Two men managed to earn the distinction of creating the first-ever “Earth sandwich.
” As the name implies, it involves being at precisely opposite points of the planet and placing a slice of bread at each point.
The man conceived of this idea in the first place lives in New Zealand and luckily, finally managed to find another guy to work with him to make the special sandwich. In this case, the other guy happened to be from Spain.
Etienne Naude, from Auckland, had been wanting to make this sandwich for years but had trouble finding someone who was both willing and able to stand on the exact opposite side (technically called the antipodal point).
But Naude persisted and thanks to Reddit, the two men utilized longitude and latitude to confirm that they were exactly on opposite ends of the Earth from each other. That translated to 12,724 km of earth between the two slices or roughly 20,000 km between them. They were literally as far apart as they could be from each other on the planet.
Naude told the BBC: “It was quite hard to organize since it’s 12-hour time difference. And there are lots of things to arrange, such as the kind of bread, the time, the [precise] location, et cetera.”
Naude only needed to move a few hundred meters to get to his spot but his new Spanish friend had to trek 11 km to get to his. Then again, no place is too far for this groundbreaking achievement, right?
He added: “It’s quite tough to find a spot which isn’t water on the New Zealand end – and where public roads or paths intersect in both sides.”
To underscore how important this was to Naude, he even used a laser cutter so the could burn a design onto 20 slices of bread at his spot in New Zealand. Meanwhile, his Spanish friend used nine slices of bread which he left unmarked.
They posted their photo to Reddit which showed both of them, the bread, and their coordinates.
In response to a comment by another Redditor, Naude said: “Holidays give me lots of free time to do strange things like this.”
One user did say that they were about one foot away from the precise opposite point based on the longitude and latitude coordinates they posted.
However, Naude explained that it was no easy task to determine the point. The fact that only 15 percent of the land on the planet has an antipodal point that also happens to be on land just compounds the problem.
To illustrate, the UK, Australia and most of the US don’t have an antipodal point as the other side of the world from them is the ocean.