Some stupid questions:

Where, exactly, is Mecca? I mean… the world is round. It can’t be East from everywhere.
Why is it important to face Mecca? Is god hard of hearing? Will your prayers have the opposite effect if you face the opposite direction?
Does it matter which latitude you are at? Do people towards the North and South poles need to face Southeast and Northeast respectively? What about somebody who is *at* one of the two poles? Every direction you can possibly face at the North pole is South. There is no East. Are those places forbidden lands?
I just want to know why this is such a big deal that it’s making the news that prison guards put up arrows pointing the wrong way for Muslim prisoners.

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