"I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny it'll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downward! The antipathies, I think—" (she was rather glad there was no one listening, this time, as it didn't sound at all the right word) "—but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know. Please, Ma'am, is this New Zealand? Or Australia?" (and she tried to curtsey as she spoke—fancy, curtseying as you're falling through the air! Do you think you could manage it?) "And what an ignorant little girl she'll think me for asking! No, it'll never do to ask: perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere."
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Have you ever wondered where you would end up if you dug a hole right through earth? Wonder no more (at least if you got an internet connection): Luís Felipe Cipriani from Brazil developed a website (www.55fun.com/31.1) based on Google Maps which lets you click on any starting point on the globe. A small info box pops up on which you can click "Dig here." Afterwards you discover the location you would come out at the other end.
I've asked my friend Justin Pfister (blog.justinpfister.com) if he knew some cool places to dig. Indeed, he did!
The only place to dig through the center of the Earth and land in China is the central west half of South America. The Upper half of Chile would be a great place to start.
What if Darwin explored downward by digging a giant hole in Galapagos? He'd end up off the coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.
Does Stonehenge have an important location on the other side of the Earth? That depends how important you think the coast of New Zealand is.
What if everyone in the United States started digging huge holes? They would all end up in the Indian Ocean.
What if the people in Australia wanted to go "down under" too? They would all find themselves in the Northern Atlantic Ocean.
If the Lost City of Atlantis is still sinking through the center of the Earth, where might it come out? It would pop up in or around Australia. Could it be that Australia is the Lost City of Atlantis?
If Japan really starts to run out of space and begins building skyscrapers that go into the ground, they might eventually poke out near Brazil.
During the Cold War, if some people in Russia built some very deep bomb shelters, they would have ended up on the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.
What if the people in Iraq dig too deep into the Earth in search of oil? They will end up in the Pacific Ocean.