(Thank you, The Things We Think, Say and Do, for blogging about this Biggest GPS Fail Ever).
Picture this. A 67 year old woman starts to drive from her home in Belgium, intending to pick up her friend at a train station, some 38 (or maybe 43) miles away, also in Belgium. She programs her GPS and off she goes.
Following her GPS, she drives.....and drives....and drives....
Across borders. Into countries where different languages are spoken. She notices the languages of the traffic signs are changing, but "she was distracted". Hours pass.
Needless to say, she wasn't in Belgium anymore. Or in Germany, or Austria, or the Czech Republic, or.... She travels some 900 miles before she realizes Something Is Seriously Wrong. By that time she is in Croatia.
So, what does she do? Casually, she drives back home, in time to stop a major manhunt for her.
My fellow blogger at The Things We Think, Say and Do described it so humorously, you have to read his description. Don't take my word for it.
I have never been off the North American continent. But, I thought about it this way: if I got into my car and started to drive 900 miles from my home in upstate New York, I would end up (going west) in Iowa. Heading north, I would be in Canada somewhere in the Great White North. South, I would arrive somewhere in South Carolina (and since they are having record warm weather there right now, that sounds like a pretty good idea.) East, I would be swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.
How could I not realize that I had gone slightly more than 43 miles?
Someone, please tell me this is a hoax. Or that this was an early release of a BBC April Fools production.
And if this woman offers to pick you up at the train station....don't accept her offer.