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(Opposing Views)   "You are two miles from your destination." "You are one mile from your destination." "You are 500 feet from your destination" *Drives into river* "Please make a u-turn"   (opposingviews.com) divider line 61
    More: Fail, Susquehanna River, West Virginia, Pennsylvania State Police, Bradford County, rivers  
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2014-05-30 09:24:08 AM  
OK, whatever you say Ray Charles.
 
2014-05-30 10:08:05 AM  
I was expecting a 78 year-old woman...
 
2014-05-30 11:50:20 AM  
Re-calculating . . . .
 
2014-05-30 11:51:26 AM  
When asked for comment the driver reportedly said, "That gol-dern majik talking map box told me to turn left, I thought it were a river crossing"
 
2014-05-30 11:52:23 AM  
Apple Maps.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-30 11:53:08 AM  
www.iamnotastalker.com
 
2014-05-30 11:53:16 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-30 11:53:57 AM  
Meanwhile, here in Texas we have the opposite problem.

media.star-telegram.com
 
2014-05-30 11:54:08 AM  
24 year old drives into a river at 11pm, sits there on the ground until cops just so happen to drive past eight hours later.
Yeah, I'm sure there was no other factors involved.
 
2014-05-30 11:54:17 AM  

tea_and_cake: [www.iamnotastalker.com image 850x640]


erg!

:(

/ least mine had a caption
 
2014-05-30 11:54:23 AM  
Fail tag is for the Opposing Views site, right stubby?
 
2014-05-30 11:56:22 AM  
He didn't see it because it was dark out? Do vehicles not have headlights in West Virginia?
 
2014-05-30 11:57:00 AM  
There was a sign that says the road ends, but Ash, who was following directions from his GPS device, did not see it because it was dark out, and he drove right into the 40-degree water.

If only there were some device on the front of vehicles that would emit photons when it was dark out.

If only......
 
2014-05-30 11:58:24 AM  

Saners: 24 year old drives into a river at 11pm, sits there on the ground until cops just so happen to drive past eight hours later.
Yeah, I'm sure there was no other factors involved.


Good catch.

He better hope those "other factors" are out of his bloodstream before the test.
 
2014-05-30 11:59:05 AM  
I can hear my mother now:  And if your GPS told you to jump of a bridge, would you?!?!?!!?
 
GBB
2014-05-30 12:00:47 PM  

Tom_Slick: When asked for comment the driver reportedly said, "That gol-dern majik talking map box told me to turn left, I thought it were a river crossing"


Sounds about right for someone from Spencer.  Then again, Walton makes Spencer look like a metropolis.
 
2014-05-30 12:01:54 PM  

SpectroBoy: If only there were some device on the front of vehicles that would emit photons when it was dark out.


The motor emits photons.  (As does the driver)  Might need to be more specific.
 
2014-05-30 12:02:08 PM  
Verizon Navigator tried to murder me the few times I've tried it. And Google often sends me to empty lots when I look for hotels.
 
2014-05-30 12:05:41 PM  

Nothing To See Here: Re-calculating . . . .


Damnit.  I knew I would be too late for this.
 
2014-05-30 12:07:44 PM  

Hand Banana: He didn't see it because it was dark out? Do vehicles not have headlights in West Virginia?



Only coal-powered headlights are allowed in West Virginia.  Anything else would destroy the local economy and cost the state valuable jobs.

I guess the guy ran out of coal.
 
2014-05-30 12:09:54 PM  
media.tumblr.com

obligatory
 
2014-05-30 12:13:20 PM  
media.tumblr.com

/drives me 'round the bend.
 
2014-05-30 12:17:12 PM  
These stories confound me. Don't these people see the river in front of them?  Seriously. Wasn't there a story were someone drove into the ocean because of their GPS? The farking Ocean! are you driving with your eyes closed?
 
2014-05-30 12:20:38 PM  
Last year I was camping out in the Delaware Water Gap (which is nowhere near Delaware, FYI). I set my Tom Tom to take me to the address given me by the campground. Everything was fine as long as I was on major highways, but once I was on the local roads things got confusing. The road got smaller and smaller... narrower and narrower... asphalt, then gravel, then dirt... eventually I came to a gate at the end of a country road with a double track leading away into the woods. I reversed directions and the Tom Tom started in with "At the first opportunity, turn around." I asked directions at a couple of places and finally found my campground. "Did you have any trouble finding us?" the woman behind the counter asked. "As a matter of fact, yes," I answered. "My GPS ended up taking me down a dirt road." "Really?" said the woman. "That generally only happens to people with Tom Toms." BINGO!
 
