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“Swim across the Atlantic Ocean – 3,462mi”: Google

from: New York, NY, United States of America to: London – Google Maps


Oh, I know it’s doing the rounds of the web, and it’s also probably a cunning joke by those oh-so-funny folk at Google, but it is rather charming literal response to a mapping question.

The big, unanswered question, however, is why the landfall in France?

This isn’t just an anti-London/UK dig since the routes to Dublin and Cardiff also hit France first… Maybe a love of tunnels by the Map Bot? We should be told!

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  1. The reason it always goes to France is that mapping algorithms work with a series of points (vertices) and edges with varying weights. Each edge connects a discrete point. So if you apply a routing algorithm, such as Dijkstra’s algorithm to your network of points, it can obviously only make land fall at a place at which there is a point and an edge connecting to that point. The engineers at google decided to make that point be in Parris, France.

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