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Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 2:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

One day, Norman got kidnapped from his home in Anytown, Anycountry and whisked away on a small jet. The jet flew for quite some time, making big loops and swirls to confuse Norman. Finally, Norman was blindfolded and dropped back to Earth by parachute. When he removed his blindfold and looked around to see where he was, he saw something that made him think that everything he knew about geography was wrong. Poor, confused, lost Norman - how would he ever find his way home? Where did Norman get dropped and why was he so confused?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 2:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was Norman left in...
The northern hemisphere?
The southern hemisphere?
North America?
South America?
Europe?
Africa?
Asia?
India?
Antarctica?
Australia?
The Arctic?
A Pacific Island?
An Atlantic Island?
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 3:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was Norman left in...
The northern hemisphere? this
The southern hemisphere?
North America? and this, specifically
South America?
Europe?
Africa?
Asia?
India?
Antarctica?
Australia?
The Arctic?
A Pacific Island?
An Atlantic Island?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 3:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was Norman left in...
Alaska?
Arizona?
Arkansas?
Etc. Gimme the state if applicable.

Canada?
Mexico?

Was he left someplace where the moss grows on all sides of the trees and the canopy is so think that he can't see the sun?
Larry Troxler (Quackscience)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 3:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there anything relevant about the manner in which he landed? For example, is he hanging upside down?

Is he in a populated area?
Is he in a frozen over area, like Northern Canada?

Is anything he sees or fails to see in the sky relevant?

Was he somehow expecting not to be in North America?

Does he happen to have a compass?
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 4:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was Norman left in...
Alaska?
Arizona?
Arkansas?
Etc. Gimme the state if applicable. Maine

Canada?
Mexico?

Was he left someplace where the moss grows on all sides of the trees and the canopy is so think that he can't see the sun? no

By Larry Troxler (Quackscience) on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 03:31 pm:


Is there anything relevant about the manner in which he landed? For example, is he hanging upside down? no

Is he in a populated area? yes
Is he in a frozen over area, like Northern Canada? no

Is anything he sees or fails to see in the sky relevant? no

Was he somehow expecting not to be in North America? he wasn't really expecting to be anywhere

Does he happen to have a compass? no
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 4:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is Norman a human? Hedgehog*? Calf? Adult?

* Dinsdale? Dinsdale!
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 4:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there something unusual/local to Maine that would keep somebody from finding their way home? Or at least to an airport?
Larry Troxler (Quackscience)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 4:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are compas directions relevant (N,E,S,W)?
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 4:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is Norman a human? Hedgehog*? Calf? Adult? well, he is named Norman after my cat, but in this story, I suppose he is an adult human. Not really relevant, other than that he should be a person with a basic knowledge of geography.

* Dinsdale? Dinsdale!

By Lisa (Dlcygnet) on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 04:16 pm:


Is there something unusual/local to Maine that would keep somebody from finding their way home? well, the famous "Mainah" expression is "You can't get theah from heah." but no, there is nothing that would keep you from finding your way home or to an airport. the Portland International Jetport is small, but easily accessible. Or at least to an airport?

By Larry Troxler (Quackscience) on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 04:23 pm:


Are compas directions relevant (N,E,S,W)? no
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he unaccustomed to seeing the sun RISE over the ocean? I live on the west coast and I have issues with that sometimes...
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he unaccustomed to seeing the sun RISE over the ocean? I live on the west coast and I have issues with that sometimes... good thought, but no
Larry Troxler (Quackscience)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


Quote:

Are compas directions relevant (N,E,S,W)? no




Grrr. I was sure I had the answer for a minute there!
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Keep trying, you'll get it!
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Norm's knowledge of geography can be considered as standard/generic?

Did he see something man-made? Something living? Something not-man-made-and-not-living?
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Norm's knowledge of geography can be considered as standard/generic? yes. his knowledge of geography is correct

Did he see something man-made? this Something living? Something not-man-made-and-not-living?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 5:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Had he figured out that he was in north america/maine, would what he saw have been considered out of place? Like seeing the Eifel tower on the beach?
Or perhaps what looked like a dragon? That was just a kite?
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 6:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Had he figured out that he was in north america/maine, would what he saw have been considered out of place? yope, depending on how much he knew about Maine Like seeing the Eifel tower on the beach?
Or perhaps what looked like a dragon? That was just a kite? nothing like these though
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 6:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This man-made thingie, is it bigger than a pack of cigarets? Bigger than a monitor? Bigger than a car? Bigger than a house?

Is it functional? Art/decorative?

Does it look man-made?
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 6:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This man-made thingie, is it bigger than a pack of cigarets? yes Bigger than a monitor? yes Bigger than a car? in what dimension? Bigger than a house? no

Is it functional? yes Art/decorative? only in the sense that it has become a local landmark

Does it look man-made?
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 6:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would one normally associate this object with a different sort of environment? Or a specific terrain? A specific climate? Does it have moving parts? Does it move?
Larry Troxler (Quackscience)
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 6:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is its function related to water?