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Old July 23rd, 2016, 06:35 PM   #34201
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I was listening to a radio programme about the U.S. elections. Geography is not the strongest point of those 'experts'. One expert said he's been there and called Kentucky the geographic center of the U.S. and 'farthest from the sea'.

Kentucky is only 300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. And approximately 700 miles (1200 km) east of the geographic center of the contiguous United States.

The size of the western part of the United States is often underestimated. Another erroneous fact is that Chicago would be halfway from New York to San Francisco (it is 1200 km from NY and 3000 km from SF).

Also, many people think Hawaii is west of California while it is in fact much farther south (the Big Island is at the same latitude as Mexico City). Another interesting factoid is that Hawaii is closer to Alaska than California.

People also often think Maine is farther north than North Dakota, Montana, etc.
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 07:17 PM   #34202
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I'm looking at the terrain map of Nevada. What on earth is that?
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 07:52 PM   #34203
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I'm looking at the terrain map of Nevada. What on earth is that?
The parallel ridges you mean?

They are part of the Great Basin, probably the most stunning geological macro area I've ever seen in person (or by pics for that matter). Everything is weird between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierras on the West Coast
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 08:41 PM   #34204
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It looks funny.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 11:50 AM   #34205
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I Another interesting factoid is that Hawaii is closer to Alaska than California.
this is controversy. Oahu and Honolulu are really closer to the westernmost point of Alascan continental teritory. the Great Island of Hawaii is not, California is closer. however, if we take into consideration Aleutian Islands, then yes, each point of Hawaii is closer to Alaska (if California doesn't have some lonely island in Pacific ).

listen this one: the closest US state to Africa is Maine
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Old July 24th, 2016, 12:13 PM   #34206
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Starting in 2017, you can 'drive' from France to Canada in one hour

New ferry vessels from Saint Pierre and Miquelon to Newfoundland will start taking cars and trucks next year.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 02:35 PM   #34207
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this is controversy. Oahu and Honolulu are really closer to the westernmost point of Alascan continental teritory. the Great Island of Hawaii is not, California is closer. however, if we take into consideration Aleutian Islands, then yes, each point of Hawaii is closer to Alaska (if California doesn't have some lonely island in Pacific ).
You have to take into account the entire Hawaii. Slovenia is closer to Bosnia than Germany regardless that Kranjska Gora is closer to Germany than Bosnia.

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listen this one: the closest US state to Africa is Maine
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Old July 24th, 2016, 11:13 PM   #34208
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Awkward and strange times we are living in now. I open newspapers and see the tittle: "The German attacker was a psychopath" and I do not know if the article deal with the one from today or from Friday.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 01:50 PM   #34209
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Google Maps got a new design today.

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Old July 26th, 2016, 02:23 PM   #34210
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The "Polish" design. Everything is so pale.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 02:23 PM   #34211
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Too pale, for me.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 04:15 PM   #34212
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Spanish motorways are randomly indicated with various thickness. And other roads are hardly visible.

In Poland, accents are randomly missing from placenames.

It always amazes me how these internet companies with overpaid employees manage to f*** a well-working products up...

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Old July 26th, 2016, 04:26 PM   #34213
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Also, if you zoom in tourist attractions and hotels and stores and such have gotten a different font, which isn't necessarily a problem, however the font is now bigger than names of villages. If for example you zoom in on Halsteren you'll see that the Intratuin (garden store) has a bigger font than Halsteren itself...
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There was an accident yesterday on motorway M1 of Hungary. There was a 4 km congestion Győr -> Budapest, causing approx. 1 hour delay. OK, such things happen.
But ... I drove in lots of similar congestions in Germany, and never overtook a car the queue driving on the shoulder. Not any. In Hungary a lot of cars did it.
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There was an accident yesterday on motorway M1 of Hungary. There was a 4 km congestion Győr -> Budapest, causing approx. 1 hour delay. OK, such things happen.
But ... I drove in lots of similar congestions in Germany, and never overtook a car the queue driving on the shoulder. Not any. In Hungary a lot of cars did it.
When I was living in Germany once I was blocked in a queue on my way to the airport (my girlfriend was coming back to Italy). It was less than 500 m from my exit, so it is legal to drive on the shoulder until the exit (at least in Italy, but I'm pretty sure in Germany too). As I began my manouvre, the guy in front of me drove and stopped on the shoulder in order to block me.

Fortunately my gf managed to catch the flight, but if she didn't I was going to look for that guy...
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for some weird reason expressways are darker than motorways on new Google Maps.

also, have you tried to zoom in tunnels? they turn into invisible grey lines
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In the old Google Maps, if you zoomed in a city center, you could immediately see which streets were just for pedestrians (old city usually). Now you cannot differentiate between streets accessible for cars and for pedestrians only.

I found this feature very useful while visiting a city. For example last week-end I visited Trieste city center as I was there with 2 hours to spend, although I haven't planned that in advance. I just opened Google Maps on my phone and I looked where are pedestrian-only streets and I went that way.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 09:56 PM   #34218
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Yes, and the main square in the center of Ljubljana is written in Arabic.

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And the boundary labels (between countries, regions, etc.) are not curved but straight. It looks like a cartography freshman's map.
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I don't know whether it's new but in China satellite image and map are dislocated. Check for example that motorway intersection in the middle of THIS VIEW. THIS INTERSECTION moved into a lake ;-)
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