Roundabout

There are two places on earth where you can travel any given distance south, the same distance east, and again the same distance north, and find yourself back at your point of origin. One is the north pole. The other is…?

12 thoughts on “Roundabout”

  1. Stumped… – You’d better not say the South pole, coz you can’t travel south from there. I’m stumped…

  2. I know! – You go x distance south, x distance east, and x distance north to arrive at the same point, if you start x distance north over the x distance latitude line. Thus going south to the line, east making a complete circle, and north to your starting point!

  3. WHAT!? – figure this………. if you go north, we’ll call it up, south, we’ll call down, east we’ll call right, and west is left…… if you go up 2, then down 2, laft 2 then right 2 you wind up in the same damn place, that can happen anywhere, what are you ravin about only 2 places in the world. my ass!

  4. Wut r u talkin about?!?!? – Kartsa, that is true, but the question eliminates going “left”, so it cant work everywhere on earth, leaving the rest of us to wonder wut the 2nd place is. every where on earth. my ass.

  5. Wait a minute……. – Wait i have something. It could be anywhere in the world. Think of this: The world is a sphere. If we start from the equator, the circumference of the earth is 24,901.55 miles. That means the distance around. So if we went 24,901.55 miles south, 24,901.55 miles east, and 24,901.55 miles north, you sould end up in the same place. So the answer is: The Equator

  6. … – well, that could work for that distance, but wut about going only 1 mile, or 10 miles? Sure, your thinking is good, but starting on the equator and ending up on the equator doesn’t neccessarily mean that your going to be in the same place.

  7. Wrong – Actually, for each distance within a certain range there would be THREE places on Earth where you could do the stated and end up in the same place. 1) The North Pole (for any distance less than pi times the Earth’s radius. More than that and you can’t go south enough) 2 & 3) X distance north of EITHER X distance latitude line (as TheBlackDrake said). There is one in EACH hemisphere (plus the North Pole) for a grand total of THREE. And that is for any particular distance. If you don’t specify distance, there are infinite places! – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – P.S. I almost forgot: true, there are only three working LATITUDES that work for each distance, but you can be ANYWHERE along that latitude, leaving infinite spots even if the distance is defined! (The North Pole is still only one spot, though).

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