My Journey to the Center of the Universe

Did you know the Center of the Universe is in Tulsa? It is too! It says so right here.

I was in Tulsa for a conference last week. My hotel was downtown, only about half a mile from the Center of the Universe. I had a couple of hours to kill, so I took a walk.

When I neared the spot, I saw a large sculpture and I thought, “That has to be it!” But it wasn’t.

Seriously, doesn’t this look like it would be the Center of the Universe?

This is actually the Artificial Cloud. And it’s pretty weird. According to the Tulsa Convention and Vistors Bureau, the statue is…

“a silent commentary on man’s love of technology and the destructiveness that can come from that infatuation. The surface of the sculpture has been allowed to rust, to show the effect of time and the atmosphere.”

Any way, that wasn’t what I was there to see. I was there for the Center of the Universe. And the first time, I walked right by it.

If you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t see it. And if you just looked at it, you certainly wouldn’t think it was very impressive.

Center of the Universe?

There’s graffiti. There are bricks around it missing. It’s not marked at all. It really isn’t much to look at.

The magic happens when you stand in the middle and speak. That is when you hear your voice echoing back at you, much louder than you are speaking. And it doesn’t matter what way you turn. The effect is the same in every direction.

I made a video while I was standing in the circle speaking. I could hear myself echoing, but you can’t hear it at all on the video.

Nothing, right? If it had to do with audio and echos, wouldn’t you hear something? It’s super weird. I felt some pressure in my ears, so maybe it has something to do with that. I don’t know. I guess it will remain a mystery.

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