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(South China Morning Post)   Boy is abducted in China aged five. 23 years later he uses Google maps and his memory to find his way back home to the family who'd given up hope   (scmp.com) divider line 49
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2013-05-17 06:23:02 AM
Nice to know he no longer has that Sinkiang feeling.
 
2013-05-17 06:23:45 AM
Sounds like he actually got lucky ending up wit a family that treated him well instead of chaining him up as a sex slave. This is what happens in a place that treats sons like gold and daughters as shte.
 
2013-05-17 06:23:50 AM
I have many friends who are ethnically Chinese and Korean who were adopted by American families.

Stories like this make me wonder how many such children are actually victims of abduction.
 
2013-05-17 06:27:36 AM
Google announces the discontuation of the maps application in china
 
2013-05-17 06:32:21 AM
You been here 201,614 hour.

You go now.
 
2013-05-17 06:33:46 AM
Isn't this the plot of Kung Fu Panda 3?
 
2013-05-17 06:44:11 AM
How much you want to bet Google puts this in their advertising? "Google Maps: Bringing families together. "
 
2013-05-17 06:46:26 AM
he has an amazing memory
 
2013-05-17 06:46:38 AM
He used his memory?! I wonder how he figured that out?

Anyway, cool story. I remember a similar one with an Indian bloke who went for a walk one day, got on a train and never went home for decades because he had no money for a return ticket, or something.

He too used Google maps and his memory.
 
2013-05-17 06:55:35 AM
Pfft. Fake story is fake. Everyone knows Google is censored in China...
 
2013-05-17 06:58:11 AM

ruatan: he has an amazing memory


As a kid my family moved when I was 5 across the country (we moved back a year and a half later). I was sitting here thinking about what I remember about both places. There's no farking way I could ever find where I lived again like this guy. I just don't remember enough.

It's wonderful he was able to find his family.

/sniffle
 
2013-05-17 06:59:46 AM
Lady Indica:
 I just don't remember enough.
  Eh, traumatic events are usually far harder to forget than to remember. Something most people would prefer to not be the case.
 
2013-05-17 07:02:22 AM
He might be better at Geoguessr than I am.
 
GBB
2013-05-17 07:05:42 AM
Geez.  Most of the time, Google Maps puts markers clear on the other side of town for well known businesses in my area.  I can't imagine the luck of this guy to find his way back home.
 
2013-05-17 07:06:18 AM

God-is-a-Taco: Lady Indica:
 I just don't remember enough.
  Eh, traumatic events are usually far harder to forget than to remember. Something most people would prefer to not be the case.


True, and in the article he said he would revisit his memories each night so he wouldn't forget. Heartbreaking. =\
 
2013-05-17 07:07:12 AM

GBB: Geez.  Most of the time, Google Maps puts markers clear on the other side of town for well known businesses in my area.  I can't imagine the luck of this guy to find his way back home.


I think you've confused Google Maps with Apple Maps
 
2013-05-17 07:13:25 AM
WAIT!  WOn't they have to kill any other kids they've had since then?  The parents may be thrilled but if he has a brother or sister... they won't be happy since they'll have to be killed now.
 
2013-05-17 07:13:53 AM
There was a similar story last year about a guy who was born in India but ended up being adopted and growing up in Australia who did the same thing. I suspect stories like this are going to be getting a lot more common.
 
2013-05-17 07:22:55 AM
Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?
 
2013-05-17 07:31:29 AM
Was that not a Indian boy lost on a train last year.

Did they update the how to use Google if you lost boy ?
 
2013-05-17 07:36:09 AM
What is this the viral marketing for? Not Google Maps--that'd be too obvious.
 
2013-05-17 07:40:33 AM
He drew a rough map of his hometown from memory, before posting it on "Bring Lost Babies Home", a Chinese website devoted to locating missing children through the help of volunteers.

Soon afterwards, a volunteer wrote back with valuable information - a couple from a small town in Sichuan's Guangan city had lost a son 23 years ago. The time matched Luo's abduction perfectly.


Luo searched for pictures of the Sichuan town and found they looked familiar to him. To confirm his suspicions, he turned to the satellite version Google Maps. The minute he zoomed in on an area called "Yaojiaba" near the Sichuan town, Luo recognised the two bridges.



Because without Google, there would be no maps...
 
2013-05-17 07:42:06 AM

FullMetalPanda: WAIT!  WOn't they have to kill any other kids they've had since then?  The parents may be thrilled but if he has a brother or sister... they won't be happy since they'll have to be killed now.


FTA-They adopted a daughter.
 
2013-05-17 07:42:57 AM

the_rhino: Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?


He'd go to the Wong place.
 
2013-05-17 07:46:46 AM
Didn't some kid do the same thing about a year ago, but in India?   I tried to find the story, but no luck. Anyone else see that story, or am I losing it?
 
2013-05-17 07:46:47 AM

dangelder: the_rhino: Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?

He'd go to the Wong place.


I think I love you. No homo.
 
2013-05-17 07:51:50 AM

the_rhino: Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?



i.imgur.com
herro?
 
