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Crossing the Equator

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Also known as a “Crossing the Line” ceremony, this irreverent tradition originated more than 400 years ago and was popularized by the crews of European naval ships and merchant marines that crisscrossed the equator in the 19th and...

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It may be only an imaginary line bisecting an imaginary plane, but the equator does more than simply divide the Northern and Southern hemispheres. For starters, it’s the line of demarcation for the seasons in each hemisphere. It’s...