posted on Apr, 27 2013 @ 06:09 PM
What the what? Count me in as another person who recalls Australia being much further South.
1) In elementary school, my teacher(s) made a huge deal about how Australia and New Zealand were all alone out there by themselves to the south.
1a) A huge mystery was how the Aborigines made it to Australia since they would have had to travel a huge distance by primitive means. At current sea
levels there are about 96 miles between the northern tip of AU and Papua New Guinea. Aboriginal migration occurred (40,000-50,000 years ago) in the
middle of the Wisconsin glacial period (~10,000-100,000 years ago). Glacial conditions would mean much lower sea levels and it looks like only 35
miles of sea would have needed to be crossed.
1b) As a child, before I knew anything about what contributes to weather patterns, I used to wonder how the Australian outback was so dang hot since
it was so far south.
2) Not more than 2 years ago, I scouted the northern coast of Australia using google earth to see if there were any sizable cities along the coast. I
had heard that the weather was awful, so not many people lived there. I was interested in moving to Australia, but I didn't not really want to live
in a large city. Anyway, Papua New Guinea was not within 100 miles of Australia at the time.
2b) During my scouting I was surprised to see just how close Tasmania was to Antarctica. It was not at south as the Southern tip of South America,
but it much further than pictured on current maps.
By measuring on google earth, I would say the whole group Australia/New Zealand were about 500-600 miles south of the current position.
As far as Nelson Mandela goes, I recall he was assassinated sometime around 1993 may have been 1994 at or near his election, but I recall my third
grade teacher explaining to us what happened and explaining what was going on in South Africa at the time (that would put it in 1993 or even 1992).
Imagine my surprise when he came up in the news recently. Had you asked me before, I would have told you he was dead.