2003/03/07
 
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More Shameless Promotion

Here's a weird message I wrote on the Canadian Skeptics Forum. I'm posting it here as my way of telling you that visiting the Forum will be an exciting and interesting way to spend your time today.

A friend and I once considered submitting an article to the National Enquirer stating that in order to get the best night's sleep, you had to sleep with your body aligned east-west or west-east.

You see, if you have your head to the north or south, the curvature of the earth causes your head to experience slightly less (or more) centrifugal force because of the difference in the Earth's radius at that point. So if you're in the Northern Hemisphere and sleep with your head to the north, there's a slight tendency for the blood to drain towards your feet.

The effect is, of course, most pronounced if your head is directly over the North or South Pole, since your brain stays still while your feet go around the Earth in a mere 24 hours.

Incidentally, I know there's no such thing as "centrifugal force". We weren't really striving for scientific rigour, here.

We were going to dress the concept up with a lot of scientific mumbo-jumbo and give it a nifty name. But eventually we concluded that nobody was that stupid. Or if they were, we didn't want to know about it!


I thought up that idea ten years ago. Just think: I've had a full decade to think up even more bizarre ideas. Scary, eh?

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