Sunday, November 01, 2009

You Can't Believe the Internet

Anyone who's ever gotten lost following mapping directions downloaded from the internet knows that. Mystery of Argleton, the 'Google' town that only exists online - Telegraph

Argleton, a 'phantom town' in Lancashire that appears on Google Maps and online directories but doesn't actually exist, has puzzled internet experts.
Google is investigating to see who is gaming them. Or are they?
One theory is that Argleton could have been deliberately added, as a trap to catch companies that violate the map's copyright.

So-called "trap streets" are often inserted by cartographers but are, as their name suggests, usually far more minor and indiscreet that bogus towns.
Maps that are purposely wrong? who knew.

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