The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 April 2006

Drill bits

There's scarcely a hole I dig without wondering how long it would take me to get all the way to China. (And given the slowness with which I dig, I wonder how I'm supposed to live that long in the first place.)

The problem with this, of course, is that there's apparently no place in the US from which you can dig a hole straight through the earth and come out in Chinese territory. If I'm doing the math correctly here, from my perch here at 35.52 north latitude, 97.56 west longitude, the hole should emerge at 54.48 south, 82.44 east, which is a few hundred kilometers southeast of Heard and McDonald Islands, an Australian territory in the Southern Ocean that's a bit too close to Antarctica to suit your average tourist. (I really ought to go there some year, just for the sheer hell of it — not that there's a lot to do.)

Beijing's Tiananmen Square is at 39.56 north, 116.20 east, so its opposite number would be at 50.44 south, 63.80 west, in the Atlantic east of Rio Grande, on the Argentinian side of Tierra del Fuego.

What prompted all this? A visit to, as suggested by Venomous Kate.

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