The Southern Half of the Earth

June 14th, 2010 by Potato

XKCD has a comic up today about how lopsided the Earth is: there’s very little land in the southern “half” if you take the equator to be the halfway point (which is the logical way to bisect things). He uses this to poke fun at an old quote by JFK about the battlegrounds for freedom being in the southern half of the earth (when in fact, many were above the equator).

However, to reach for interpretations, if we just look at land mass, and ignore Antarctica, then half the landmass of the planet falls below about the 49th parallel. Looked at this way, his statement is true: the battlegrounds for freedom are in that southern half, below the 49th (which, ironically, includes the US).

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