Pole Fault

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Julian Griffin writes:


Dear elven folk [I am unsure of the appropriate PC phrase - Dear elf/elfen, Dear elf/elfina, ... - I hope I have not offended]


I was extremely interested in the question that, the very lovely, Mr Fry posed at the end of episode 11 in series "E" - "Endings". Namely, "How many poles are there at the ends of the earth?"


I could not wait the research this topic....


An elf replies...


One of the great joys of working on QI, is receiving e-mails from people with the same inquisitive nature as ourselves. One such came from Julian Griffin in response to our question: "How many North Poles does the earth have?"


Our answer was that we have four: Geographic - where the Earth's axis of rotation meets the surface; also known as 'True North'. Geomagnetic - point where the Earth's magnetic dipole meets the surface. Magnetic - where geomagnetic field lines point vertically into the ground. And the 'Northern Pole of Inaccessibility,' the farthest point from any coastline. All told, we came up with 12 poles that exist somewhere on the Earth's surface.


However Julian took it upon himself to search for further poles. On top of our two geographic poles, two magnetic poles, two geo-magnetic poles, two poles of inaccessibility, two celestial poles and a Ceremonial South Pole, he found two cartographical poles and four, not two, poles of inaccessibility: Northern, Southern, Oceanic and Continental.


He came up with the upper limit of 15 - can you do better? We'd love to hear from you if you can: there's nothing better than hearing from those who will go to the ends of the earth to prove us wrong.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4770780.stm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Pole

http://www.geomag.bgs.ac.uk/poles.html



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Sorry wanted to ask a question about something else but as a new user can't work out how to do a new post. (is this just me?!!!). Moles? Just watched Fridays QI and most photos of moles are of dead moles? Really? Gosh! Tried goolging, no success. They look so alive!

Does the North Pole pub in Ladbroke Grove count?


Never mind all that pole nonsense how do I start a different thread.

yes the world spins yada yada.

But while I'm here, the really I question is why is the core iron, at the same time the last element to give energy in nuclear fusion and the most magnetic.


Yours very A!

Im still no wizeer


what I wanted to say is that counter to the resent QI space and time discriminate between right and left. or is supposed to in the current standard model. I cannot understand why they failed to say this as is not qi but MASSIVELY PERPLEXING!!!

Seems I'm not alone! No one else is commenting on this bird from a reptile "Fact" regarding the question, "what came first the chicken or the egg"? Mr Fry was most assertive on the point that birds were descended from repiles. However in a recent study published Feb 2010, John Ruben, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University said "the weight of the evidence is now suggesting that not only did birds not descend from dinosaurs, but that some species now believed to be dinosaurs may have descended from birds". So Mr fry's hypothesis is not as reliable as he made out!!

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