The concept of a spherical Earth dates back to around the 6th century BC in ancient Greek philosophy and Indian philosophy.
A reader reminds me that the Hebrew Bible has an early reference to the roundness of the Earth:
[God] who is sitting on the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are as grasshoppers...
-Isaiah 40:22, written 700BC, Young's Litteral Translation
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My favorite headlines from bloggers discussing Microsoft hail-mary marketing for its rejected-by-Intel Vista operating system:
Windows Vista: The Official OS of The Flat Earth Society.
- John Paczkowski
The world is round, says new Vista ad campaign.
- Nicholas Deleon
Microsoft ads to equate Vista-haters with the Flat Earth Society?
- Benjamin J. Romano
Windows Vista as awesome as the Earth is spherical.
- John Brownlee
There is irony in Microsoft's marketing firm trying to equate round Earths with flat sales of Vista, the irony being in the definition of its very name: Vista is a view seen through a long, narrow avenue.
And then there is this headline from Saul Hansell: Microsoft Tries to Polish Vista. I am not sure what Poland has to do with Vista marketing?
Readers at boingboing are photoshopping the Microsoft ad to make it more fact-filled (scroll down to see the artwork).
As Jeff Lynch says on CrunchGear, "Microsoft might be better served spending their $300 million [ad campaign] on making Vista start faster, run better and shut down quicker."