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Ray Dart answered

It is an "oblate spheroid". Mainly a bit round but flattened (a tiny amount, really) at the poles.

If I remembered this wrongly, feel free to flame me, I don't care.

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Ray Dart answered

मुझे सब कुछ अनुवाद करने के लिए परेशान नहीं किया जा सकता है

I did answer a question to a spammer a few months ago in Hindi (it was an Indian spammer). The mods deleted it. I think they objected to the fact that it said "Go and stick your head in a pig." No sense … Read more

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Ray Dart answered Wesley Crusher's question

Not an answer, but an observation.

Many years ago, there was an Indian Cricketer, Nari Contractor (apart from having to retire from the sport as a consequence of being hit on the head by a cricket ball, delivered by one of the fastest bowlers ever to have drawn breath) he is mainly remembered for his rather … Read more

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Ray Dart answered Firstname Refreshme lastname's question

In the "good old days" they were all given female names. They were considered capricious, unreliable and prone to wanton destruction, so it was a perfectly correct correlation.

Then, they realized that women were not like that ALL of the time, so they alternated between female and sensible names.

(Please don't flame me, I AM joking).

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Ray Dart answered Wesley Crusher's question

The Anglo-American journalist and raconteur Alistair Cooke,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Cooke

once interviewed one of the last living people who had been around during the American civil war. It was in the early 1950's, and he was approaching (or perhaps past) his centenary.

He was expecting a very old man, with fading but interesting memories.

What he got … Read more