2014-05-30 12:20:49 PM  
I've worked with several people who would make great concentration camp guards as they just follow instructions blindly.  The do the most inane things because some told them to do it and they never even thought to question it.  I'm guessing there is a segment of similar individuals who maybe unknowingly view their GPS as an authority figure and obey.
 
2014-05-30 12:21:46 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: SpectroBoy: If only there were some device on the front of vehicles that would emit photons when it was dark out.

The motor emits photons.  (As does the driver)  Might need to be more specific.


How about: 
One or more devices emitting a sufficient quantity of photons in the visible range and in a forward direction as to allow an operator to visually resolve obstacles from a distance of no less than 50 feet.
 
2014-05-30 12:26:14 PM  

eeyore102: [media.tumblr.com image 500x332]

obligatory


Came for the Doctor Who reference (with simulpost goodness).  Leaving satisfied.
 
2014-05-30 12:26:47 PM  

abhorrent1: These stories confound me. Don't these people see the river in front of them?


To be honest, this doesn't seem any more confounding than people who drive into other cars, trees etc.  Which happens many times per day.  People are absolute dumbfarks who try driving though solid objects.   I've been driving for 30 years and still have never once tried driving through a solid object.  It is intuitive to me that it is a bad idea.
 
2014-05-30 12:28:16 PM  

SpectroBoy: How about: 
One or more devices emitting a sufficient quantity of photons in the visible range and in a forward direction as to allow an operator to visually resolve obstacles from a distance of no less than 50 feet.


Oh yes, I see now.
 
2014-05-30 12:30:05 PM  

SpectroBoy: There was a sign that says the road ends, but Ash, who was following directions from his GPS device, did not see it because it was dark out, and he drove right into the 40-degree water.

If only there were some device on the front of vehicles that would emit photons when it was dark out.

If on

SpectroBoy: There was a sign that says the road ends, but Ash, who was following directions from his GPS device, did not see it because it was dark out, and he drove right into the 40-degree water.

If only there were some device on the front of vehicles that would emit photons when it was dark out.

If only......

Who are you

who are so wise in the ways of science?
 
2014-05-30 12:30:06 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: abhorrent1: These stories confound me. Don't these people see the river in front of them?

To be honest, this doesn't seem any more confounding than people who drive into other cars, trees etc.  Which happens many times per day.  People are absolute dumbfarks who try driving though solid objects.   I've been driving for 30 years and still have never once tried driving through a solid object.  It is intuitive to me that it is a bad idea.


That's nice and all but how many rivers have you tried driving through?
 
2014-05-30 12:30:47 PM  
*sigh*
 
2014-05-30 12:33:05 PM  
Apple Maps release an update?
 
2014-05-30 12:34:17 PM  
 
2014-05-30 12:34:30 PM  
Hey guys!  What's going on in this....  oh lawd...

a.abcnews.com
 
2014-05-30 12:44:33 PM  
If you want to have some fun with the OnStar people, contact them when your vehicle is parked on a frozen lake in winter and you're out there fishing or whatever. If you're lucky, you can get one of them to panic and think your vehicle is underwater and your life is in danger.

Okay, it's mean but the fun is there nonetheless.
 
2014-05-30 12:45:19 PM  
You are now in the river.

Plotting a course for adventure on the High Seas ... plotting .... plotting .... plotting to kill you ... plotting .... plotting .....

Being in a car with one of those machines is annoying, but then so is my Father. Combined they are an order of magnitude more annoying.

He turned the damn thing on for a trip to Quebec City.

Here's my advice on how to get to Quebec City.

Make a right turn onto the Trans Canada Highway. Follow Trans Canada highway until you see a sign that says "Quebec-ville. Prochaine sortie". Turn onto road to Quebec City.

Why would you need to turn on the stupid machine before you reach Lévis?

My Father is getting on and his driving increasingly scares me, but listening to a stupid computer is even scarier. I thiink it is warning sign if you start to rely on anything not invented in the Nineteenth Century or earlier. The telephone, the fax machine and even radio you can trust because they were well under way by 1900. But you should not trust or rely upon television, computers or any device that requires batteries. Or toasters. Toasters are not to be trusted. They're just lying in wait until they can burn down your house and kill you.
 
2014-05-30 12:47:23 PM  

Saners: That's nice and all but how many rivers have you tried driving through?


Now see here, lad.  Most small bodies of water are quite navigable in a good American made motor car.  When I was your age, we didn't have all this nancy boy "paved roads".    In fact there was this one time I remember......
 
