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2012-08-24 08:52:18 AM  
i812.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-24 09:11:53 AM  
What the hell? How is this even possible? Do people really just blindly follow their GPS instructions without even paying attention to where he was going.

He lived and the cat died...that really pisses me off.
 
2012-08-24 10:44:53 AM  

jchic: He lived and the cat died...that really pisses me off.


Should have been the other way around.
 
2012-08-24 10:46:35 AM  

jchic: Do people really just blindly follow their GPS instructions without even paying attention to where he was going.


Yes, all the time.
 
2012-08-24 10:47:29 AM  

Superjew: jchic: He lived and the cat died...that really pisses me off.

Should have been the other way around.


This. 1000 times.
 
2012-08-24 10:48:07 AM  
The irony is there is just one road in Whittier. He would have had to, you know, just follow that one road.
 
2012-08-24 10:49:17 AM  
Gadgets - how do they work?

-1 Darwin point.
-1 Sopping wet pussy point.
+1 Ted Kennedy point.
 
2012-08-24 10:49:23 AM  
My GPS told me to "please drive to highlighted route" when on the Galveston - Bolivar ferry in Texas.

Evidently the ferry deviated from the route Garmin thinks it should take.
 
2012-08-24 10:52:18 AM  
fubegra.net
 
2012-08-24 10:53:56 AM  
He was old, right?
 
2012-08-24 10:54:22 AM  
"turn left in...four hundred feet...."

"paddle left in....fifty feet"

"swim left for ten miles. destination will be on your right"
 
2012-08-24 10:55:56 AM  
Wait... there are ferries that let you stay in your car and drive on/off the boat yourself?

COOL!!!

And, not to too blatantly plug, but: Link
 
2012-08-24 10:55:59 AM  
... well we all know that if he's had sex with that many women he must be trying to hide the fact that he's secretly gay.
 
2012-08-24 10:57:33 AM  
all would be forgiven if the GPS "Biatchin 'Betty" switch to a pirate calling "Hard to starboard, Cap'n"
 
2012-08-24 10:57:48 AM  

rubi_con_man: ... well we all know that if he's had sex with that many women he must be trying to hide the fact that he's secretly gay.


Following your GPS' advice on where to post, eh?
 
2012-08-24 10:59:16 AM  

LowbrowDeluxe: rubi_con_man: ... well we all know that if he's had sex with that many women he must be trying to hide the fact that he's secretly gay.

Following your GPS' advice on where to post, eh?


Must be using a phone for a GPS, his thread is two down.
 
2012-08-24 11:04:37 AM  

rubi_con_man: ... well we all know that if he's had sex with that many women he must be trying to hide the fact that he's secretly gay.


Hef is a few threads lower I believe. Although there is a wet pussy cat in this one so it almost works...
 
2012-08-24 11:05:36 AM  

dv-ous: Wait... there are ferries that let you stay in your car and drive on/off the boat yourself?

COOL!!!

And, not to too blatantly plug, but: Link


Don't they all allow that? Never been on one that didn't.
 
2012-08-24 11:07:30 AM  

Hack Patooey: jchic: Do people really just blindly follow their GPS instructions without even paying attention to where he was going.

Yes, all the time.


It's amazing how many people pay for a GPS in their cars, but never go anywhere unfamiliar.
Would they get lost on the way to the store?
 
2012-08-24 11:08:16 AM  

nacho_nacho_man: The irony is there is just one road in Whittier. He would have had to, you know, just follow that one road.


Humanity is doomed, but it's just not happening quickly enough.
 
2012-08-24 11:09:14 AM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: dv-ous: Wait... there are ferries that let you stay in your car and drive on/off the boat yourself?

COOL!!!

And, not to too blatantly plug, but: Link

Don't they all allow that? Never been on one that didn't.


This.

Never crossed Lake Michigan by ferry, but every one I've ever been on has been drive on-drive off. I do remember one that didn't want you to stay in your car.
 
2012-08-24 11:10:38 AM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: Inflatable Rhetoric: dv-ous: Wait... there are ferries that let you stay in your car and drive on/off the boat yourself?

COOL!!!

And, not to too blatantly plug, but: Link

Don't they all allow that? Never been on one that didn't.

This.

