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Monday, April 21, 2008


What on Earth?

Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.*

What does that even mean??? Centre of the Earth?

It gets better though:

One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca's was in perfect alignment to magnetic north.

What does 'perfect alignment' mean?

How does the fact that the position of the magnetic north pole varies throughout the day fit with this wonderful theory?

Or what about the fact that the measured position of the pole suggests it is merrily whizzing across the polar cap from Canada towards Siberia?

It doesn't look as if it is following a particular longitude that might be in 'perfect alignment'. What do you think?
(Image pinched from the Natural Resources Canada website:

* To be fair I feel that although strictly accurate in that the scientists calling for the change were Muslim, the reporter could almost be giving the impression that 'all' Muslim scientists were making this demand.
I know this sounds pedantic but there are really stupid people out there who cannot tell the difference between some and all in this context as it fits their preconceived notions.
And I don't actually mean who you probably think I mean.

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