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 Post subject: A Third Of Millennials Aren’t Sure The Earth Is Round....
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:54 am 
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Actually, it's an oblate spheroid......which means, basically.......round.

A new survey has found that a third of young millennials in the U.S. aren’t convinced the Earth is actually round. The national poll reveals that 18 to 24-year-olds are the largest group in the country who refuse to accept the scientific facts of the world’s shape.......







Prob'ly the same ones who don't know what day it is, either. :?

When I was in school (a long, LONG time ago) I was taught Columbus sailed west to get to the east, because he believed the earth was round. And future explorers were able to prove the theory. Today? They teach Columbus sailed to the Caribbean in order to kill the natives and infect them with syphilis and small pox.



* If the earth isn´t round, there would be no tides. So........where do they think their favorited snack (TIDE PODS) come from?

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Of Millennials Aren’t Sure The Earth Is Round...
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What a drag it is getting old.

Our parents’ generation was sure we’d be the ruin of the Republic

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Of Millennials Aren’t Sure The Earth Is Round...
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Speaking of "our" parents generation, you probably won't make the connection as to why I post what follows, but it does address their (and our) generation. It address a lot, actually when juxtaposed against the events of history that we now know took place and in the light of seeing the seeds that were harvested. Tolkien's forward in the hard back version of the 2nd edition explains a lot about the development of the story. Tolkien served in World War 1 and by the time his service in that war was ended, most of his friends were dead.

Anyway, this letter always struck me as a perspective on history - US history after World War II. While I don't agree with all of the writer's sentiments, I do think the writer hits on your point about what our parent's generation thought we would "accomplish"....

ymmv :)

It's been fifteen years at this writing since I first came across THE LORD OF THE RINGS in the stacks at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. I'd been looking for the book for four years, ever since reading W. H. Auden's review in the New York Times. I think of that time now --- and the years after, when the trilogy continued to be hard to find and hard to explain to most friends --- with an undeniable nostalgia. It was a barren era for fantasy, among other things, but a good time for cherishing slighted treasures and mysterious passwords. Long before Frodo Lives! began to appear in the New York subways, J.R.R. Tolkien was the magus of my secret knowledge.

I've never thought it an accident that Tolkien's works waited more than ten years to explode into popularity almost overnight. The Sixties were no fouler a decade than the Fifties --- they merely reaped the Fifties' foul harvest --- but they were the years when millions of people grew aware that the industrial society had become paradoxically unlivable, incalculably immoral, and ultimately deadly. In terms of passwords, the Sixties were the time when the word progress lost it's ancient holiness, and escape stopped being comically obscene. The impulse is being called reactionary now, but lovers of Middle-earth want to go there. I would myself, like a shot.

For in the end it is Middle-earth and its dwellers that we love, not Tolkien's considerable gifts in showing it to us. I said once that the world he charts was there long before him, and I still believe it. He is a great enough magician to tap our most common nightmares, daydreams and twilight fantasies, but he never invented them either: he found them a place to live, a green alternative to each day's madness here in a poisoned world. We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers --- thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.

Peter S. Beagle
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