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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    I think I understand, but an isosceles triangle? Wouldn't it be an equilateral?
    Quite right. I brain-farted. It's an equilateral triangle where each side is 5 miles.

    I still don't entirely grasp how East and West function at the poles either. Do they become curved along the lines of latitude or is there a sort of 'True East/West' perpendicular to the Earth's axis? I assume it's the former, so why would a triangle apply at all?

    Goddamn it, I need diagrams for this shit. I'm a visual thinker.
    Lol. If you're standing on the North Pole, there's no east or west. There's just south.

    --The guy's starting point is 5 miles away from the North Pole. Since everything on Earth is south of the North Pole, that means he is located 5 miles south of the North Pole.

    --The first leg of the triangle: He walks 5 miles east, which still leaves him 5 miles south of the North Pole. (Basically, on the first leg of the triangle he is circling around the North Pole at a distance of 5 miles.)

    --The second leg of the triangle: Then he walks 5 miles north, which puts him directly on the Pole.

    --The third leg of the triangle: Then he walks 5 miles back to his starting point.

    Trace it in pencil on a globe or a large ball or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Acknowledging oldness isn't self-deprecating unless you think old is bad. Which is a common American concept. I'm kinda old but it's cool. Old people are awesome. And I've heard enough of these joke/puzzle thingies in my old life that I get them immediately now.
    In my case, I'm deliberately being self-deprecating.

    The age issue comes up. No reason to hide it; I post about personal experiences and that kind of thing, and my age is a factor.

    In the process, I deliberately and consciously try to self-deprecate on the age issue about the same amount that I use the age issue to my advantage. I once read an article about healthy self-importance vs unhealthy narcissism. They said one difference between the two was that in public platforms the former would display a degree of self-deprecation whereas the latter would self-inflate. For example, the latter would talk about accomplishments and the difficulties he has overcome.

    So it’s not humility on my part as such. My self-deprecation is just a social device or social skill, deliberately and consciously applied. I want to be able to talk about my age openly and use it as a factor in my posts and communications with others, but I don’t want to appear puffed-up and stodgy about it in the process.

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    Just start all your posts with "In my day..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Just start all your posts with "In my day..."
    Back when God was still just a corporal...

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    The answer was located square in the middle of your question to put it cheap, much like the physical location that it depicts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineLine View Post
    Quite right. I brain-farted. It's an equilateral triangle where each side is 5 miles.
    Thought so. Perhaps one shouldn't say "duh", in case one makes such mistakes, hm?

    Lol. If you're standing on the North Pole, there's no east or west. There's just south.
    I gathered that much. Sorry, I meant when very close the poles; where travelling east or west would be in a obvious arc, not a 'straight' line as it would ordinarily be (although of course unless you're at the equator it will always be a slight arc).

    And I wouldn't scoff. Apparently I was right to question it, because there is both a latitudinal east/west and a sort of 'true' east/west. I googled it and apparently the Prime Meridian is used to define a relative east and west as well, which comes in handy when asking for directions in Antarctica (or near the North pole for that matter). Here's it explained:

    http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.co.nz/2011...outh-pole.html

    --The guy's starting point is 5 miles away from the North Pole. Since everything on Earth is south of the North Pole, that means he is located 5 miles south of the North Pole.

    --The first leg of the triangle: He walks 5 miles east, which still leaves him 5 miles south of the North Pole. (Basically, on the first leg of the triangle he is circling around the North Pole at a distance of 5 miles.)

    --The second leg of the triangle: Then he walks 5 miles north, which puts him directly on the Pole.

    --The third leg of the triangle: Then he walks 5 miles back to his starting point.

    Trace it in pencil on a globe or a large ball or something.
    This is what I thought you meant.

    (it's still not a proper triangle, though )
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