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Swedes Drive 400 Miles In the Opposite Direction Thanks to GPS Mistake

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I do love the Swedes. Most of them. Maybe not the couple who drove 400 miles away from their destination because they misspelt its name—typing the industrial city of Carpi instead of the island of Capri—into their GPS.

The couple wrote Carpi and, without questioning the weird 400-mile detour the GPS was showing and the fact that they were looking for an island, off they went to this city in northern Italy:


instead of getting here, to the paradise of Capri, which is located in exactly the opposite direction, in the Gulf of Naples, in the Campania region of southern Italy:


As a Carpi tourist official declared after the Swedish couple asked for the famous Blue Grotto: "Capri is an island. They did not even wonder why they didn't cross any bridge or take any boat."

Remember, swedes and everyone else: Do not follow technology blindingly, especially when technology could always fail because of our own human failures. That said, I have a (very) soft spot for people who drive aimlessly in the wrong direction, especially without GPS. [BBC News via Techdirt via dvice]