December 24, 2019

North Pole Dance

Timothy Birdnow

The magnetic North Pole has been in motion, and has just crossed the Prime Meridian! and is now in the east.

Will this screw up Santa Claus?  Will the old fat guy crash his sleigh, or misdeliver gifts?

Don't know about him, but I won't lose money betting on the U.S. Postal Service mucking it up!



Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 07:20 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 It's drifting toward Siberia and is almost there. Clearly, Russia is stealing the North Pole. We need to do something about this. Maybe bomb the North Pole before Russia gets it.

Every article I have read starts babbling about the effect of the North Pole's movement on GPS systems, and makes reference to a recent update which was issued for GPS units worldwide. This proves that the media never knows what the hell it is talking about.


The GPS unit works by getting signals from two or more satellites, and doesn't even know that the Magnetic North Pole even exists. It doesn't even know that magnetism exists. It knows only that satellites and satellite signals exist. Updates are issued to correct for minor variations in the orbits of the GPS satellites.

Posted by: Bill H at December 24, 2019 10:12 AM (vMiSr)

2 Yeah, Bill; the media seems clueless about basic science. But then, they are clueless about most everything.

I wonder how long before the Democrats in the House of Representatives open impeachment inquiries of Trump over this; they'll say he sold the pole to Putin...

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 24, 2019 10:16 AM (4eOgw)

3 No, no, guys, you've got it all backwards. Trump sold the North Pole to Little Rocket Man, not Putin (he's still trying to find a way to sell Hillary to Putin, but so far Putin's not falling for that one!). And now that the Pole's still moving, Li'l Kim is pissed, claims the sale was something like the old Brooklyn Bridge dodge, and is rattling his saber again. Koreans, I guess, are slow to catch the joke when it's on them. Just like the Drive-By Media.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at December 24, 2019 03:08 PM (rIYC+)

4 Hmm. Interesting theory!  Yeah; Putin would never want Hillary.  It's like playing Old Maid - and Putin knows who is holding THAT card!

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 25, 2019 11:11 AM (MjT2a)

5 Regarding Santa: I just had the thought that maybe HE's the one who's messing with the North Pole. He's been making the run for so long he doesn't need any maps, and he's trying to throw his competitors off -- think Amazon.com. But it isn't working because they most likely use Google Maps, which uses the GPS system as Bill pointed out.

Actually, I'm not sure what Google Maps uses, because that app locks onto an address faster than my three-year-old Tom-Tom GPS (which I never use anymore). Bill is correct about how the GPS system works, and two or three satellites have to be locked into, and each of them sends out a short signal every few minutes, so it takes awhile to lock in.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at December 27, 2019 10:40 AM (LVmqo)

6 I need to set up Google maps on my phone. With my eyesight I need all the help I can get.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 28, 2019 07:54 AM (6RgXq)

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