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View Poll Results: Have you been to the other side of the planet (Earth)?
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Yes 53 votes (89.83%)
I have never left my state 0 votes (0%)
I have never left my country 1 votes (1.69%)
I have never left my continent 5 votes (8.47%)
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Have you been to the other side of the planet?
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Apr 14, 2011, 03:47 AM
 
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Apr 14, 2011, 04:38 AM
 
Well duh - I grew up there.
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 07:00 AM
 
Yes...ish. I have lived in North America and Central America, and been to both coasts (from Charleston SC to Juneau AK, visited both Canada and Mexico, and have been to several countries in the Caribbean. Europe is on my list, as is Oceana, but both are still in the future.

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Apr 14, 2011, 08:43 AM
 
I live in Indiana. From a cultural standpoint, simply visiting either coast of the US is akin to going to the other side of the planet. From a temporal standpoint, it's like traveling forward in time about 25 years.
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 09:36 AM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
Yes...ish. I have lived in North America and Central America, and been to both coasts (from Charleston SC to Juneau AK, visited both Canada and Mexico, and have been to several countries in the Caribbean. Europe is on my list, as is Oceana, but both are still in the future.
Yeah, after reading this I wouldn't mind the OP clarifying what qualifies as other side of the planets. Something requiring an 8 hour plane ride? 16?
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 09:39 AM
 
Live in US, but been to Rome, Paris, London, etc. I could easily leave everything I have to live in Rome or Paris.
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Apr 14, 2011, 09:42 AM
 
Unfortunately, for most of us in North America, the exact opposite side of the planet is in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Antipodes Map - Antipodal location for any map point

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Apr 14, 2011, 09:48 AM
 
Pennsylvania, Rome, Tokyo, St, Petersburg... every opposite is drowning.
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 09:50 AM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
Unfortunately, for most of us in North America, the exact opposite side of the planet is in the middle of the Indian Ocean
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Apr 14, 2011, 09:52 AM
 
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Apr 14, 2011, 10:05 AM
 
We need some confirmation on how literal this thread is going to be.

I've never equated "leaving the continent" with "being on the other side of the planet"...can't think of any continent where that would even remotely be the case.
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Apr 14, 2011, 10:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
Unfortunately, for most of us in North America, the exact opposite side of the planet is in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Antipodes Map - Antipodal location for any map point
Oooh! Perfect.

Doing a quick run through, it looks like for everywhere I've been, to get on the other side I'd need to be in open ocean, except for the Dutch Antilles, which is kinda close to Indonesia.

I've never been to Indonesia.

It does look like you can hit Australia from some Carribean islands, but none of the ones I've been to.
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 10:13 AM
 
People in parts of Spain can hit New Zealand! But the Eastern China/Southeast Asia to South America connection seems the best.

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Apr 14, 2011, 10:14 AM
 
Anyway, the best way I could put it is I've been to two of the three hemispheres I don't live in. (South/Western and North/Eastern)
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 10:17 AM
 
Not a public poll? phail
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 10:54 AM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
People in parts of Spain can hit New Zealand! But the Eastern China/Southeast Asia to South America connection seems the best.
It's interesting that I'd peg Spain as being far from New Zealand, but I'd also peg it as being far from the farthest place from New Zealand, if that makes sense.

What makes it even sadder is that I'm into globes, so you'd think all that distortion free viewing would have given me a better handle on it.
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 01:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
Not a public poll? phail
Hey, I didn't mess it up this time.

I've been to Fiji and New Zealand, so that counts as a) different hemispheres, b) different continents, and c) 12 hour plane rides, so yeah, other side of the world, check.
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 01:05 PM
 
Originally Posted by Andy8 View Post
For most of us, our only shot at going there is extraordinary rendition, so no thanks.

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Apr 14, 2011, 01:24 PM
 
Yupp. Born in the US and have been to Mexico, England, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The Czech Republic and furthest of all; Australia!
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Apr 14, 2011, 01:30 PM
 
I've been to both sides of the Northern Hemisphere. Does that count?
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 01:31 PM
 
I've been to North- and Middle America (incl. Carribean), Europe and Asia.

I have yet to go to South-America, Africa*) or Australia.

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*) I have been to the Canary Islands, which technically could be counted as Africa, but I will count it as Europe :-)
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 03:37 PM
 
I've yet to make it to Asia, Australia, or Antarctica but I've hit the other continents at least once.
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 05:39 PM
 
Been to all continents except Antarctica.
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Apr 14, 2011, 06:55 PM
 
Never been to Zimbabwe, which is apparently the exact other side of the world for me (according the linked antipodes map site).
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 07:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by Andy8 View Post
Yep, been there. Spent a little over a week there back in my navy (submarine) days (1982). I actually enjoyed it for a few days.
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Apr 14, 2011, 08:31 PM
 
Yep.

