Fun Fact: Lawrence, KS is the center of the Earth. (Google Earth, that is.) Which is pretty cool for those of us who live here, and for Jayhawks fans and Supernatural fans, as well.
How to confirm: Open up a fresh install of either the Windows or Linux version of Google Earth, and without moving the globe or clicking anything else, just click the plus sign repeatedly. As the US gets bigger on your screen, you’ll see an “untitled placemark” indicated by a little yellow pin. Keep clicking the plus sign, and you’ll end up in Lawrence, KS.
Why? Mostly because Brian McClendon, one of the creators of Google Earth, is from Lawrence. And it had to be centered somewhere by default, so why not Lawrence?
The Mac version centers on Chatham, KS because that’s where Dan Webb, the member of the team responsible for setting the center of the Mac version, is from. Both locations are near the geographic center of the contiguous continental US, McClendon’s and Webb’s home country.
If Google Earth had been created elsewhere, it might be centered on Meriden, England, or someplace in Madhya Pradesh, India.