Seattle is full of all sorts of weird and wacky things but perhaps one of the most notable is the neighborhood Fremont. It’s long been a free loving and free spirited neighborhood home to many of the city’s creative folk and host of celebrations like the solstice parade. But did you know that Fremont is the center of the universe?

Bet you didn’t see that one coming did you? If you haven’t ever walked across the intersection of North Fremont Avenue and North 35th Street you might not know what we’re talking about. At that intersection there’s a traffic island with a sign pointing in all different directions, it’s uniting feature being the pole which states “Center of the Universe.”

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Fremont center of universe
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So how was this determined? The center of the universe status was granted by “reliable sources” and Fremont scientists”, you know wink wink. But they believe that “Fremont lies in a special geophysical local” it draws people in with its “odd gravitational pull” and gives them the urge to “return again and again.” The sign has been around since the 1970s but it’s current location was decided in 1991 and honoured by the Metropolitan King County Council in 1994.

So next time you’re wandering around Fremont, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the sign. After all, who knows what you’ll discover in the center of the universe.