Do you have your Bathing Suit On?

Let’s have a little fun today, shall we? Google Maps is providing some fascinating directions, such as this one from Stanford University to KTH-hallen, Stockholm, Sweden. Take a look at step 33 below:

Google Maps Directions Step 33

Here is a visual look at your swim:

Google Maps Directions Swim

That’s one heck of a swim! But at least they have an idea that these directions are not particularly efficient:

Google Maps Directions Time

It looks like it takes about 31 days and 18 hours. Note that Google must think we are extraordinarily fast swimmers. Even if you allowed all the estimated time to just the swim, it still comes out to about 4.5 miles per hour, or about the speed of a brisk walk. Now that’s cooking!

Philipp Lenssen picked up on this too, and provides a different example for going from Harvard University in Cambridge Mass to King’s College, Cambridge England.

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