Ok, so everyone (well, almost everyone - story to follow) knows that when it’s cold in the Northern hemisphere, it’s hot in the Southern, and vice-versa.

My question (and this should be easy for any passing-by Aussies to answer) is: Do you call it “winter” when it’s cold? So when it’s “winter” here in the US, it’s “summer” down there?

It strikes me as odd that it could be two different seasons in different places on the planet at the same time. Not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because I’ve always thought of seasons as a time, rather than as a condition. Although, I seem to remember that there are only three seasons in India, not four, and one of them is “Monsoon”. So there you go.

An acquaintence of mine (more a friend of a friend) is notorious for thinking that it’s the same season globally. This is the same guy who, at one of our futuristic roleplaying game sessions, argued about how control rods function in a nuclear reactor. This is amusing to our group because, as the legend of the story goes:

Paul - The rods are stuck in the reactor. Adam - Good, then we don't have to worry. Paul - Yes, you do, because the reactor is going to melt down. Adam - Not with the control rods in it's not. Paul - No, the control rods make the reactor melt down. Adam - No, the rods absorb the radiation to prevent reaction. Paul - That's not how it works! What, do you think you're some kind of rocket scientist or something? Adam - Actually, I have a bachelors degree in engineering, and a masters in nuclear physics, so yeah. Paul - Oh.

I’m sure I’ve got Adam’s actual degrees incorrect, but I do know that he has the credentials to say that he is, indeed, a rocket scientist.

I really need to take a recorder to our games so I can play back some of these gems for you, like the quintessential, “Is that food?!”