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parent: Why is the world a kind of sphere shape, wouldn't a cube be much more advantagous
Re: Why is the world a kind of sphere shape, wouldn't a cube be much more advantagous by Alices Restaurant on 2004-03-09 17:10:36
Actually if it weren't gradually curved then temperatures across the planet's surface would soar for brief moments in time, frying those flat surfaces with the sun's unforgiving relentlessness when it's directly overhead. Kind of like those ants in that AntZ movie when the kid had the magnifying glass. Like that. Zzzzt.
Further, this would cause some pretty decent swirling winds, due to the temperature differentials, as now complicated by the vertically-oriented eddies behind each retreating facet boundary. (Remember that the Earth's surface rotates at 18 miles-per-second.) With this interesting shape you've created a virtual hell from the winds and temperature alone.
Do we need to talk about the oceans? Naw, what's the point...
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