Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cue The Seething

Just when you thought it was safe to set your watch...

Muslim call to adopt Mecca time
Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth. Mecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers.

The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice.

Mecca Meridan Time? I am five hours behind GMT and Mecca is three hours ahead of GMT. I figure Hawaii is about on the opposite side of the Earth from Mecca. Honolulu is 157 degrees, 50 minutes west longitude, Mecca is 39 degrees, 45 minutes east longitude. Close enough.

I propose creating the Honolulu Meridan. Likewise, whenever you pray, face Honolulu. Now your ass is facing Mecca.

One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca's was in perfect alignment to magnetic north.

He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.

I'd say that geologist's head was in perfect alignment with the crack in his ass. Prepare for insertion in three, two, one ...

A prominent cleric, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawy, said modern science had at last provided evidence that Mecca was the true centre of the Earth; proof, he said, of the greatness of the Muslim "qibla" - the Arabic word for the direction Muslims turn to when they pray.

[...] The underlying belief is that scientific truths were also revealed in the Muslim holy book, and it is the work of scholars to unearth and publicise the textual evidence.

I assume that before too long we'll be treated to such Islamic scientific breakthroughs as "The Creation Falafel."

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