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# I am, at present, from the place of my birth ...

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< 1% of the circumference of Earth
1 to 3% of the circumference of Earth
4 to 10% of the circumference of Earth
11 to 25% of the circumference of Earth
26 to 50% of the circumference of Earth
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## I am, at present, from the place of my birth ...

• #### Re:Which circumference? (Score:5, Insightful)

on Saturday December 24, 2011 @10:05AM (#38481386)

But its circumference is remarkably constant.

+/-0.08% is not remarkably constant?

• #### Re:Which circumference? (Score:2, Insightful)

by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 24, 2011 @11:50AM (#38482122)

How far am I really then because I'm only 0.005489685% the circumference of the Earth from my place of birth? My distance is less than the error.

Yep, I live 2.2 Km from where I was born. The hospital's been torn down and replaced by an old age home. Maybe I'll be able to go back there to die one day.

• #### Re:Half of circumference? (Score:4, Insightful)

on Saturday December 24, 2011 @12:49PM (#38482594)

As if French and Spanish were only spoken in France and Spain.

• #### born in paris, living in columbus OH (Score:2, Insightful)

on Saturday December 24, 2011 @02:31PM (#38483432)

that's about 7200Km away. The earth's circumference is roughtly 40000Km. So that's about 18%.

I am surprised, there are so many 1%, since roughtly being in an other city than were you were born, gives more than 1% (even in a small country like France). But I guess christmas season skews the data.

• #### Re:I'm surprised how low most people are (Score:5, Insightful)

on Saturday December 24, 2011 @03:11PM (#38483738)

It's Christmas Eve. Figure it out.

• #### At christmas time? (Score:4, Insightful)

<slashdotNO@SPAMzigmonty.postinbox.com> on Saturday December 24, 2011 @04:47PM (#38484398)
Seriously, this is the worst time for this poll. I normally live 2.5% away, but because it's christmas, i'm currently like 1 km from where i was born.
• #### Re:born in paris, living in columbus OH (Score:4, Insightful)

on Saturday December 24, 2011 @04:49PM (#38484410)
Both Washington DC and Boston are within 240 miles of New York City. London is within 240 miles of Paris.
• #### Re:Half of circumference? (Score:5, Insightful)

on Saturday December 24, 2011 @06:25PM (#38484998) Homepage Journal

I guess in that case most people in Europe would have to learn a new language to move a significant percentage away from their place of birth.

I am pretty sure that most Europeans know at least two languages, and quite often three. I know we had to be fluent in two and able to converse in one more language before leaving junior high school.
Unfortunately, the same can not be said for all the possible places to move to, but these days, you can expect to survive with one of your languages (most likely English or Spanish) until you learn the native language.

Culture is a far bigger problem. I moved from a western European country to USA twelve years ago, and I'm still not assimilated or even comfortable with the differences, and don't think I ever will be. Culture (or, in this case, lack thereof) is a real stumbling block. But you don't think about that when you move.

• #### Re:Circumference (Score:5, Insightful)

on Saturday December 24, 2011 @07:59PM (#38485510)

If you have moved from Scotland to the South of England, you are probably just over 1%.

The different between England and the United States: In England, 100 miles is a long distance. In the United States, 100 years is a long time.

• #### Re:% unknown, too lazy to do the math (Score:4, Insightful)

on Saturday December 24, 2011 @08:48PM (#38485722)
In many countries it's customary to use the decimal as the digit group separator. When he said "10.000" it's the equivalent of "10,000" in North America and UK. I figured this out not because I am familiar with European conventions, but because I have enough faith in humanity to trust in a random stranger's math abilities.
• #### Re:Half of circumference? (Score:4, Insightful)

on Sunday December 25, 2011 @01:20PM (#38488676)

People in France could go to Quebec, Canada, or a few other countries.

Ze ozer Canada is hardly Canada. If you lived here for a day, you'd understand.

• #### Re:Half of circumference? (Score:3, Insightful)

on Sunday December 25, 2011 @01:57PM (#38488902)

I moved from a western European country to USA twelve years ago, and I'm still not assimilated or even comfortable with the differences, and don't think I ever will be. Culture (or, in this case, lack thereof) is a real stumbling block.

I'm have no problem with your dislike of US culture, but that *is* your choice. It's pointless to moan about the US not conforming to your definition of culture.

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