Couple Taken 400 Miles Off Course By Trusting Their GPS

from the at-some-point,-don't-you-begin-to-question... dept

It really is amazing to see some of the stories about people shutting off their brains (and often their own eyes) in order to believe everything that their GPS device tells them. The latest example involves some Swedish tourists in Italy, who wanted to go to Capri, but mistyped it into the device as Carpi, an industrial town in Northern Italy, 400 miles away from the beautiful isle of Capri. Apparently, it didn't occur to them as they drove (and drove and drove) that perhaps things weren't right. According to tourist officials, after being informed, the couple got back in the car, and turned around to head in the right direction.

Filed Under: capri, carpi, gps, italy

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jul 2009 @ 10:07pm

    It is all in the headline, the body is ok.

    The BBC headline in the linked article is:
    Swedes miss Capri after GPS gaffe

    Mike's headline is:
    Couple Taken 400 Miles Off Course By Trusting Their GPS

    I think the BBC headline is more to the point.
    'By Trusting Their GPS' reads to me that they trusted their GPS but it let them down.

    True it never says that the GPS malfunctioned or was inaccurate in Mike's write-up and he labels it as misuses of technology.

    Those of us who follow Mike's informative and thought provoking posts expect controversy, humor and dissent. It seems many of us have a problem with the headline. It appears to be written to sensationalize the article not describe it. Don't expect that from Mike.

    Perhaps there is something telling in that a large number of the comments are about the presentation of the post and not on core of the issue; what I believe the intent of the article was.

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