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Some Google Maps things

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About a week ago or so, Emma was surprised to notice that Google Maps is incapable of calculating a route from Manchester to Buxton. It works if you type in a place within Buxton, and also if you choose to calculate a walking route.

Next, looking at the live traffic on Google Maps, I noticed the region of slow traffic seemed to be concentrated in a band across the middle of the country. When I checked the weather map on the BBC, it looked like this is where all the snow has been.


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Google Maps Ironbridge Anomaly

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There appear to be some strange place names in Shropshire. I noticed these while checking the route to Ironbridge.



I hope there really aren't towns called Dummy2643 and Dummy2792.

Google Street View

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Last year I saw one of the Google Street View cars parked on the side of the road. The street view has finally been added to the UK maps. A lot of cities have been covered, including Coventry.

This evening I looked at a few locations, including our current address (the google car went down our road after we left for work but before the bins were emptied) and our old house (the spiky bush next to the front door has been dug up since we left).

The images have been stitched together from multiple photos, which has led to some strange 'artifacts' such as a man buried in the pavement near the Cathedral:

Google Street View: man buried in the pavement near Coventry Cathedral

Google Street View

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This morning we were joining the ring road when we saw a car parked on the side of road (where Gosford Street turns into Far Gosford Street) with a strange camera-like attachment on the roof. I wondered whether it was one of the Google cars - this was confirmed by the small 'Google' logo on the door.


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Googlewhacking: This is when you type in a search term in to Google.com, and only get a single 'hit' or result. For it to count, all the words must be in the dictionary. This sad sport was brought to my attention by an article in The Independant newspaper, and I decided to have a try myself. All the terms below returned a 'Googlewhack', although 'washbottle' wasn't in the dictionary, and probably doesn't count. For some reason, Scatalogical wasn't either (dictionary words are underlined at the top of the screen). The near-misses are where only one of the words are underlined, leaving me with only 3 proper googlewhacks: Marimba Flexagon, Pekinese Oubliette and Courgette Fieldmouse, but if the rules are followed strictly, only the first 2 count because the latter looks like a word list.  

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