There is a bear outside of a house, and the house experiences southern exposure from all sides, what color is the bear?

White because your at the north pole, and it's a polar bear.

Anyone else heard this one?

2. Without answering the question, where ever you stand there are the primary 4 directions.

3. Originally Posted by DavidOlya
All winds are south winds at the north pole. You can't even really distinguish east and west from that point.
YES, I agree. This only comes to play if you are standing at the 100% precise point of the north pole... Any other time, there will be an east,west,south,north.

You cant define any direction if there is no North.

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Originally Posted by Swellinfo
YES, I agree. This only comes to play if you are standing at the 100% precise point of the north pole... Any other time, there will be an east,west,south,north.

You cant define any direction if there is no North.
i agree that if you are standing at the precise point of north, than there are only south winds.This is because north itself has been given the definition of the very point you are standing on.

When you are standing at this point, however, you are still faced with four main directions. These points of direction, ahead of you, behind you, to your left, to your right, now require a new definition, because the old one is no longer of any use to us. Therefore you simply assign these directions new meanings for purposes of utility.

Thus, you CAN define direction without north as a reference point, you simply have to pick a new reference point, such as longitude zero. So.... while there are no north winds in the strong sense of the word, it is still necessary to use the points of the compass with a new definition, thus gaining a "north" wind, in the weak sense.

5. Originally Posted by epidemicepic
i agree that if you are standing at the precise point of north, than there are only south winds.This is because north itself has been given the definition of the very point you are standing on.

When you are standing at this point, however, you are still faced with four main directions. These points of direction, ahead of you, behind you, to your left, to your right, now require a new definition, because the old one is no longer of any use to us. Therefore you simply assign these directions new meanings for purposes of utility.

Thus, you CAN define direction without north as a reference point, you simply have to pick a new reference point, such as longitude zero. So.... while there are no north winds in the strong sense of the word, it is still necessary to use the points of the compass with a new definition, thus gaining a "north" wind, in the weak sense.
I agree...

6. ah, but what would the wind thingy read if you were to put one on the north pole

7. so, hypothetically, if you are standing at magnetic north (which apparently changes) what does the compass read? does it just spin in circles or maybe explode in your hand ?

8. Originally Posted by beaner
so, hypothetically, if you are standing at magnetic north (which apparently changes) what does the compass read? does it just spin in circles or maybe explode in your hand ?
Wouldn't it be impossible to stand exactly at magnetic north. It would be like trying to count to infinity. You can always get closer.

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Originally Posted by Swellinfo
Wouldn't it be impossible to stand exactly at magnetic north. It would be like trying to count to infinity. You can always get closer.
Why do you say that? Doesn't there have to be a specific point that attracts the compass? You just keep following the compass and then it switches directions.

10. Originally Posted by Zansurf