Name that Flyover City! — October 8, 2020

Test your Flyover geographic knowledge with these three “stumpers.” There are no prizes (except for bragging rights). 

  1. The Onion, the satirical publication that bills itself as “America’s finest news source,” was created by two college students in what city?
  2. What city is home to the Union Pacific Railroad and its parent company, the Union Pacific Corporation?
  3. In what city would you find an acoustic phenomenon called “The Center of the Universe”?

And here are the answers:

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.