2014-05-30 12:53:19 PM  
There was no moon out that night. Cletus was tired, and feeling a little bloated from that last quart of shine him and Lerleen guzzled at the possum boil earlier that evening. So I am convinced this was just an understandable occurrence. Let's hope nobody goes looking for Lerleen, or examines the five empty mason jars in the back seat.
 
2014-05-30 12:56:05 PM  

brantgoose: Toasters are not to be trusted. They're just lying in wait until they can burn down your house and kill you.


The trick is to not place the toaster next to the coffee maker. Coffee makers are real instigators.
 
2014-05-30 01:01:41 PM  
It's understandable...

Being from WV, the GPS naturally assumed he was looking for a non-contaminated water source.
 
2014-05-30 01:01:57 PM  
"So you see the GPS in the caawh told me to drive into the tidal channel"

cdn2-b.examiner.com
 
2014-05-30 01:21:11 PM  

Cheron: I've worked with several people who would make great concentration camp guards as they just follow instructions blindly.  The do the most inane things because some told them to do it and they never even thought to question it.  I'm guessing there is a segment of similar individuals who maybe unknowingly view their GPS as an authority figure and obey.


Oh, and heaven forbid something comes up that requires a decision.  Shut down the line, send people home, call somebody that will take the blame if it was the wrong decision.
 
2014-05-30 01:23:24 PM  
He swam to shore and was found eight hours later near the river bank by rescuers who say the driver is lucky to be alive. "With the river and the forces the way they are, it wouldn't take much for someone to drown very easily. Time is the essence and we want to get there as soon as possible," Fassett told the news station.

s24.postimg.org
 
2014-05-30 01:48:16 PM  

Old Man Winter: Verizon Navigator tried to murder me the few times I've tried it. And Google often sends me to empty lots when I look for hotels.


My Garmin like to route me through the worst areas of the ghetto.

"Drive past interstate on-ramp. Turn left on Martin Luther King blvd. Turn right on Malcom X ave. Turn right on Black Panther lane. Take interstate on-ramp"

What the fark you bastard? What was wrong with that first mile of interstate? I didn't need to see the live Broadway play of Boys in the Hood. Thanks. Now I have 'honkey lips' spray painted on my car and I'm addicted to crack.
 
2014-05-30 02:08:41 PM  

tea_and_cake: [www.iamnotastalker.com image 850x640]


came here for this! 10-Q!
 
2014-05-30 02:09:13 PM  
My GPS took me right to the main entrance to the NSA.  They were not happy to see me. The young guard looked into my truck and asked if the map I had next to me was not "good enough" for me. I wanted to tell Skippy that it's friggin hard to watch the road and read a map all at the same time but the gun he had told me to keep my mouth shut and just act stupid. It was trying to get me to the OTHER SIDE of Ft Meade.
 
2014-05-30 02:16:19 PM  
I live in Silicon Valley, and I was trying to get back on the freeway from San Francisco, which I try to avoid like the plague, so I'm never that familiar with the streets there. I live south, by San Jose, well my GPS was trying to route me over the Bay Bridge (which is due east if you don't know the area), not sure why, maybe it knows a shortcut I don't. Luckily there are these things called signs that directed me to the southbound entrance of 101. I'm still convinced those things are good for like the last 2 or 3 miles of your destination.
 
2014-05-30 02:50:19 PM  

MythDragon: Old Man Winter: Verizon Navigator tried to murder me the few times I've tried it. And Google often sends me to empty lots when I look for hotels.

My Garmin like to route me through the worst areas of the ghetto.

"Drive past interstate on-ramp. Turn left on Martin Luther King blvd. Turn right on Malcom X ave. Turn right on Black Panther lane. Take interstate on-ramp"

What the fark you bastard? What was wrong with that first mile of interstate? I didn't need to see the live Broadway play of Boys in the Hood. Thanks. Now I have 'honkey lips' spray painted on my car and I'm addicted to crack.


You know the destination will be bad when it is at the corner of Nation of Islam Way and Tupac Shakur Blvd
 
2014-05-30 03:03:21 PM  
We had a trainee come in. Part of orientation is getting a map of the city and having them look at our map books and color in the various sectors throughout the city. Label them. Enter thousand blocks etc.
the purpose is the map books have sectors on individual pages so this gives them a big picture of where the sectors are in relation to each other. Also, so they can begin to familiarize themselves with areas they may not know so well.

This trainee said she didn't know how to read a map. She hadn't the foggiest idea how or where to start on her map and said, "isn't there just gps or something?"

She was only 6 years younger than me.....how can I read a map and she can't?!?

She didn't make it through training.
 
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