No mystery

The autumnal equinox edition of the annoying 4x-yearly news story “The reason for the seasons” made its usual appearance this week. On the web. On news radio — even on the BBC World Service.

Is this really not common knowledge? That the earth’s axis of rotation is tilted relative to the plane in which the earth orbits the sun? Is this long-winded explanation really needed? Four times a year? Haven’t we all heard it by now? Didn’t most of us first learn it in middle school? It’s not like having to explain quantum computing.

And in a few weeks, we will get a rerun of the history of Daylight Saving. Apparently, it has something to do with softball.

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