Image courtesy of NASA/Johnson Space Center) The system of measurement used by the Bonn Geodesists is invisible. It consists of radiowaves...