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Old 05-01-2018, 15:43   #1
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Can U B in 2 Different Places?

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result.



The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0º 31' N and LON 179 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899.



"Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line".



Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed The calm weather & clear night worked in his favour.



At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!



The consequences of this bizarre position were many: The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.

The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.

The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.

In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.

This ship was therefore not only in:

Two different days,

Two different months,

Two different years,

Two different seasons

But in two different centuries - all at the same time.
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Re: Can U B in 2 Different Places?

The tale pops up now and again

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...oo-174359.html
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Re: Can U B in 2 Different Places?

Nice story - but NOT 2 different centuries. The 20th century started on 01 January 1901, NOT 01 Jan 1900. Think about it; write down 100 "anythings", (this makes a century). Then number them. You start "one, two", and so on .... until you get to "ninety-nine, one hundred". You don't number the first "anything" as "zero". That's why we are in the 21st Century, even though the date starts "20xx". We are halfway through the 18th year of the 21st Century, which started 01 January 2001. But it's still a good yarn.
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You don't number the first "anything" as "zero".
Obviously not a 'C' programmer!
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Must be a creationist. Only a evolutionists can start something from nothing.
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