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Don't try this at home .. ancient means of navigation

I have long been fascinated about the ancient navigational methods of getting from one point to another.

The ancient Polynesia sailor could read waves giving them a roadmap of where they were but they also found that the best way of reading subtle changes in the sea was to use something very sensitive.

I would not suggest you try this on your next sail but they used to rest their testicles on the stern post as they could pick up slight variations in the sea easily.

Have you heard of any unusual navigational methods?

The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out..


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What I am I doing over here? Um...navigating. Yeah that's what I'm doing, navigating.
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Its always worked for me. Those Polynesians had it really easy, getting to use this method where it was warm. Up north (or down south) it can be like getting your tongue stuck on a post. You are on permanent watch until the weather warms up.

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Oh!!!!

You're supposed to rest them on the STERN POST? That explains it.

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It isn't April Fools day till next Tuesday. Is there a link to an paper supporting this navigation method?

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Human beings have an amazing capacity for rationalization.

Perhaps you should come up with a better excuse for straddling the tiller while naked...
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When you don't have a sheep on a long voyage, a stern post may look rather appealing.

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…and, another jackwagon goes on my 'ignore list.'

I have friends associated with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and I'm sure they don't appreciate crap like Nostradamus' spurious posting. It's why they call guys like you 'haole.'
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…and, another jackwagon goes on my 'ignore list.'

I have friends associated with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and I'm sure they don't appreciate crap like Nostradamus' spurious posting. It's why they call guys like you 'haole.'
Ah multihullgirl... I don't need to be abusive but please carry on and put me on your ignore list. You may also want to put the publishing house Penguin and the book the Penguin book of the ocean in there as well.

The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out..


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