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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Dig a hole through the earth

Rich at Capitol Fax poses the question:

If I dig a hole straight through the Earth, where does it come out?
Almost all kids have asked that question. The answer isn't China.

Well, everybody from Illinois knows that if you start in Pekin, Illlinois, you do come out in China. Peking, China, that is. Of course, if you start in Athens, Illinois, you'll end up in Athens, Greece. Paris, Illinois, will take you to Paris, France. Cairo, Illinois, goes to Cairo, Egypt. And so on (are there any more?).

And, finally, if you start in the governor's mansion, you find yourself wearing an orange jumpsuit at the Stateville Corrections Facility.

Posted by Marie at September 10, 2005 10:27 PM


san jose. new berlin. panama. lebanon. waterloo. sparta. versailles. carthage. havana... there are many more. browse around on google maps and you'll see tons of them.

what bugs me is that a lot of these towns are deliberately mispronounced. "AYYthens" isn't even the worst of them. san jose is actually "san joe's," versailles is "versails," and the emPHAsis is on the wrong sylLABle in "new BERlin." it's not like we do it only to imported city names though, there's the homegrown city of des plaines or "dess plains."

Posted by: jason at September 11, 2005 8:54 AM

And if you start digging in Peoria, Ill., you come out in ... Peoria, Ill.

It has something to do with the time warp in effect here since the 1950s.

Posted by: Bill Dennis at September 12, 2005 10:44 AM

If you start digging in Peru you wind up in Peru -- And if you start digging in LaSalle you wind up Bolivia.

Posted by: So-Called "Austin Mayor" at September 12, 2005 2:07 PM