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9th Mar '17 6:00:20 AM pvsage
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* The Universe is the ultimate example. While data shows it to be flat (with no curvature) to the limit of our measurements, its actual shape assuming is finite and has one is unknown and proposals include it being (sort of) funnel-shaped, torus-shaped (read: doughnut), or dodecahedron-shaped.

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* The Universe is the ultimate example. While data shows it to be flat flat[[note]]at least insofar as a two dimensional projection of spacetime can be called "flat"[[/note]] (with no curvature) to the limit of our measurements, its actual shape assuming is finite and has one is unknown and proposals include it being (sort of) funnel-shaped, torus-shaped (read: doughnut), or dodecahedron-shaped.
20th Feb '17 9:46:58 PM Anddrix
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* The ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' in the Creator/MarvelComics adaption originated on Homeworld, a planet shaped like a classroom model of a segment of [=DNA=]; a dozen spheres linked by cylinders, arranged in two connected rows like a ladder.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' in the Creator/MarvelComics adaption originated on Homeworld, a planet shaped like a classroom model of a segment of [=DNA=]; a dozen spheres linked by cylinders, arranged in two connected rows like a ladder.
12th Feb '17 5:59:50 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJvbO_rR07g It's theoretically possible]] for a planet to be ''doughnut''-shaped, if the original protoplanetary lump is spinning fast enough during its solar system's formation. Such a planet's moon might, in addition to oribiting around it like ours does, move in a figure-eight pattern ''through'' the planet's hole, or move up and down through it like a ping-pong ball. Said hole, in addition to presumably experiencing rather powerful tides, would also be very dark and cold due to most sunlight being blocked by the rest of the world, although sufficient planetary tilt would allow for seasons.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJvbO_rR07g It's theoretically possible]] for a planet to be ''doughnut''-shaped, if the original protoplanetary lump is spinning fast enough during its solar system's formation. Such a planet's moon might, in addition to oribiting orbiting around it like ours does, move in a figure-eight pattern ''through'' the planet's hole, or move up and down through it like a ping-pong ball. Said hole, in addition to presumably experiencing rather powerful tides, would also be very dark and cold due to most sunlight being blocked by the rest of the world, although sufficient planetary tilt would allow for seasons.seasons.
* The Universe is the ultimate example. While data shows it to be flat (with no curvature) to the limit of our measurements, its actual shape assuming is finite and has one is unknown and proposals include it being (sort of) funnel-shaped, torus-shaped (read: doughnut), or dodecahedron-shaped.
26th Jan '17 1:11:20 AM Xtifr
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* Robert L. Forward's ''Rocheworld'', two egg-shaped planets orbiting so closely around each other that they share atmosphere, and come to conical points at the ends nearest each other. Oceans can even flow between them under certain circumstances. The oddest thing is that this bizarre world-shape uses ''real-world physics'', and double stars with this configuration have been found.

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* Robert L. Forward's ''Rocheworld'', Creator/RobertLForward's ''Rocheworld'' has two egg-shaped planets orbiting so closely around each other that they share atmosphere, and come to conical points at the ends nearest each other. Oceans can even flow between them under certain circumstances. The oddest thing is that this bizarre world-shape uses ''real-world physics'', and double stars with this configuration have been found.
23rd Dec '16 4:02:00 AM Milarqui
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* In ''[[ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon El Quinto Centenario]]'' (written to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' First Travel), Columbus shows several potential forms, including FlatEarth, a tetrahedron and... ''something'' that looks like an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduardo_Chillida Eduardo Chillida]] statue.
28th Nov '16 6:56:45 PM Omny
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', many planets in the Screaming Vortex have impossible shapes, either due to the Immaterium's reality-warping nature, or because a Deamon Prince shaped it to their whim (one such example is a planet shaped like a giant, grinning skull). One of the most noteworthy planets is "The Hollows", a forge world where the Dark Mechanicus ate away at the southern hemisphere with deep-core mining technology until the entire planet consisting of only an upper hemisphere with a thick, gnarled stem of rock jutting from beneath, making the planet look like a rotten, half-eaten fruit.
3rd Nov '16 10:05:55 PM nombretomado
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* While the planet itself is round, Moth from the HumanxCommonwealth novels has uniquely-shaped ornamentation: it's a ''winged'' world, as it used to sport Saturn-like rings, but these were disrupted by a near-miss from a dwarf planet and split into two sections.

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* While the planet itself is round, Moth from the HumanxCommonwealth Literature/HumanxCommonwealth novels has uniquely-shaped ornamentation: it's a ''winged'' world, as it used to sport Saturn-like rings, but these were disrupted by a near-miss from a dwarf planet and split into two sections.
28th Sep '16 7:31:03 PM PaulA
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** A probable ShoutOut to Creator/HalClement's novel ''Mission of Gravity'' -- see Literature folder.

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** A probable ShoutOut to Creator/HalClement's novel ''Mission of Gravity'' -- see Literature folder.''Literature/MissionOfGravity''.



* Mesklin in Creator/HalClement's ''Literature/MissionOfGravity'' spins so rapidly that it's lens-shaped rather than spherical. However, due to the planet's intense gravity, the density of Mesklin's atmosphere varies so strongly with altitude that refraction makes it look bowl-shaped. The Mesklinites can "see" that the world curves up around them, so they believe that they live in a giant bowl. They are skilled sailors and map-makers and should know better, however when you are measuring distances on a curved surface, there are two different shapes that will make all the math work out (convex and concave). The Mesklinites choose the wrong one for their maps and never notice. The result is perfectly accurate and usable maps based on a fundamentally flawed premise.\\
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Also the Mesklinites living on the northern hemisphere have apparently never before crossed the equator to the other side and therefore didn't know that they were wrong all along.

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* Mesklin in Creator/HalClement's ''Literature/MissionOfGravity'' spins so rapidly that it's lens-shaped rather than spherical. However, due to the planet's intense gravity, the density of Mesklin's atmosphere varies so strongly with altitude that refraction makes it look bowl-shaped. The Mesklinites can "see" that the world curves up around them, so they believe that they live in a giant bowl. They are skilled sailors and map-makers and should know better, however when you are measuring distances on a curved surface, there are two different shapes that will make all the math work out (convex and concave). The Mesklinites choose the wrong one for their maps and never notice. The result is perfectly accurate and usable maps based on a fundamentally flawed premise.\\
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(Also the Mesklinites living on the northern hemisphere have apparently never before crossed the equator to the other side and therefore didn't know that they were wrong all along.) The result is perfectly accurate and usable maps based on a fundamentally flawed premise.
14th Aug '16 12:38:58 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' you have the Halos (''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''), which are ringworlds, the Ark (''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''), which is shaped like a flower, and the Shield World (''VideoGame/HaloWars'') and Requiem (''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''), which are Micro Dyson Spheres.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' you have the Halos (''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''), which are ringworlds, ringworlds; the Ark (''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''), 3}}'') which is shaped like a flower, flower; and the Shield World (''VideoGame/HaloWars'') and Requiem (''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''), which are Micro Dyson Spheres.
10th Jul '16 5:49:12 PM nombretomado
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* Most {{Role Playing Game}}s with a GlobalAirship would actually end up donut-shaped (keep going north and you end up on the same place on the south edge of the map), though ChronoTrigger's credits imply a spherical world.

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* Most {{Role Playing Game}}s with a GlobalAirship would actually end up donut-shaped (keep going north and you end up on the same place on the south edge of the map), though ChronoTrigger's ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'''s credits imply a spherical world.
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