When I’m at the beach, gazing at the ocean, I start thinking about the people I know on the other side of it. I imagine looking all the way across the Atlantic to my friends in Europe when I’m on the Jersey shore, or trying to see to Japan across the Pacific from California.
But it turns out this is impossible — not because my eyesight is weak, but because my geography is totally wrong. When I stand and face the Atlantic in New Jersey, it turns out I’m actually looking toward South America, or maybe Africa, but definitely not Europe.
Vox then goes on to explain that what you are looking at depends upon which direction you are looking in.
Stunning finding, isn’t it?