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Sunday, April 20, 2008


I stumbled across this image today while searching around Google Maps.  One of my frequent beefs with Google Maps is that you can find a beautiful place but have absolutely no idea what it is called.  Turns out the folks on Rottnest Island (just off the coast of Perth, Australia) had the same beef too - so they carved out the name of the island in trees.

Now the only question is “why is it upside down”?  Did they screw it up or is Google Maps upside-down if you look at it from an Australian IP address?  I know for a fact that Aussies have in the past been angered that the Northern Hemisphere is traditionally (and arbitrarily) at the top of almost all maps:

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