Ever wondered how we would cope with a flat world. (Yes I know it is not really flat. Took me a couple of weeks to get over it.)
Just think you could have fun travelling to all four corners of the earth. And what happens at the edge? Do you just stop or can you fall off? Falling off would add a new dimension to space travel. No need to waste lots of money building big rockets and using lots of fuel. All you need to do it sail to the edge of the world and fall off. Much easier, less fuel, more environmentally friendly and easy enough to do when you have nothing better to do and are sailing near the edge of the world on a Saturday afternoon. Discovering countries by going the wrong way around the world would not work any more. And no trips all the way around in 80 days either. Though new journeys would be possible; travel the perimeter of the world or one of the two diagonals. I am sure all the new journeys would be much more fun than what we have had in the past. Just do not expect to be able to travel from China to Mexico as quickly as you would with the world round. Goods from one side of the world would be able to sell for far greater prices having to come from so far away. Those exotic goods would become even more exotic. Relationships between countries like America and Japan would be a lot further stretched with the further distances having to be travelled.
Then we come to those poles. A compass would not really work anymore. Think about it. Put the north pole in the centre of the up most side of the map and take this as where north is as you always have. Now let us say go to the right side of the world. We want to got to the top right corner. Now being on the side this is easy, we just follow the edge. But what if we were in a little way. If we got our compasses out and pointed it north, we would slowly find ourselves travelling to the left as well as up. So instead of ending in the top right corner of the map, as we wanted. We would end up in the top middle area of the map. A new method of direction finding would have to be used.  Another question that just cropped into my mind, a strange place for any question to go. How would a flat world rotate around the sun ? And where would the sun rise and set.  The easiest way to solve this would be to stop revolving around the sun and get the sun to revolve around us, very much like the moon does now. It would then shine brightest on the side that the sun was going around at the time. The world being flat and the sun being very big would mean that we would see the sun all the time. So we would not have a sunrise or sunset anymore, just a nearer and further away sun. That part of the day when the sun being further away being a little dimmer than when it is near. The next thing is the water, which is controlled very much by the rotation of our planet amongst other things. Well with the sun revolving around us there is no need for us to rotate. No need for our flat world to move at all. This of course will stop the water swirling down the plug hole in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. With all this revolving and rotating gone, we should hopefully get rid of things like hurricanes and tornadoes too. Hopefully the sun can get around the earth as quickly as we used to rotate on our axis, so the length of a day stays the same. Would not want that to change too much. But unfortunately without us moving around the sun the months and years will have disappeared. A very slight drawback really. No need to know what day it is, we can get on with life without knowing it is Saturday. Though it would be very hard to take that Saturday sail off the edge of the world. Once you start taking all these facts into consideration you begin to notice that a flat world does not sound as much fun as it did at the top of the page. You would not be able to cross the date line and gain or loose a day. Globes would stop selling as well as compasses. We would not think that the people in Australia are upside down. They would just be a long way down the world. We should not really call it south any more!   Another problem solved by the flat world is of course the millennium bug, with no real way record a year, there would be no problem.  And should the world be completely flat? Not just the loss of the globe shape, but a loss to all those mountains and hills too. Do we let nature get away with mole hills? Or should it be flat is flat?
Without these hills to walks up and mountings to climb up it would take a bit of fun out of the world. What would all the hill walkers and mountaineers do? No need to build bridges across canyons (they would not be allowed either) or tunnels through mountains. So at least we would save some money on the construction of our roads and railways.
With lots of open spaces we could lots of windmills as the wind would not have anything blocking its path beside the odd building or tree. How flat is the earth? Should there be some thickness to it? Or is flat, flat? A Wafer thin world would be a problem, you would dig down to bury your dead next door neighbour and open up a hole in the world! At least you could just drop them through and not worry about him. But if it was a relative, it is sometimes nice to visit their graves. You could not do that if they were just dropped through a hole. Not much foundation for buildings or plants either. A wafer thin world would not be able to take a lot of weight. Really big buildings might be too much for it and just drop through. Think of all those people, pets mice, goldfish and cats that would be lost. And if a building did fall through you would want to make very sure that it was not the bank holding your money.  If the world was this thin, you would have to watch what you ate too. You would not want to go falling through because you are too heavy!

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