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MMNETSEA 07-29-2009 05:19 AM

The BBC reports 28 th July:-

Swedes miss Capri after GPS gaffe

Faraglioni Rocks on the Italian island of Capri

The romantic holiday isle of Capri lies in the Gulf of Naples

A Swedish couple in search of the isle of Capri drove to Carpi, an industrial town in northern Italy, because they misspelt the name in their car's GPS.

Italian officials say the couple asked at Carpi's tourist office where they could find Capri's famous Blue Grotto.

The car's sat nav system had sent them 650km (400 miles) off course to Carpi.

"Capri is an island. They did not even wonder why they didn't cross any bridge or take any boat," said a bemused tourism official in Carpi.

Once they realised their mistake, the couple got back in their car and headed south, the official added.


Good thing they were not on a boat

atavist 07-29-2009 12:53 PM

And people say sextants are dangerous.... reminds me of an Office episode "but the GPS said turn NOW!"

I need say no more...

but probably will anyway...>/tongue.gif

Nausikaa 07-29-2009 04:29 PM

Or, as the recorded voice on the first fully automated, pilotless flight over the Atlantic said,

"Do not be concerned lady and gentlemen passangers, nothing can go wrong....go wrong.....go wrong.....go wrong....go wr....."

Aye // Stephen

Nausikaa 10-06-2009 01:19 PM

The original post here reminds me of the Japanese couple who at Stockholm's Central Station asked for a ticket to Venice.

The obliging ticket salesperson sold them tickets and they got their train - a sleeper. On clearing Stockholm's suburbs the couple went to bed and awoke next morning, took a look out of their carriage window and were astonished to see pine forests and deep snow.

It turned out that they had bought tickets to Vännäs (pronounced almost the same as Venice) in the north of Sweden and almost the same distance from Stockholm as Venice in Italy: just in exactly the other direction.

Venice (Italy) is Venedig in Swedish so there is no real possibility to make that mistake when speaking Swedish. We live and learn.

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