Google Is Wrong!


Paul Ehrlich noted, “To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” Google Maps has the route to the University of Alaska’s Large Animal Research Station – the Musk Ox Farm – wrong.

A cautionary sign for musk oxen-seeking tourists

A cautionary sign for musk oxen-seeking tourists

You can imagine the frustration of residents of Jim Magoffin’s new subdivision off of Yankovich Road. Visitors blindly following Google Maps end up at their door steps, asking when the musk oxen come out. Google Maps and the global positioning receivers that rely on Google Maps are, of course, computers. And they are proving Paul Ehrlich was right.

Google Maps Is Wrong

Google Maps Is Wrong

The mule-headedness of some of our visitors can be pretty annoying. They insist that the computer is right and that the folks who live there and might actually know are wrong. The frustration is evident in the sign. The Fairbanks International Airport security folks who dealt with Apple Maps error – routing folks headed to the Fairbanks Airport across the main runway – had the same experience.

So, yeah, a note to our visitors: Sun Valley Street won’t get you to LARS and the musk ox farm. Continue west on Yankovich Road another half mile. It’s on the right. You can’t miss it.

Google Maps is wrong.

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