So it’s been 5 weeks since I last posted a Flashback Friday post on my blog. “What in the hell is up with that?”, you ask yourself as you move that cursor over to the unfollow button. Well, first it was just the time I had on Fridays, and now it’s the ideas, or lack thereof. After almost 50 FF posts, I’ve reminisced on quite a bit of the past already… and while there’s still much, much more nostalgia out there waiting to be lampooned in The Nest’s familiar style… it’s getting hard to find topics I already know enough about or that I can quickly research, while also being something I can make funny and entertaining. Flashback Friday certainly hasn’t run its course… but it will probably no longer be an every week feature. I apologize in advance.
That said, me and one of my friends from that other internet place I hang out at were chatting it up a few days ago, and the subject of antipodes came up. If you know what an antipode is, let me assure you they generally don’t come up very often in my everyday conversation… this had to do with a trivia question on a game show, which is still a pretty shitty excuse for talking about antipodes.
An antipode is the spot on the other side of the earth you would end up at if you were to travel in a straight line directly through the earth’s center. For much of the US, our antipode is in that deathtrap known as the Indian Ocean. If you believed those myths about digging a hole to China, well, be lucky you didn’t act on it or you would have drowned instead.
As I was trying to figure out the antipodes of the four capital cities listed in the question as it was presented, I commented on how much easier it would be if I had a globe. It then occurred to me that globes seem to have become one of the forgotten items of obsolescence. When was the last time you saw a real, honest to goodness globe?
I remember we used to sell globes at Mecca every year at Back To School time… but it’s probably been a decade since the last one rolled off of our shelves. Kids don’t need globes anymore when they have instant access to all the maps they want on the internet. A globe is kind of a bulky and awkward thing to have taking up space when it serves no purpose once kids get bored from spinning it around as fast as they can.
I wonder if they even have globes in classrooms anymore. I kinda doubt it, but it’s been a while since I was in school. The last time I was in a classroom, there were no computers to be found. Teachers had to take the class to the computer lab if they wanted us to do things on the Apple IIe. And nobody in the class had a cell phone. When I was in school, the only cell phones were big enough to be considered weapons and banned…
Remember those globes that had the physical ridges for the mountain ranges! Those were a lot of fun to run your fingers across… unless I was the only one who ever had a globe mountain fetish. These kind of globes came in handy for the blind if they were ever looking to traverse a difficult mountain range…
Lastly, to give this post a real Flashback Friday feel, let’s take a look at the role globes played in the awesome music videos of the 80’s!
Annie Lennox had one to spin around in “Sweet Dreams”
Asia used one in the very underrated video for their very underrated song “Heat of the Moment”
And the ever lovable Ringo has all kinds of fun with this globe in the video for Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”
And there you have it, a pseudo-Flashback Friday post on the good ol’ geography teaching aid, the globe! Be sure to keep your globe on its 23 and a half degree axis, and store it in a cool, dry place. No marking out countries we don’t like, scraping the ridges off the mountains, or doing donuts on the annalemma. And study hard, because there will be a quiz on antipodes when you come back to class on Monday.