Of Platitudes and Horse Latitudes

Aug 22, 2019 · 6 min read
The thought-provoking and excellent author Scott Berkun shared a list of the top 100 most annoying platitudes. I wanted to share part of that list and ask you what the most annoying platitude you’ve ever heard is.
  • Good things come to those who wait

Perhaps platitudes like those listed above — and liek the ones that you have to try hard not to laugh out loud at when you hear them — have led to the creation of the pure awesomeness of Despair.com:

In fact if you follow the wrong or incorrect set of platitudes, you might find yourself at the wrong or even the opposite latitude of where you expected to be. Some people call those unintentional destinations the “Of Course Latitudes,” as in: Of course you ended up there since you never evaluated or thought critically about your inner dialogue or the latitudes you used as your daily mantra.

When the trade winds didn’t take ships and their crews on the planned route they had established, occasionally those people would find themselves in the Horse Latitudes.

Horse Latitudes? Isn’t that just another odd song from the Doors?

No. Horse Latitudes “ are subtropical regions known for calm winds and little precipitation:

The horse latitudes are regions located at about 30 degrees north and south of the equator. These latitudes are characterized by calm winds and little precipitation.

The horse latitudes are located at about 30 degrees north and south of the equator. It is common in this region of the subtropics for winds to diverge and either flow toward the poles (known as the prevailing westerlies) or toward the equator (known as the trade winds). These diverging winds are the result of an area of high pressure, which is characterized by calm winds, sunny skies, and little or no precipitation.

According to legend, the term comes from ships sailing to the New World that would often become stalled for days or even weeks when they encountered areas of high pressure and calm winds. Many of these ships carried horses to the Americas as part of their cargo. Unable to sail and resupply due to lack of wind, crews often ran out of drinking water. To conserve scarce water, sailors on these ships would sometimes throw the horses they were transporting overboard. Thus, the phrase ‘horse latitudes’ was born (https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/horse-latitudes.html).”

From Airbaja’s video of the Doors’ song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbkrG3TzYCc
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