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View Poll Results: Is the earth flat?
YES, because obviously you can't trust anything those Westerners say. 1 5.26%
YES, it's all a hoax perpetrated on us by the media. 2 10.53%
YES, because my religious book doesn't say otherwise. 0 0%
NO, because my science texts say it isn't flat and I'll get a bad grade if I say anything else. 2 10.53%
NO, and I can prove it. 8 42.11%
Wacky answer option reserved for people like Orphy. 6 31.58%
Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

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Old February 15, 2008, 03:11 PM
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Default Is the earth flat?

Now, many people would argue that the earth is spherical (an oblate spheroid, to be more precise). In fact some people would argue, that this famous picture, Earthrise, taken by astronaut William Anders from lunar orbit in Apollo 8, confirms it.


But, of course, if you listen to BD-Shardul and Dawah in the other poll, you might well believe that all the moon missions were faked, and thus so was this picture, showing a spherical earth. So I thought I might just run a poll to see how many of you believed in a flat earth too.

for the irony-impaired.
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Old February 15, 2008, 03:13 PM
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Its flat indeed. Didn't Tom Friedman say so ?
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Old February 15, 2008, 03:20 PM
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I think Shaad has a point here - the picture looks like a golf ball painted with earth like colors and dipped in a tar pool next to landscape probably found somewhere in Utah. However, the contour separating land from the pool appears a tad bit too fine. Perhaps the detail is lost in the resolution - which makes me then think - maybe the picture was taken from a mountain top, and the ball really isn't a golf ball but a giant sphere that is unevenly balanced.
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Old February 15, 2008, 03:24 PM
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[quote=Pundit;620715]I think Shaad has a point here - the picture looks like a golf ball painted with earth like colors and dipped in a tar pool next to landscape probably found somewhere in Utah. However, the contour separating land from the pool appears a tad bit too fine. Perhaps the detail is lost in the resolution - which makes me then think - maybe the picture was taken from a mountain top, and the ball really isn't a golf ball but a giant sphere that is unevenly balanced.[/quot

No No..that looks like a picture taken in one of those studios in Gulistan.
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Old February 15, 2008, 03:25 PM
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My textbook will kill me if I say the Earth is flat!! Oh noo!!
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Old February 15, 2008, 04:24 PM
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To the hungry staring at the moon - asman er chand jeno jolshano ruti..
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A thread opened to bash the sentiment of some other people. Failing to refute the logic presented by David Milne, they took the attack on some BC members.

Well, look at the poll options. The options are set as if we logic from the religion was presented to prove that the journey to moon is fake.

irony impaired? It is more painful for me watch that the extremely heavy load of worldly knowledege is flattening people's common sense.
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Old February 15, 2008, 05:13 PM
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আমার কথা শুনে কিছু সদস্যের গাত্রদাহ হয়। কী দরকার খামাখা? আমারও সময় নষ্ট, তাদেরও মর্মজ্বালা।
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Not in good taste...
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Some (Aristotle?) thinks earth is as flat as a pancake, some (my friend Bilal) thinks its triangular like an orange...truth must be somewhere in between.
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Old February 15, 2008, 10:00 PM
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A thread opened to bash the sentiment of some other people. Failing to refute the logic presented by David Milne, they took the attack on some BC members.
Some of us tend to work during the day and pretty late into the evening; we post on BC when we have the luxury to do so. I think, BD-Shardul, you will now be satisfied with my refutation of the so-called "logic" of David Milne.

And what attack are you talking about? It seemed quite reasonable to assume from your "A Conspiracy" thread that both you and Dawah considered the moon landing to be faked. Making fun of that is now "bash[ing your] sentiment[s]." Hai-re, tomra ki etoi sentimental?


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Well, look at the poll options. The options are set as if we logic from the religion was presented to prove that the journey to moon is fake.
Oh, goodness. Did you even read the options? The poll options say nothing about the moon, focusing instead on reasons why someone might believe that the earth was flat. For what it's worth, I think you can find many examples of theists using their holy books to argue that the world was flat (see, for instance, Lactantius, St.John Chrysostom, St. Athanasius, Diodorus of Tarsus, and Cosmas Indicopleustes, and expounders of this view in the early Christian church). Many early Muslim scholars, on the other hand, were firm proponents of a spherical earth, and used that to calculate the distance and direction from any given point on the earth to Mecca for prayers. That's not to say that there weren't any who believed in a flat earth instead.

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irony impaired? It is more painful for me watch that the extremely heavy load of worldly knowledege is flattening people's common sense.
Yes, yes, I think we've all realized how easily your sentiments are hurt. Tomake aar tease korbo na.
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I think we should all become members of Flat Earth Society.
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For what it's worth, I think you can find many examples of theists using their holy books to argue that the world was flat (see, for instance, Lactantius, St.John Chrysostom, St. Athanasius, Diodorus of Tarsus, and Cosmas Indicopleustes, and expounders of this view in the early Christian church).
I have actually visited Tarsus but never met the guy...he must have reached the edge and dropped.
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Old February 15, 2008, 10:21 PM
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আমার মনে হয় পৃথিবী গোলাকার।
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I think we should all become members of Flat Earth Society.
I did once apply (there used to be a registration form in the FES site) but got no response
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Old February 15, 2008, 10:30 PM
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You never know, tomorrow you might wake up and read that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around the earth.

A flat planet infested with people in some distant galaxy might be a good sci fi movie though.
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You never know, tomorrow you might wake up and read that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around the earth.

A flat planet infested with people in some distant galaxy might be a good sci fi movie though.
May I suggest a director for the movie? How about Galileo? Copernicus will off course star as the lead hero. Movie title? GEOCENTRIC would do.
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আমার মনে হয় পৃথিবী গোলাকার।
Nope. Its like an ideally shaped orange. The poles are a bit low and concentric.
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Old February 15, 2008, 11:55 PM
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But I withdraw my previous post for the sake of our neighbours, the world is actually a cricket ball cut in half balanced by four big century old turtles. Probably thats how man invented a table.
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But I withdraw my previous post for the sake of our neighbours, the world is actually a cricket ball cut in half balanced by four big century old turtles. Probably thats how man invented a table.
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Oops these are four Elephants, who are standing on the flat surface of the turtle's shell. Anyway its complicated. It does not explain where the turtle is standing though.

http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...2/20223083.JPG

Might help. Peace.
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i would say its slightly tilted.....those americans and their cheeseburgers!! tch!
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Who says earth is flat?

Its Oval.
Thats why they call it the Oval Office.
Office of the World.

Who they think they are, those Americans!
Damn you infidels. Kill 'em all.

Damn you Bengaliprince too... i was gonna take a shot at Americans, but you had to spoil my party with your greezy cheeseburgers.

......hmmmm....cheeseburgers.....
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