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    Frames of reference reference.

    In light of the recent (and past) difficulties and ambuguities in specifying frames of reference in puzzles, I'd like to propose this as THE reference reference:

    "Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
    And revolving at 900 miles an hour
    That's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned
    A sun that is the source of all our power
    The sun and you and me, and all the stars that we can see
    Are moving at a million miles a day
    In an outer spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour
    Of the galaxy we call the Milky Way

    Our galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars
    It's 100,000 light-years side-to-side
    It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light-years thick
    But out by us it's just 3000 light-years wide
    We're 30,000 light-years from galactic central point
    We go round every 200 million years
    And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
    In this amazing and expanding universe

    The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
    In all of the directions it can whiz
    As fast as it can go, at the speed of light you know
    Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is
    So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth
    And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
    Because there's @#$!% all down here on Earth"

    -- Monty Python - The Galaxy Song


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    Re: Frames of reference reference.

    For those interested you can listen to it here

    [FYI, it was written by Eric Idle & John Du Prez, the men who composed the Broadway musical Spamalot ]


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    Re: Frames of reference reference.

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> i love that song.
    <img src=/w3timages/blueline.gif width=33% height=2>

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