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Swim across the Atlantic Ocean

Started: 2007-05-13 19:18:07

Submitted: 2007-05-13 19:36:44

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I have to confess that it never crossed my mind to try asking Google Maps for directions between places on non-connecting continents. This morning, I asked for directions from Longmont to London. Google Maps happily found a driving route for me, which takes me on I-76 to I-80 though Nebraska, eventually taking me to Boston, where, at step 29, it instructs me:

29. Swim across the Atlantic Ocean

I hope no one takes this literally, as some users of satellite navigation systems apparently do.

Google Swimming

Ok, well, the most obvious problem with [new years resolution
about getting a girlfriend] is that the intended outcome relies on
variables which are out of my control. It's a matter of chance,
luck, being in the right place at the wrong time, what have you.
Obviously, it also relies on the willful participation of
another human being. Since the only people we control are
ourselves, making resolutions -- promises to ourselves -- which
require the involvement of others, who may or may not want any
part of the game, is like sitting at home and cheering a
football team, and then saying "We won! We won!" when in fact
you had absolutely nothing to do with any of it. Or something
like that.
- Bitscape, Random Rambling, 01 August 2000