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For those of you who ask, "Lawrence? Where the heck is that?" I have this answer:

Finally, there’s proof that Lawrence is the center of everything. Start up “Google Earth,” a free satellite photo mapping program available on the Internet, and you see a distant view of the planet. Use the zoom feature to magnify the planet, though, and you end up with a bird’s-eye view of Lawrence.

“A lot of people think that Kansas is in the middle of nowhere,” said Mayor Boog Highberger, who first heard about Lawrence’s Google distinction a month ago in an e-mail from Georgia. “I prefer to think that we’re in the middle of everywhere. And Google apparently agrees.” - Lawrence Journal-World

Download Google Earth here. It's neato!

Chris

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jeanineers
Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
huh, I ended up somewhere NW of Topeka.
mckitterick
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... definitely not the center of things (except nowhere *g*). I bet you bumped the arrow key while zooming.
jeanineers
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
Nope. Just tried it again with the same result.


Strange...
jeanineers
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh! And I wonder where the center is if you live in the other hemisphere?
mckitterick
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
Hm... I bet the user's location has an effect, eh? Darn, I thought Lawrence was the Center of All Things.
jaylake
Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
"Boog Highberger"?

That sounds like a Hunter S. Thompson character.
mckitterick
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
Another non-coincidence!
curieuse
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
I know! I think it's Indiana St.
mckitterick
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
It's pretty close! So that would make my place the center of the world: cool.
curieuse
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
PS -- I love the snowy icon. :)
mckitterick
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
You mean my new default icon? Yeah, that was early January 2004, big snowstorm. Note the 1/2-inch-thick hunk of ice in my hands. That was still stuck to the car the day after driving home from the airport.

Chris
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