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Columbus demonstrated that the world is not flat.
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  • CK
  • Sep 28th 2010, 10:29
Columbus proved that the world is not flat.
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Sentence #54858

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Columbus proved that the world is not flat.

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FeuDRenais
Sep 28th 2010, 00:01
Wasn't it Magellan?
FeuDRenais
Sep 28th 2010, 00:02
Well, Columbus was notorious for stealing other people's credit. I suppose this is an example of that.
kebukebu
Sep 28th 2010, 00:24
Wikipedia has some information about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fl...historiography

Basically, it says that most people during (and before) Columbus's time already believed the earth was spherical, but they had misjudged the size of the sphere (thus why Columbus thought he had reached the East Indies, when he had in fact only reached the Bahamas).
FeuDRenais
Sep 28th 2010, 00:44
I'm biased by the indirect French translation, which uses the world "proved".
FeuDRenais
Sep 28th 2010, 00:44
Grrr... CK. Your deletion of comments makes it look like I'm talking to myself.
FeuDRenais
Sep 28th 2010, 00:46
But I don't think he demonstrated it, either. He didn't even cross all the meridians, like Magellan had.

Magellan :-)
Columbus :-(
blay_paul
Sep 28th 2010, 00:49
> The sentence doesn't claim that Columbus was the FIRST person
> to demonstrate this.

If you're going to be like that then _I_ demonstrated the world is not flat. I sat on a beach and watched a ship go over the horizon.
FeuDRenais
Sep 28th 2010, 00:56
It wasn't the horizon, Paul. The ship was just too far for you to see :-)
blay_paul
Sep 28th 2010, 01:02
> It wasn't the horizon, Paul. The ship was just too far for you to see :-)

*Pfft* Bottom bit goes first, top bit goes last. Either I was watching ships go over the horizon, or every ship that left that port sunk in a terrible tragedy. :-P
FeuDRenais
Sep 28th 2010, 01:05
You must have been in Bermuda.
FeuDRenais
Oct 3rd 2010, 01:13
I'm tagging this as a "Lie", after all. The world was proven to be round by Magellan, who came *after* Columbus.

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