In this age of who’s offending whom, who’s complaining about having to be politically correct because they are offending whom, and who is too lazy to come up with a better and more accurate term for “politically correct” already because whom says it’s time, there is one segment of the world that has been grossly overlooked by even the most geopolitically sensitive among us: the Southern Hemisphere.
For one, the fact that they’re the Southern Hemisphere in the first place—the bottom of the world, the heel of the globe—is sheer bad timing. If those damn Europeans hadn’t made the first map, the land down under could have been known as the land up over. Bing Crosby’s “Green Christmas” could be the biggest selling single of all time. But first come, first served on latitude. It’s the way of the world, so to speak.
There are repercussions for the flagrantly Hemi-centric lifestyle we North-dwellwers have enjoyed. There is unrest. There are already upside down maps being made…and sold! To the public! Can you fathom the mayhem that would ensue if we were to suffer reversed Carolinas and flipped Dakotas? What kind of America would that be? Not North America, I can promise you that!
So while they’re icing over in July’s winter chill, let’s give our pals on the south side their well-earned day in the sun…lest they disabuse us of our bequeathed super-equatorial privilege.
It's Lonely at the Bottom
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Below you will find a series of questions pertaining to the Southern Hemisphere.
Answer them like the circumnavigator you always wanted to be. Or are, if you’ve circumnavigated the globe. If you have done that, though, what the hell are you doing here?
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I would go to the antarctic with you.
I’d say you’ve checked your Northispheric privilege.
You went to school.
I probably wouldn’t get in a boat with you.
I don’t think I’d want to be on your team in Trivial Pursuit.
Go stand in the corner with an upside-down globe. Come back in three hours and take this again.
What percentage of the world’s population lives in the Southern Hemisphere?Correct
Is the North Star visible from the South Pole?Correct
What is the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere?Correct
São Paulo, BrazilIncorrect
São Paulo, Brazil
What is the name of the Southern Hemisphere’s “northern lights?” (Same phenomenon, opposite pole.)Correct
Which country from each pair is bisected by the equator?
Peru or Colubmia?Correct
Kenya or Nigeria?Correct
Australia or Indonesia?Correct
Uganda or Malawi?Correct
If the globe were flipped, putting Australia in the Northern Hemisphere, where would it lie?Correct
Sahara Desert regionIncorrect
Sahara Desert region
In terms of land mass, Antarctica is:Correct
Larger than CanadaIncorrect
Larger than Canada
Which one of the following statements is true?Correct
Cape Horn is the Southernmost tip of South America.Incorrect
Cape Horn is the Southernmost tip of South America.
Which of these is a circle of latitude that passes through points only in the Southern Hemisphere?Correct
Tropic of CapricornIncorrect
Tropic of Capricorn
Do you live in the Southern Hemisphere?Correct
Only Southies get that point. Gotta throw ’em a bone.