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Dec 22, 2005

Lawrence, Kansas: Center Of Google's Earth

"A lot of people think that Kansas is in the middle of nowhere," Boog Highberger, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Kansas told Journal-World, "I prefer to think that we're in the middle of everywhere. And Google apparently agrees."

Someone, apparently with free time to sit and ponder such things, decided to start up Google Earth, and push the zoom button until they got to a recognizable place. What did they see? Lawrence, Kansas. Technically, the Meadowbrook Apartments, near the campus of Kansas University -- the ultimate center of Google's Earth.

But why Kansas, and specifically, why Lawrence Kansas? Well, a spokesperson for Google explained that it's no accident. Brian McClendon, director of engineering for Google Earth is a 1986 graduate of Kansas University.