Never crossed Lake Michigan by ferry, but every one I've ever been on has been drive on-drive off. I do remember one that didn't want you to stay in your car.


On 2nd thought, I know of one at Larkspur, CA, that doesn't take cars. My ferry experience is in Seattle, drive on, drive off.
 
2012-08-24 11:11:09 AM  
distilleryimage3.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2012-08-24 11:11:29 AM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: Hack Patooey: jchic: Do people really just blindly follow their GPS instructions without even paying attention to where he was going.

Yes, all the time.

It's amazing how many people pay for a GPS in their cars, but never go anywhere unfamiliar.
Would they get lost on the way to the store?


My mother has lived in the same city for 90% of her adult life. Since she got a GPS, she has become incapable of navigating herself around. She got around just fine before, but now she can't even give me directions on her own.
 
2012-08-24 11:11:41 AM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-08-24 11:28:04 AM  

jchic: What the hell? How is this even possible?


You'd need to ask the AARP, who comes out swinging fists and slinging cash any time a state legislature starts talking the crazy talk of ensuring that elderly drivers are competent to drive.
 
2012-08-24 11:34:26 AM  

zarberg: Superjew: jchic: He lived and the cat died...that really pisses me off.

Should have been the other way around.

This. 1000 times.


Count me in. 

Stupid farking people don't deserve to live. Just think, the person operating the vehicle in the next lane could be just as ignorant.
 
2012-08-24 11:36:34 AM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: Inflatable Rhetoric: Hack Patooey: jchic: Do people really just blindly follow their GPS instructions without even paying attention to where he was going.

Yes, all the time.

It's amazing how many people pay for a GPS in their cars, but never go anywhere unfamiliar.
Would they get lost on the way to the store?

My mother has lived in the same city for 90% of her adult life. Since she got a GPS, she has become incapable of navigating herself around. She got around just fine before, but now she can't even give me directions on her own.


I stopped at a gas station for directions, went inside, asked the guy hot to get to wherever it was. He said, "Where are you now?"
 
2012-08-24 11:38:57 AM  
The car was fully submerged when a man jumped in the water and broke the window open, allowing the driver and his dogs to escape.
And the guy didn't think to maybe get out? I can only imagine the guy was still driving to drive, had his wipers going, and thinking "Damn lot of fish out today"

You know, when you are heading down a boat ramp and all you see is lake, maybe you ought to recalculate your route. How can people be this damn dumb? "Well the GPS says drive off a cliff, I am sure it knows what it's doing".
When I hear a story like this and the one where the guy drove down the railroad tracks until he encounter traffic, I think that the GPS wasn't wrong, they were reading it wrong.

As you change speed, the scale changes. So while at 70mp two inches on your display might mean a mile, at 25mph two inches might mean 100 feet. I've had instances where I turned on the road just before where I was supposed to turn because 'that looked like it'. But when your GPS says "turn right here" it is assuming you know it means to turn at the *road* right here, and not the Goddamn mineshaft. The highlighted route means the road *next* to the railroad tracks. The tracks arn't shown because they arn't for cars. There really isn't any reason for people to be so farking stupid. You wouldn't normaly decide to take a shortcut across a quarry (I hope). Why would you try and drive your car across open air because a box points that way?
 
2012-08-24 11:41:54 AM  

YixilTesiphon: My GPS told me to "please drive to highlighted route" when on the Galveston - Bolivar ferry in Texas.

Evidently the ferry deviated from the route Garmin thinks it should take.


One of my favorite GPS fails involved obsolete mapping data and the newly-opened I-355 southern extension. It kept trying to get me out of the cornfield that it thought was present. Another one that had me LOL'ing was when I used my usual route between St. Louis, MI and Midland, and it kept trying to convince me to take US 127 and M-20 through Mt. Pleasant, which is the long way around.

I've long since ditched the GPS in favor of good old-fashioned paper maps.
 
2012-08-24 11:44:28 AM  

Cold_Sassy: Stupid farking people don't deserve to live. Just think, the person operating the vehicle in the next lane could be just as ignorant.


On my 30-minute-mostly-interstate commute the vast majority of people are either on the phone or drive like massively aggressive a-holes - sometimes both at the same time, so yes, the people operating the vehicle in the lane next to me are just as ignorant.

