OT: Shape of the Earth (was Re: CHAT: Religions (was: Visible planets))
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Friday, November 14, 2003, 20:47|
On Fri, 14 Nov 2003 10:16:49 +01,
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote:
> > > In the _Illuminatus_ trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Michael Shea,
> > > which is entirely parodies (and parodies of parodies, I suspect),
> > > we are given the idea that the earth is carrot-shaped, and we all
> > > live on the flat bottom of the carrot....
> > Nah, it's pumpkin shaped :-)
> No no no! As Belvedere pointed out, we know it to be banana-shaped.
Fiddlesticks! The world has the shape of a d20 (an icosahedron)!
This was the standard answer of a friend from a roleplaying group
which has fallen apart since; he was, BTW, in the process of designing
a world that was actually icosahedron-shaped (which unfortunately
never went anywhere); then there are of course the unforgettable
icosahedral world maps of the Traveller RPG (actually, the idea
dates back to R. Buckminster Fuller) and the icosahedron-shaped
Earth in the RPGA logo.