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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for January 8

This week's quibble isn't so much a quibble as a commiseration. It comes from the January 1 edition of Geek Trivia, "Editorial oversight."

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This week's quibble isn't so much a quibble as a commiseration. It comes from the January 1 edition of Geek Trivia, "Editorial oversight." TechRepublic members paul.hamer, Zeppo9191, john.st.lawrence, RosaNegra, GSG, and NickNielsen all chimed in with tales of woe regarding cartographic copyright traps. NickNielsen summed it up best with the following:

"My last tour in Germany, I was trying to find the road between two towns on the North Sea coast. The road was clearly marked on the map but did not actually exist. The road started out of town, but the pavement ended in a parking lot; the intervening distance to the next town (about 3 km) was sand dunes. When I contacted the map's provider about the error, they apologized, but identified the error as a Mountweazel entry to help protect their copyright."

Thanks for the warning about mythical map mischief, friends, and keep those quibbles coming.

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jevans4949

Interesting. On a TV programme in UK on mapmaking, the reporter joined a research team from the famous London "A to Z" atlas. While checking out the layout of a new inner-city development, he stumbled across a Mountweazel nearby. The company was quite unapologetic. Which makes you wonder what proportion of the information on any given map is misleading. Maybe we should be told. And does the same apply to Sat Nav systems as well?

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