The North is not the North, it's the South, and the South is not the South, it's the North. That's the startling revelation from scientists who claim that all maps hitherto drawn are upside down.
The claim was made in Junior Scientist Weekly, a publication aimed at 13-14 year-old 'boffins', and says that, for as long as 'big globes' have been produced, we have assumed that Greenland is at the top of the world, and that Australia is at the bottom. This is not the case.
In the magazine, Professor Joshua Archimedes of Leeds University, writes:
"If you take the Earth and spin it on its axis 180 degrees, things look a lot different, and no, things will not fall off into space!"
Chief contributor to the report, Prof. Archimedes is a specialist lecturer in Rotational Science and has a massive collection of spinning tops at home which he regularly spins for fun. It's thought that this is how he developed his theory.
Others have ridiculed his ideas, and say that, from space, the North Pole always appears to be at the top of the world, whereas the South Pole is regularly at the bottom.
Dr Albert Einzweidrei, of Oxford University, told The Spoof:
"If true, this could have serious repercussions for the North/South divide."