     
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Apr 14, 2011, 09:15 PM
 
but did you buy the underwear from the vending machine?
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Apr 14, 2011, 10:04 PM
 
Haven't left America yet, but I'll be traveling throughout the world this summer. Should hit London for a week, Cairo for two weeks, Beirut for six weeks, and hopefully a bit of Istanbul.
     
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Apr 14, 2011, 11:18 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Yep.

Which one is you?

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Apr 14, 2011, 11:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
but did you buy the underwear from the vending machine?
my brother, who lived in Tokyo for a few years, told me that the most expensive vending-machine underwear were wore by sweaty men for the extra smell. true story.
     
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Apr 15, 2011, 12:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
Which one is you?
The Asian one.
     
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Apr 15, 2011, 02:16 AM
 
Originally Posted by Sealobo View Post
my brother, who lived in Tokyo for a few years, told me that the most expensive vending-machine underwear were wore by sweaty men for the extra smell. true story.
The pair I bought are still sealed, and will stay that way. The cooties living in them can just sit and fester for all of eternity.
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Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
The pair I bought are still sealed, and will stay that way. The cooties living in them can just sit and fester for all of eternity.
So it's like Schrödinger's cat - you don't actually know if it smells.

i suggest you take it out and give it a big draw, at least once.
     
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Apr 15, 2011, 03:57 AM
 
I live in the UK, never been further than France and that was in School, so I said never left continent as I'm counting Europe as a continent here. I currently don't own a passport and I have no plans to.

So, the other side of the planet, what's it like over there?
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So, the other side of the planer, what's it like over there?
Much, much greener

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So it's like Schrödinger's cat - you don't actually know if it smells.

i suggest you take it out and give it a big draw, at least once.
You first, I'll ship them to you.
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Apr 15, 2011, 11:00 AM
 
Never been out of the Northern Hemisphere, although I came pretty close in Singapore. Aside from that trip, my travel has been in N. America and Europe (including Moscow, which is sort of Asia as well I suppose).
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Originally Posted by ajprice View Post
I live in the UK, never been further than France and that was in School, so I said never left continent as I'm counting Europe as a continent here. I currently don't own a passport and I have no plans to.

So, the other side of the planet, what's it like over there?
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Much, much greener

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Apr 16, 2011, 02:08 AM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
Unfortunately, for most of us in North America, the exact opposite side of the planet is in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

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Yup - but I have been to the Seychelles and Mauritius... about as close as you can get while still being on land.

Also been to Scotland and New Zealand which are quite a ways apart.
     
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Originally Posted by Trygve View Post
Yup - but I have been to the Seychelles and Mauritius...
I've been told Mauritius is a good country to go to if you want to see "non-tourist" North Africa (in contrast with, say, Morocco).
     
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Apr 16, 2011, 03:39 AM
 
NZ, Australia, all over Europe, China, Japan.

edit:
I forgot about Canada and Mexico
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Sadly, I’ve never managed to cross the Big Line and venture into the southern hemisphere. The antipodal point to Copenhagen appears to be somewhere about 1,500 miles southeast of the southern tip of New Zealand in the middle of the ocean—I don’t have any plans to visit there any time soon.

I have been to both the East and West Coasts of the US (plus Toronto), Iceland, all over Europe, and the eastern coastline of Asia (Anshan, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Hong Kong), though.
     
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Apr 17, 2011, 08:52 AM
 
I've been to Thailand. The antipode to that seems to be in Peru somewhere, so it's at least possible to visit, but everything else is in the middle of the ocean. I've been to Spain, but not as far west as you'd have to be.
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Apr 17, 2011, 12:24 PM
 
Not done South America or Oz/New Zealand.
     
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Apr 21, 2011, 06:22 AM
 
Close. I've been to Fiji and Southern Spain. Malaga and Marbella are directly north of the antipode.
     
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Apr 21, 2011, 08:30 AM
 
I've lived in the north eastern United States most of my life, but have had a chance to visit in chronological order: Canada, France, Kenya, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Brazil.
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Born and raised in California. Have been living in Virginia since 1998.

I've been to Canada (Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa), Caribbean (Bahamas, St. Thomas, Bermuda), Mexico, Fiji, France, Germany, Italy, and Luxumburg.

Also been to most U.S. states worth visiting, including Hawaii.

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Originally Posted by subego View Post
I've been told Mauritius is a good country to go to if you want to see "non-tourist" North Africa (in contrast with, say, Morocco).
Mauritius is nowhere near North Africa... it is a small island east of Madagascar and is ethnically Chinese and Indian. Maybe you are thinking of Mauritania?
     
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Lived in Texas all of my life and have been to Italy (Rome, Florence, and Venice); Geneva, Switzerland; Mallorca, Spain; and Aruba.
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