Seriously, I feel more unsafe driving down here in Raleigh than I did driving in NYC (and I lived in Brooklyn for 5 years). It's the mix of timid non-aware drivers and completely aggressive cell-phone talking idiots that makes it bad here. At least in NYC you could count on everyone to be an aggressive prick.
 
2012-08-24 11:46:36 AM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: dv-ous: Wait... there are ferries that let you stay in your car and drive on/off the boat yourself?

COOL!!!

And, not to too blatantly plug, but: Link

Don't they all allow that? Never been on one that didn't.


The Badger doesn't. It's not a RORO ferry, so I guess there's a turnaround in there somewhere and they don't want n00bs farking it up.
 
2012-08-24 11:47:38 AM  
i14.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-24 11:49:43 AM  
The only way I can see this happening if the guy was 100 years old and blind.

/there is no word in the English language that can come close to describing this amount of stupid
 
2012-08-24 11:51:38 AM  
"The car was fully submerged when a man jumped in the water and broke the window open, allowing the driver and his dogs to escape."

That's the trouble with good Samaritans, they just can't let stupid people get their just desserts.
 
2012-08-24 11:56:00 AM  
I think he was probably still rattled from the GPS yelling, "You're in the ocean! You're in the ocean" during the entire ferry boat ride.
 
2012-08-24 11:58:08 AM  

Ghost Roach: all would be forgiven if the GPS "Biatchin 'Betty" switch to a pirate calling "Hard to starboard, Cap'n"


My GPS will do a female australian accent.... It is actually quite soothing to listen to.

There is a state highway in norther MN that I always take when vacationing. It has recently been straightened so it no longer follows the map on the GPS.... My wife would not let me turn off the GPS unit because she was afraid we would get lost... WE FOLLOW THIS SAME ROAD EVERY YEAR. There are no turn offs, no branches, no deviation... just follow for 50 miles. Listened to turn left 100 ft... recalculation, turn right in 1.2 miles.... recalc and on and on for an hour.
 
2012-08-24 11:59:17 AM  

OneNightStand: "The car was fully submerged when a man jumped in the water and broke the window open, allowing the driver and his dogs to escape."

That's the trouble with good Samaritans, they just can't let stupid people get their just desserts.


I would have smashed the dog's windows first, rescued the cat, and then gone back for the idiot.

/not really.
 
2012-08-24 12:01:10 PM  
Google Maps

Here's a link to the area where the ferry landed. My guess is he took off down Harbor Road and his GPS thought he was going the wrong direction. When mine thinks that it tells me to take a hard left or right in order to turn around. He probably thought he was about to do a turnaround or something.

Of course, I'm careful not to drive downhill towards large lakes.
 
2012-08-24 12:13:25 PM  

OneNightStand: "The car was fully submerged when a man jumped in the water and broke the window open, allowing the driver and his dogs to escape."

That's the trouble with good Samaritans, they just can't let stupid people get their just desserts.


That's hilarious. But he did save the dogs. Should've held the driver underwater.
 
2012-08-24 12:13:44 PM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: Skirl Hutsenreiter: Inflatable Rhetoric: Hack Patooey: jchic: Do people really just blindly follow their GPS instructions without even paying attention to where he was going.

Yes, all the time.

It's amazing how many people pay for a GPS in their cars, but never go anywhere unfamiliar.
Would they get lost on the way to the store?

My mother has lived in the same city for 90% of her adult life. Since she got a GPS, she has become incapable of navigating herself around. She got around just fine before, but now she can't even give me directions on her own.

I stopped at a gas station for directions, went inside, asked the guy hot to get to wherever it was. He said, "Where are you now?"


for future situations: gas stations are the worse place to ask for directions...think about the people who work there...they are usually people on the lower spectrum of income..which means public transportation or someone else taking them to work. They usually have no idea of where they are or how they got there (other than I took bus #143). Ever been to a gas station with no cars in the parking lot, yet there was someone working in the store? How did they get there if they didn't drive to work?

Best advice, find a restaurant or place of business that delivers (pizza, chinese, mexican, post office, etc) They will know how to give directions (and sometime better since they know where construction is, time of day traffic etc.)
 
2012-08-24 12:15:09 PM  

zarberg: It's the mix of timid non-aware drivers and completely aggressive cell-phone talking idiots that makes it bad here. At least in NYC you could count on everyone to be an aggressive prick.


