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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Roadside America: Since 1931, the town of Rugby, North Dakota, has declared itself to be the Geographical Center of North America. A 15-foot-tall monument, flanked by official-looking flagpoles, marks the spot supposedly furthest from any other continent. Bill Bender never believed it. ... "Me and my buddies thought, let's look at a couple of maps," said Bill. "And by our calculations and scientific measurements" -- which Bill said involved a ruler -- "the Center just so happened to be in Robinson, right underneath the iconic Hanson's Bar."

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I'll have a beer anywhere.

#1 | Posted by squinch at 2017-06-18 10:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bill Bender never believed it. ... "Me and my buddies thought, let's look at a couple of maps," said Bill. "And by our calculations and scientific measurements" -- which Bill said involved a ruler...

If the guys only used a ruler on a map to attempt to ascertain the center of North America, wouldn't the center be slightly different depending on whether the guys used a Mercator vs Equirectangular vs Cassini vs Miller projections?

The link almost has me sold on making a road trip stop, especially to visit the nearby Largest Sandhill Crane exhibit.

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-18 10:57 AM | Reply

I wonder if they realize that 2D maps aren't an accurate representation of reality whatsoever.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2017-06-18 01:11 PM | Reply

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