We all look at records for first and last, top and bottom, largest and smallest, and left and right. Sometimes it is its own reward to be in the middle. Here are a few examples of things that celebrate being in the middle.
Next week, July 2, at noon is the exact middle of the year. It has
182 days before it and 182 days following.
There is a obelisk monument located at U.S. Highway 2 and North
Dakota Highway 3, in Rugby, North Dakota, United States that claims
to be the middle of North America. Rugby was named after the town of
Rugby in Warwickshire, England (yes, where rugby football was born).
It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) from the geographic center of
North America, but that is close enough according to locals. (The
Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States is located about
two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas.)
A view of the picture below shows a monument in Ecuador dedicated to
being the center of the globe. It commemorates the 200th anniversary
of the French Geodesic Mission which charted the equator and
measured the shape of the earth. The San Antonio de Pichincha, Mitad
del Mundo also has a painted line on the pavement marked Latitude
0° 0' 0", where visitors take a photo straddling both hemispheres.
The original calculations have been proven incorrect by more
accurate modern technology and the actual equator line runs about
240 meters north of the monument, but that is close enough for
At exactly 45 degrees latitude, 90 degrees longitude, in the town
of Rietbrock, Wisconsin, Untied States is the exact center of the
Northern half of the Western Hemisphere. It is here that the 90th
Meridian of Longitude bisects the 45th Parallel of Latitude meaning
it is exactly halfway between the North Pole and the Equator and is
a quarter of the way around Earth from Greenwich, England. The
marker is about 1063 feet away from the actual 45x90 spot, but that
is close enough for the locals.
The equator monument, is at Pontianak on the Indonesian side of the
island of Borneo. This monument marks where the exact middle of the
world used to be.
Due to constant global shift, the true Equatorial line was recorded
a short distance south of the monument and, according to GPS
readings, the line continues to move south, but that is close enough
for the locals.
Before you ask, there is no middle of the universe. According to
standard theories of cosmology, the universe began about 14 thousand
million years ago and has been expanding ever since. Expansion is
the same everywhere, it is not expanding out from a center into
space, but is expanding equally at all places. So I have come to
the end of the middle, Happy July.