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Sunday, September 02, 2007

The Sunday Funnies

: A reader from South Africa.

Source: A reader from South Africa.

Source: Ellustrator.

Translation: The caption says: "We can find out about the Lomonosov spine/ridge through the use of an x-ray machine." Explanation: It's a play on words. The extension of the so-called "Lomonosov Ridge" into the Arctic Ocean is the basis for Russia's recent claim to a large portion of the Arctic sea floor. The Russian word for "ridge" also means "spine". Lomonosov -- pictured in the cartoon -- was a 18th century scientist-writer (something like a Russian Benjamin Frankin, a Russian renaissance man).

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