# $60,000.00 question 1. Jun 22, 2004 ### RAD4921 Does the Earth rotate clockwise or counterclockwise? 2. Jun 22, 2004 ### check Depend's on where you're looking at it from. Looking down on it above the North Pole, it's counterclockwise. Above the South Pole, it's clockwise. 3. Jun 22, 2004 ### RAD4921 To Check You got it! The Earth is rotating both clockwise and counterclockwise depending on which pole you are looking at. 4. Jun 22, 2004 ### check Nice. Now when do I get my$60,000?

5. Jun 22, 2004

### chroot

Staff Emeritus
Is this supposed to be a difficult question or something?

- Warren

6. Jun 22, 2004

### check

Difficult or not, I want my \$60,000!

7. Jun 22, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

You're all wrong - it rotates west to east.

8. Jun 23, 2004

### Phobos

Staff Emeritus
As a forum moderator, I get a 10% cut of this deal.

9. Jun 23, 2004

Diificult question???

The question is not difficult if you think about it. The question was meant to catch people off guard who jump to conclusions. Anothe question is what president is on the one hundred dollar bill and the answer is no president. Not a difficult question if you think about but one that can easily be missed by reaching for what appears to be the obvious (quit breaking your arm patting yourself on the back) As for the 64 grand... I owe money to a list of people as long as my arm... sorry but get in line:)

10. Jun 23, 2004

### chroot

Staff Emeritus
In the future, please place "brain teaser" type questions -- even if, like this one, they barely even tickle the mind -- in the Brain Teasers forum.

- Warren

11. Jun 25, 2004

### Phobos

Staff Emeritus
At least to the luminaries at PF.
'Tis scary how many layfolk have no clue about it.

12. Jun 25, 2004

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Who said the Earth rotates ? Hogwash !

The Earth is a pentagon with 6 corners swimming on the surface of a torus (which is something like a bull, I believe).

www.flat-earth.org/

13. Jun 25, 2004

### Njorl

All my clocks are digital, so nothing rotates clockwise. I now refer to things rotating toiletwise or counter-toiletwise. This becomes confusing when I converse with those on the other side of the equator.

Njorl

14. Jun 25, 2004

### The Bob

We do have a laugh, don't we?

The Bob

15. Jun 25, 2004

### chroot

Staff Emeritus
Njorl,

Unless your southern friends buy their toilets from the same company as you.

- Warren

16. Jun 26, 2004

### mercmisfire

boy, am I about to sound like a dumbass

well, considering that most people here seem to think this an absurdly easy question, I may be in for some ridiculing, but here goes : 1) I assume that the earth itself (the phsyical land mass) moves in only on direction -- if not, then I'm screwed and give up, (2) as to why it would appear to be moving different directions, I can only hazard a guess -- please tell me if I am right : the earth is a sphere and so narrows as one approaches the poles; the earth will have the greatest speed where it is widest -- that is, at the equator, and have speeds diminishing equally on both sides of the equator as one approaches the poles (narrower earth = less distance covered in same time (one day) = slower speed) --> air leaving the equator will maintain the eastward speed it had at the equator, but, as the earth slows, will appear to be moving faster eastward than the earth --> thus, looking straight on at the earth, all air moving north or south will be deflected to on'e right side (if one drew a line from the equator the north it would go right; if one drew from the equator to the south, it would go right) --> looking down at the right curving air (that is, looking from the north), it will appear to be turning left (counterclockwise) --> looking up at the right curving air (that is, looking up from the south), the air will appear to be moving right (clockwise). Is this correct ?
-->merc

17. Jun 26, 2004

### Tom McCurdy

Gokul43201 that really is a funny organization

18. Jun 26, 2004

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Hmmm...not really. This really has nothing to do with winds or with the shape of the Earth. Take any object spinning about some axis. Look at this object from one end of the axis and then from the other....and you'll see !

19. Jun 26, 2004

### mercmisfire

oh hell I'm stupid

I can be really friggin obtuse sometimes; in my whole lengthy explanation, I ended up saying that the winds move the same direction (the direction that the earth is spinning) and that that same direction looks different depending on how you are oriented -- what I failed to realize is that if I just said the earth is rotating one direction and looks different depending on how you are oriented, it would be the same thing.
punching myself for always making things more complicated,
-->merc

20. Jun 26, 2004

### chroot

Staff Emeritus
Take a wall clock in your hands. Look at the direction the hands of the clock are moving -- clockwise, of course. Now turn it around, so you're looking at the back of it. Visualize which way the hands are moving. Notice that it's counter-clockwise when seen from the back.

- Warren