It’s all very nice that Elayne Riggs refers to me as an A-list blogger, but it’s not true. We weird scienceblog types have to be placed on a completely different alphabet, and I have decided that I want to be on the ζ-list. Mainly because I like the squiggle.

Update your blogrolls appropriately, please.

Also via Elayne, I had to try this site that lets you figure out where you’d end up if you dug a hole through the center of the earth. I have discovered that there is a place more remote, empty, and isolated than Morris, Minnesota: it’s the center of the Indian Ocean. Although it probably does have cephalopods, so it’s a bit of a toss-up.



  1. micheyd says

    I’m from Bermuda, and if I dig a hole outside my backyard…I end up near Perth, Australia! That is so awesome! I might have to swim a couple miles, but it would be worth it.

  2. Grumpy says

    The most remote place in the ocean, “Point Nemo,” is located in the South Pacific at 48°50′S 123°20′W, over 1600 statute miles from the Pitcairn Islands or Easter Island.

    Bring your water-wings.

  3. Jon H says

    “The most remote place in the ocean, “Point Nemo,” is located in the South Pacific at 48°50′S 123°20′W, over 1600 statute miles from the Pitcairn Islands or Easter Island.”

    And that’s in the vicinity of the supposed location of the sunken island of R’Lyeh, where Cthulu sleeps.

  4. says

    Doesn’t anyone remember the old easter egg in the Map control panel from old-timey MacOS? The map asks for your location to set various system parameters, and one can enter “middle of nowhere” …

  5. SV says

    I can’t find the reference, but I remember reading that the existence of continent of Antarctica was predicted because the Arctic was ocean. Geographers in the early 1700’s supposedly concluded, because the antipodes of all known major landmasses were oceans, that there was a physical law that “required” some sort of land/ocean balance.

    But it was just a coincidence.

  6. says

    Well, how cool is that? My kids have just learned that you can’t dig a hole to China unless you start from Argentina or Chile or perhaps Uruguay.

  7. Joshua says

    The most remote populated area is… *drumroll* Hawaii! My birthplace. I can’t remember now where the next populated area is, but it’s one of those tiny, tiny Pacific atolls. Johnston or Wake, and even those are over 1200 miles away.

    You wouldn’t guess from how gentrified a lot of it is now, though. ;)

  8. Greco says

    My hole would end up somewhere off the coast of Japan, apparently.

    “Are you concerned about where you go to arrive if you dig a very deep straight infinitous hole on Earth?” asks Brazilian grad student Luis Felipe Cipriani.

    Okay, I think I should call USP and tell them someone has way too much time on his hands.

  9. Membrane says

    I’ve always been fond of あ, which looked to me like a passion fish impaled by a cross.

  10. says

    I want to be on the zeta-list too, but that’s because I like the functions. Though maybe I should be on the L-list instead, on the grounds that it’s more relevant to algebraic number theory.

  11. Tatarize says

    Odd factoid, if you dig a hole through the Earth from *ANY* part of Australia you will not hit land. If you lived in Perth you could swim to Bermuda but it’s North Atlantic for everybody.

    I heard that and spent the next two hours on Google Earth checking Lat and Longs, damned if it ain’t true; there is not even a damned atoll.

  12. says

    This seems like as good a time as any to quote Ana Ng by They Might Be Giants:

    Make a hole with a gun perpendicular
    To the name of this town in a desktop globe
    Exit wound in a foreign nation
    Showing the home of the one this was written for

  13. Fernando Magyar says

    “A National Geographic study concluded that 11% of Americans 18-24 can’t find the US on an unmarked map. 70% can’t find New Jersey.”

    Hmm maybe there IS a good reason for the government to be targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only sex education programs. On second thought maybe they don’t have to…

    Oh, and my apologies to all the fine folk who live there, but are they sure that the 70% of those who can’t find Jersey are really trying? Ok,ok I’ll admit that I lived in NYC for way too many years.

  14. says

    LOL! You’ll always be A-list to me, Dr. Myers, no matter how many squiggles you employ. After all, I am but a simple layperson and therefore don’t get the joke…

  15. jrochest says

    But if you start out in Saskatchewan, you wind up on the Heard Islands, well south of Austrailia and just north of Antartica.

    Hardly seems worth the effort.

  16. says

    I’m pretty sure that anyone in the lower 48 ends up in the Indian Ocean – I can’t even determine any spot in the continental US that hits any identifiable island (although there is a chunk of Alberta that hits something labeled “French Southern & Antarctic lands”).

    I did find a spot in rural Eastern Colorado that hits an unlabeled island. I have a relative who lives in La Junta, CO, and it’s arguable whether or not an unlabeled island in the Indian Ocean is more remote than a location which looks to La Junta as the nearest populated area.