Saturday, April 7, 2012

It's a big world after all: The world's largest revolving/rotating globe of Yarmouth, Maine

Eartha is housed in this beautiful 3-story glass atrium.

I always hoped to see Cape Horn some day.

Eartha was down for renovations when we were there, so she was more like "The Day The Earth Stood Still".

Eartha is located on DeLorme Drive, just off of Route 1 in Yarmouth, Maine.

They've got a nice map store and gift shop, featuring these extra cool globes... well as everything else in The World.

The DeLorme Company likes to call itself "the longtime leader in innovative mapping and GPS solutions for commercial and government markets." In other words, they make maps and world is their oyster. Their "world" headquarters are in the picturesque Maine coast town of Yarmouth, just down the road apiece from L.L. Bean's flagship store. To put their company on the, er, map, they built a honey of an eccentric roadside attraction: the world's largest revolving/rotating globe, housed inside a 3-story glass atrium. And it's not just a mook like me that says it's the biggest world in the world, it's got the Guinness Book of World's Records' seal of approval. The globe, known as Eartha (and built, one presumes, from an Eartha kit), measures 41 feet, 1 and 1/2 inches and it revolves on a specially designed mechanized cantilever arm. And just like the real thing, Eartha tilts at 23.5 degrees and rotates on its axis. Unlike the real thing, two electric motors do Eartha's spinning. All that largeness and rotating eventually take their toll, however, and Eartha has to be given a tune-up and makeover periodically. This was the case when we visited last fall, but we didn't mind. Even standing still, it was quite a sight to see. More recently, they say the renovations have made a world of difference and Eartha could be spinning again in world-class condition perhaps as soon as a couple of weeks from now.

So, if you'd like to see what the world is coming to, stop by DeLorme's. It's out of this world, it'll do you a world of good and you shouldn't miss it for the world. (And if you think those puns are awful, just be grateful this wasn't the world's largest Uranus).


59KUSTOM said...

I've been there. That place is cool.

elf said...

I totally want to go there. Never been to Maine. I guess I need to go to Maine to see the world.