Test your Flyover geographic knowledge with these three “stumpers.” There are no prizes (except for bragging rights).
- The Onion, the satirical publication that bills itself as “America’s finest news source,” was created by two college students in what city?
- What city is home to the Union Pacific Railroad and its parent company, the Union Pacific Corporation?
- In what city would you find an acoustic phenomenon called “The Center of the Universe”?
And here are the answers:
- Madison, WI—The Onion’s first issue was produced on August 29, 1888 by UW-Madison students Tim Keck and Christopher Johnson. Its first headline was “Mendota Monster Mauls Madison.”
- Omaha, NE—The freight-hauling railroad operates 8,300 locomotives over 32,200 miles with routes in 23 U.S. states west of Chicago and New Orleans.
- Tulsa, OK—”The Center of the Universe” is a small concrete circle located in downtown Tulsa. If you stand in the middle of it and make a noise, the sound is echoed back several times louder than it was made. Sounds made from within the circle are extremely distorted when heard from outside of it.