I hate to break it to you, if you dug a deep hole straight through Earth from Rockford, you will not end up in China as you may have heard when you were young.

If you need more proof that you can find anything on the internet, here's more. First, let's bolster you vocabulary. Do you know what the antipode is? In geography, the antipode of any spot on Earth is the point on Earth's surface diametrically opposite to it.

Well guess what I found? An interactive antipodes map. If you dug a hole through Earth from Rockford, you better know how to swim and you better not be afraid of sharks. You will wind up in the middle of the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and Australia.

Start digging here...

Google Maps/findaltitudeandlongitude.com

End up here...

Google Maps/findaltitudeandlongitude.com

If your goal is to dig a hole straight through the Earth and end up in China, you'll need to take a trip to the South Pacific Ocean. And you'll need scuba gear because you'll be digging off the coast of Chile.

If you want to know where the best place is to start digging your tunnel through Earth, click here.