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Old 05-23-04, 05:35 PM   #1
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Heah, whats wrong with the opposite hemisphere.?

Always been curious how certain events in the opposite hemisphere get treated..I was reading in Quito, Ecuador, they have a museum/cultural event to the two halves of the world. One dance troup there, demands that their kids 'get back to the right hemisphere.'
So, well...for starters...I was disappointed in my first trip to the southern hemisphere..Their commodes do not flush backwards. We were promised they circulate counter clockwise..Clocks in the south do move in the same direction?? So what other disappointments are there..?
Can't imagine celebrating the high holly holidays of Christmas, with their women wearing 'thongs' instead of long red dresses. ANd sloshing home in the snow...Plus, while we northeners are drinking wassail (sp?), those wild beach people are throwing empty beer cans at the passing yachts.
Plus, since southerners stand on their heads and most of the blood must overwhealm their gray matter, is not it an unfair advantage for Southern cyclists...
The gravity is all wrong and since too much speed might fling them into outer space, they have to work less hard for their cadence. What importance is there to music such as "April in Paris," or northerners' "September Song," bemoaning the beginning of Fall.
SO what cultural differences in music/ writing makes up for this cultural gap.? July not being apple/peach/cherry season ..No way.
I must say, I was impressed with their choice of stars in the night sky..The Southern Cross is spectular.
I thought more intense than the Big Dipper... But what, no Northern LIghts.?
So lets hear it for what is right with Southern Hemisphereic culture...See even the ozone tends to migrate north.
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It's all true.

Somewhere, I still have a child's placemat with all the seasons and months of the year printed on it. It even helps kids grasp the concept of the seasons by showing the weather, and what people might wear during the Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall. Very educational...

I wouldn't use it for my kids, though. July has a kid dressed for winter, and December shows kids hitting the beach.

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Someone once told me there is a Southern Aurora or something similar that can be seen from Tasmania, although I never saw it myself when I was down there. As far as the other things go, well christmas sucks here in Queensland as literally everyone seems to be in a bad mood because of the heat. Mind you, this wasn't a problem in Tasmania, probably because summer there means a max temperature of 23 C or thereabouts generally.

Blood overwhelming my head? Yeah, that's possible -- infact some would say it's a plausible explanation. "April in Paris"? Musically for me there is only before and after Oasis, so I personally know nothing about that one. Mind you, nobody in this part of the world bemoans the end of summer, but again, I think that's just a Queensland thing.

July is normally the end of the passionfruit season here. As far as the Ozone goes, after one particularly bad case of sunburn in Tasmania last December (yes, it's actually worse that Queensland, which calls itself the skin cancer capital of the world), I was wondering how we could entice the ozone back.

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You're looking at the wrong map! we're on the top the Norths at the bottom .
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Another northern hemisphere treat...Your Antarctic reserve is frigid rock and ice..Our Arctic...Resembles more like floating "Baked Alaska." Yum !...
Sorry, had some beer along with steak for dinner last night..Mind wonders when I read about this cultural celebration of the Equator at Quito, Ecuador...
Actually, thanks to international transport..Right now, Australian oranges and New Zealand Apples are just reaching our markets..
Maybe bad luck or I need find new markets...
Rarely, do I pick up Washington State apples...It is not that they don't grow excellant apples in Washington state- but the way shippers pack them...Can't stand Washington state apples..Buy them throw them away..
Bite into them...They are soft, brown, yucky..They must pack them with two tons of apples atop....Maybe when shipping them,they are really trying to make apple sauce... To get a good apple in the US, you have to go to a health food store and pay $1 an apple.
But it seems...When shipping apples/ oranges from the Southern hemisphere, the shippers do a far better job..thanks. Southern hemisphere.
also, another northern hemispheric phrase... for those hoping the winter season be gone... " April showers brings May flowers." Yes, in the far north snow can overwhealm April... whereas in the southern hemisphere, many have out their rakes collecting April leaves. so do they say " August showers bring September flowers"?

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You're looking at the wrong map! we're on the top the Norths at the bottom .
Indeed, your point is hard to argue against.

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South pole = AURORA AUSTRALIS (southern lights)


North pole = AURORA BOREALIS (northern lights)

Very cool stuff. I even bounce my radio signals off of them! WAY COOL!
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Do any places in the southern hemisphere NOT in an alpine region have seasonal extremes similar to the northeastern and north-central United States? I've always wondered but can't think of any besides ski resorts/mountain towns.
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Live 3- Yeah..Maybe Tasmania has some extremes, not sure. Think South Africa verges on being a temperate climate.
But the biggest candidate..Patagonia and exteme south of Chile.. Some of my bike group went on a bike tour of Chile and Argentina... They bragged about the beauty of Brioche...Argentinian lake distric..Known for its sking. But Patagonia...Gets very cold..Don't think it to be a Siberia...But still lots of snow..Guess that means at least freezing temperatures.
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Do any places in the southern hemisphere NOT in an alpine region have seasonal extremes similar to the northeastern and north-central United States? I've always wondered but can't think of any besides ski resorts/mountain towns.
Tasmania is known for summer snow. As I recall, Hobart got snow on Christmas day (remember, this is reverse seasons out here) a couple of years ago, and it's virtually on the coast! I imagine some of the southern parts of New Zealand are even colder.
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Down there aren't you spinning in the wrong direction..Does the sun come up in the East.?
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It appears to, although all that spinning can screw with a man's sense of direction.
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