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Old 07 December 2006, 14:10   #31
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wot i wont too noe iz.......

wy iz ther ownly wan monopopolies comishun an wy doo liffts smel diffrent too mijjits

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Old 07 December 2006, 15:37   #32
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Remember also which way a compass points which was prob the first reason of all they decided which way was up!!!
But compass needles don't point North - they align with the earth's magnetic field. So effectively they are aligned between the magnetic north and south poles but which direction the needle is pointing (N or S) is impossible to tell unless you have labelled the needle in some way. So had things had happened differently it is possible we would all talk about compasses pointing "South".

Further investigation reveals that:
  • Ptolemy is widely attributed as being the first person to "popularise" maps with North up, the second century AD. It is not clear why - but certainly the world as he knew it was in the northern hemisphere.
  • Many maps used to be aligned East-up which is where the phrase to Orient the map, is believed to originate from.
  • Until about 1600 AD maps were all oriented according to local need/custom/practice. (it was around this time that compass use started to happen too).
  • Globes became popular during the Rennaisance. It was also at this time that it became normal practice to align all maps North-up.
  • There is a suggested link in that, at that time, all the important countries in the world were in the northern hemisphere - and it would have been difficult to see them if they were on the underside of the globe.
  • There appears to be no "physical" reason why North (as opposed to south) should be the top of our maps.
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Old 07 December 2006, 15:57   #33
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There is a suggested link in that, at that time, all the important countries in the world were in the northern hemisphere - and it would have been difficult to see them if they were on the underside of the globe.
  • There appears to be no "physical" reason why North (as opposed to south) should be the top of our maps.

Hahahaha

Got it in one Polwart! Our Antipodean friends won't put up with that feeble political trick for long!

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