10 Reasons The Earth Is Most Definitely Round

10 Reasons The Earth Is Most Definitely Round

To Flat-Earthers everywhere: some food for thought.

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I have just recently come into contact with the (crazy) theory that our planet Earth, spherical celestial body that rotates around its own axis, may not actually be... round. Based on that, I've compiled a list of things that prove the Earth is 100% not flat.

1. Gravity

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Now, I'm no science major, but I do know a little bit about gravity. Spheres have a consistent shape. This means that no matter where you are on a sphere, you will have the same amount of sphere underneath your feet.

The basic idea of this concept is that an object will fall towards a center of mass. A sphere's center of mass is quite simply the center of the sphere. If the earth was a flat plane, the center of mass would be directly in the middle. That would mean if you dropped an apple at the "end" of the earth it would fall sideways.

In actuality, if you drop an apple anywhere on this planet, it will fall straight down (not considering wind or the elements), towards the center of mass, which is the center of the Earth, because it is spherical.

2. Airplanes

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The flight paths of airplanes appear as arcs, because since the Earth is round, it would not be possible for a plane to fly in a straight line. Of course, if you were to flatten a globe the trajectory of a flight would appear linear, but on a globe it is curved. Since a globe is the most accurate representation of Earth, the curvature of flight paths makes perfect sense.

3. The Moon

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Ever seen a lunar eclipse? A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, the sun, and Earth are all in line with one another with Earth between the sun and the moon. The sun casts a shadow of the earth on the moon, and as the moon moves in and out of Earth's shadow, the end of the Earth is visible in the shadow, and it is very clearly curved.

4. Constellations

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The positions of stars change relative to us as the celestial bodies orbit around each other. That said, the constellations are star patterns that are visible to you are only visible based on your position on Earth. Someone else standing on the other side of the globe, looking at the same sky you are, would see different constellations. If the Earth was flat, we would all see the same constellations in the same sky. Albeit from different angles, but the same formations anyway

5. Other planets 

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Going all the way back to Galileo, the man who radically declared that the Earth was not the center of the universe and discovered Jupiter and the moons orbiting around it. We've come to a mutual agreement as humanity that all of the other planets are spherical and orbit the sun. Why would the Earth be flat if the rest of the planets in the Milky Way are not?

6. Neil deGrasse Tyson says so

Neil deGrasse Tyson is never wrong.

7. Ships on the horizon

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Of course, since we are so small relative to the Earth, it would be impossible for us to see its curvature except from above. That said, the curvature is evident when standing on the edge of a large body of water. With patience, watch a ship sail off into the distance until you can no longer see it. It will not disappear seemingly linearly, rather the sail/mast will appear to sink.

8. Shadows

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Since the surface of the Earth is rounded, no two shadows of the same object will be the same length at any point, ever, unless they are in the exact same place, which is impossible. Go outside and put two sticks that are the same length in the group. If the Earth was flat the shadows would be the same length, but they aren't. Why? Because the Earth is round.

9. Time zones

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Depending on what time zone you're in, the sun rises and sets at a certain position. The position changes as you move across the globe, hence the Earth's lack of flatness.

10. Circumnavigate the globe

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Columbus did it in the 15th century by boat, you can do it in the 21st century by air. While relatively expensive, you can in fact take a trip around the world in an airplane. You would not be able to do that if the Earth was flat. Bonus: at the right elevation and angle, you'd actually be able to see the curve of the Earth with only your eyeballs.

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Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."


He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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6 Lessons I've Learned From Seattle's Snowmageddon

The Seattle freeze is real.

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From epic school closures to hundreds of flight cancellations — Snowmageddon took no prisoners in Washington. Like an ultimate game of freeze tag, it blustered through Seattle and the surrounding Puget sound areas — putting everyone's lives on pause. Things that normally wouldn't have happened — happened: Snow reached record heights, delivery trucks jack-knifed, grocery stores emptied, and power outages left thousands in the dark. In North Bend — where the snow reached 16 to 24 inches, the Washington National Guard was called to help save a man trapped in his home located down a snowed-in drive way. It's been an unusually rough couple of weeks so far for Washingtonians. But through the storm I've learned some very valuable lessons:

1. Always be prepared --- stock up on groceries early.

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I will never wait the day before a storm hits to buy groceries again. During Snowmageddon, parking spaces were almost non-existent and the lines of nearly every grocery store spilled down the aisles. Soccer moms fought over the few remaining carts. As children (and possibly cashiers) pondered if the world was coming to an end.

2. Sleep is your best friend --- and worst enemy.

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Being snowed in for these past two weeks has allowed me to enjoy some of the best sleep of my college career. In addition to a daily 8-hour rest — I've also been able to get in a few power naps. But I've learned if you sleep too much you can miss out on the winter wonderland that awaits outdoors. Or procrastinate on your assignments. So it's best to keep one's schedule in tact and set an alarm.

3. Many Western Washingtonians can't drive --- especially in snow.

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Videos of sliding cars on icy hills and slick streets in Seattle can be found on YouTube. While those maybe entertaining — what's not funny is the hundreds of car accidents that occurred during Snowmagedden. The main comment from authorities and drivers alike is that too many people were driving too fast for the conditions. Like seriously, people. Slow down.

4. Candles over everything.

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As a child, I remember my mom would light vanilla scented candles whenever our went power out. No matter how scary the storm or how cold we felt in the darkness — I'll never forget how the warm glow of the flame and delicious scent always made me feel safe. Whether you prefer wax, soy or flameless have a candle nearby for instant light and security.

5. Have games and activities on deck.

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If you have a candle or lantern handy — you'll find games like Scrabble, Charades, Glow in the dark Air hockey and Cards against Humanity can be fun to play in the dark.

6. Disasters really do bring people together.

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I work part-time at Safeway and am fortunate to have a manager who cares about employees. When the heavy snow hit and everyone began making calls, my manager drove people to work. Even my co-workers who weren't fond of him were appreciative. Throughout the week, I heard stories of people checking in on seniors, neighbors sharing food, strangers helping others dig out stuck vehicles and temporary homeless shelters opening up around the area. Proof positive that Snowmageddon may have chilled our bodies — but it hasn't frozen our hearts.

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