This x 1000! Living in TX, I see this regularly. Especially as someone that rides a motorcycle. For the one day I got to drive in NYC, I loved it! I felt so much more comfortable driving with the aggressive pricks in a 4 lane street that was 6 cars wide haha
 
2012-08-24 12:20:32 PM  

MythDragon: The car was fully submerged when a man jumped in the water and broke the window open, allowing the driver and his dogs to escape.
And the guy didn't think to maybe get out? I can only imagine the guy was still driving to drive, had his wipers going, and thinking "Damn lot of fish out today"

You know, when you are heading down a boat ramp and all you see is lake, maybe you ought to recalculate your route. How can people be this damn dumb? "Well the GPS says drive off a cliff, I am sure it knows what it's doing".
When I hear a story like this and the one where the guy drove down the railroad tracks until he encounter traffic, I think that the GPS wasn't wrong, they were reading it wrong.

As you change speed, the scale changes. So while at 70mp two inches on your display might mean a mile, at 25mph two inches might mean 100 feet. I've had instances where I turned on the road just before where I was supposed to turn because 'that looked like it'. But when your GPS says "turn right here" it is assuming you know it means to turn at the *road* right here, and not the Goddamn mineshaft. The highlighted route means the road *next* to the railroad tracks. The tracks arn't shown because they arn't for cars. There really isn't any reason for people to be so farking stupid. You wouldn't normaly decide to take a shortcut across a quarry (I hope). Why would you try and drive your car across open air because a box points that way?


See, but that's the problem. The ASSUMPTION was that people would "turn right here" and use an actual road, because that's what a smart person would do. People who believe tech is magic and that there's a little person inside the Garmin reading a map and giving them secret fast directions that only they know DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD, and so they "turn right here" even if it's over the edge of the Grand Canyon. Teaching people how not to think has strange and unintended consequences.
 
2012-08-24 12:25:27 PM  

YixilTesiphon: My GPS told me to "please drive to highlighted route" when on the Galveston - Bolivar ferry in Texas.

Evidently the ferry deviated from the route Garmin thinks it should take.


GPS can do do some crazy things when it hasn't been updated. Mine went crazy while I was crossing the new I-10 bridge across Pontchartrain. It thought I was going over open water and had me taking a hard turn to get to the old one.
 
2012-08-24 12:26:50 PM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: It's amazing how many people pay for a GPS in their cars, but never go anywhere unfamiliar.
Would they get lost on the way to the store?


The GPS unit I have has a traffic data receiver: it gets information from the DoT and other sources over a radio channel so it can tell me if traffic is all snarled up ahead. That's pretty useful, even in areas you're familiar with.
 
2012-08-24 01:00:50 PM  
I've learned over long time use of GPS to ignore it at certain points. For instance, driving down I-95 it always wants me to get off the highway. I just keep going, it biatches for a moment and then figures out that I knew better.
 
2012-08-24 01:04:49 PM  

Saiga410: My GPS will do a female australian accent.... It is actually quite soothing to listen to.


I know, right? I briefly tried the english one, but she sounded like a royal biatch. Every time I missed a turn I felt like it was admonishing me every time she said 'recalculating'. The aussie doesn't mind if I mess up. It's just part of her job. Not like that english biatch. Though sometimes I take a different route that what the GPS says, I keep expecting it to say "recalculating, recalculating, recalu- recalutlating....fine, fark it. Do whatever you want. Don't come asking for help when you are in a corn field being sodomized by a hillbilly"


Fubegra: I've long since ditched the GPS in favor of good old-fashioned paper maps.


It's amazing what happens when you plug your GPS into your PC, and go to Garmin.com and select 'update'
 
2012-08-24 01:16:28 PM  
Kill your TV. Flush your GPS.

abcnews.go.com
 
2012-08-24 01:19:19 PM  

MythDragon: It's amazing what happens when you plug your GPS into your PC, and go to Garmin.com and select 'update'


But first, give us $150. The free maps for life was a lie.

PS Garmin doesn't even have map updates for my GPS.
 
2012-08-24 01:54:15 PM  

jchic: What the hell? How is this even possible? Do people really just blindly follow their GPS instructions without even paying attention to where he was going.

He lived and the cat died...that really pisses me off.


This also angers me greatly.
 
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