2013-05-17 08:02:48 AM

strapp3r: the_rhino: Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?


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herro?


Is that an actual place?  That would be a very very cool place to live.
 
2013-05-17 08:03:29 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: dangelder: the_rhino: Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?

He'd go to the Wong place.

I think I love you. No homo.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-17 08:03:35 AM

Earpj: FullMetalPanda: WAIT!  WOn't they have to kill any other kids they've had since then?  The parents may be thrilled but if he has a brother or sister... they won't be happy since they'll have to be killed now.

FTA-They adopted a daughter.



Followup. August, 2033

Adopted daughter of Chinese couple uses Google UltraMaps and her memory to find her way back home to the family who'd given up hope. In an ironic twist.......
 
2013-05-17 08:03:40 AM
What, no Bean reference? I can't be the only one who just re-read Ender's Shadow
 
2013-05-17 08:13:24 AM

strapp3r: the_rhino: Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?


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herro?


Is that a shop or a real place?  Any idea where it is?
 
2013-05-17 08:27:43 AM
That's... a really farking long time. I'm reminded of this chappelle skit
 
2013-05-17 08:35:44 AM
What a lame ass Kung Fu story...

he gets abducted and comes back decades later and doesn't get revenge on the abductors?  biatch probably didn't even have a training montage where he was running up conveyor made of bamboo and sticking his hand into a pot of burning coal.
 
2013-05-17 08:41:46 AM
His parents tried desperately to find him, but in their defense, many of the children did look alike.
 
2013-05-17 08:47:35 AM
Google would have made it a lot easier for Joe Dirt to find his parents...
 
2013-05-17 08:49:41 AM
This kid must have been so strong-willed to get through this.  A more compliant or broken down spirit, and the kid would never have survived.  Or maybe survived, with fears and anxiety dismissed as unreasonable.  Can you imagine the strength it took to be so alone, afraid to tell the people raising you, and still facing it down night after night, for years?  I wonder what the adoptive parents are doing right about now?
 
2013-05-17 09:01:51 AM

cherryl taggart: This kid must have been so strong-willed to get through this.  A more compliant or broken down spirit, and the kid would never have survived.  Or maybe survived, with fears and anxiety dismissed as unreasonable.  Can you imagine the strength it took to be so alone, afraid to tell the people raising you, and still facing it down night after night, for years?  I wonder what the adoptive parents are doing right about now?


shiateing bricks most likely.
 
2013-05-17 09:03:38 AM

scruffynerfherder: Didn't some kid do the same thing about a year ago, but in India?   I tried to find the story, but no luck. Anyone else see that story, or am I losing it?


Found it.
 
2013-05-17 09:17:17 AM

ng2810: Sounds like he actually got lucky ending up wit a family that treated him well instead of chaining him up as a sex slave. This is what happens in a place that treats sons like gold and daughters as shte.


But there doesn't seem to be any explanation for how they ended up with him to begin with.  They are not going to have charges pressed against them, which can only mean on thing...  He was kidnapped, and someone paid a great deal of money to the kidnappers.  Then that person sold off the kid to his adoptive family, probably making it look legit.

I would imagine in a place like China, that sort of thing happens quite frequently.
 
2013-05-17 09:18:25 AM
It would make a better movie if he had been raised by Shaolin monks in a remote temple high in the mountains, and used his fighting skills to defeat the criminal gangs that were terrorizing his long-lost family and their humble fishing/farming village.
 
2013-05-17 09:29:53 AM

GBB: Geez.  Most of the time, Google Maps puts markers clear on the other side of town for well known businesses in my area.  I can't imagine the luck of this guy to find his way back home.


Heh, when the gubmint decides to whack me with a drone strike, they'll probably get the park halfway down the block; that's where MY place shows up.
 
2013-05-17 09:30:28 AM

dangelder: the_rhino: Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?

He'd go to the Wong place.


+1
 
2013-05-17 09:32:00 AM

Guns n' Farkin Roses: His parents tried desperately to find him, but in their defense, many of the children did look alike.


Plus they kept getting hungry every half hour...
 
2013-05-17 09:32:45 AM

strapp3r: the_rhino: Imagine if he tried to use Apple maps?


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herro?


Thirded...that place real? cool pic, either way...
 
2013-05-17 10:20:10 AM
He should totally pee in the "adoptive" parent's Coke the next time they meet.
 
2013-05-17 11:58:04 AM

AngryDragon: GBB: Geez.  Most of the time, Google Maps puts markers clear on the other side of town for well known businesses in my area.  I can't imagine the luck of this guy to find his way back home.

I think you've confused Google Maps with Apple Maps


/deserved
 
2013-05-17 01:10:20 PM
Is that a shop or a real place?  Any idea where it is?

Figured it out:

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2011/02/house-in-island-of-elliaey.html
 
2013-05-18 02:58:00 PM

Elgonn: Is that a shop or a real place?  Any idea where it is?

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2011/02/house-in-island-of-elliaey.html


I always wonder about places like this:  How do they get fresh water and electricity, and what do they do with sewage?
 
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