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Friday, April 27, 2007

Be sure to pack your bathing suit

One thing you can say about the folks at Google, they're about as wild n' crazy as a bunch of software engineers can be. For example, they're well known for their annual April Fool's jokes like this one.

The guffaws continue at their mapping portal, where you can create a trip route to your chosen destination complete with the usual turn-by-turn driving instructions. Click on the "Get Directions" tab, enter Houston to Chicago: 1078 miles in 17 hours and 40 minutes. OK, typical stuff; any number of sites will do that. But on Google Maps, create a route between two locations not directly connected by roads -- say, Houston to Frankfurt, Germany -- and you'll get this:

This is nerd humor at its finest, people.


  • At 4/27/2007 08:13:00 PM, Blogger Sphincter said…

    No wonder I'm laughing!

  • At 4/29/2007 10:28:00 AM, Blogger jbwritergirl said…

    Amphibian comes to mind. The worst part about these searches is that no one has become clever enough to route you through short cuts. I have a GPS system in my car that often speaks to me when it's not turned on. Someone out there really wants me to turn left real bad. Wonder where I'd end up if I followed his directions?


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