I am proud to announce that Curiosity Corner has found a home away from home in the blogsophere right here on Rob’s Megaphone. My friend and former colleague Dr. Jerry D. Wilson has been publishing his column: Curiosity Corner as a weekly newspaper column and has now graciously agreed to let me run Curiosity Corner. Let me know what you think. Feel free to contact Jerry as well. His contact information is included below.
Getting to know the lay of the land
Dr. Jerry D. Wilson
Emeritus Professor of Physics
Here’s a pop quiz on some curious geographical facts. See how many you know. Have your Atlas handy.
1. The longest, undefined boarder is between what two countries?
2. Does any part of Canada lie south of any of our states (neglecting Alaska)?
3. In what direction is Nova Scotia, relative to Maine?
4. Does Bermuda lie directly east of Florida?
5. Which continent lies in all four hemispheres — northern, southern, eastern and western?
6. Where is the one place that four state boundaries come together, and what are the states?
7. What is the largest state in area east of the Mississippi?
8. Does South America lie southeast or southwest of Savannah, Ga.?
1. United States and Canada, 5,527 miles long.
2. Yes, the southernmost part of Canada (Ontario Province) is south of the northernmost part of Pennsylvania and about 150 miles from the Mason-Dixon Line.
4. No, Bermuda lies almost directly east of Charleston, S.C.
5. Africa, with the hemispheres defined by the equator and the Greenwich meridian.
6. “Four Corners,” the intersection of the borders of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
8. Southeast. Relative to a north-south line, almost all of South America lies east of Savannah.
C.P.S. (Curious Postscript): Without geography, you’re nowhere. Anon
Curious about something? Send your questions to Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, Science Division, Lander University, Greenwood, SC, 29649, or for e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected questions will appear in the Curiosity Corner. © JDW