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Tasks / Street-ster Eggs

Outside the United States imaginary streets and landmarks are frequently added into maps. This is so that if you make a map using government data without (typically) paying a large sum of money, they can catch you for copyright infringement.

Either find one of these places or make one up yourself (which would entail making or modifying a map, and - ideally - distributing it).

Make a proper marking for your place and/or hang out there for a day.

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Level 2
In the zone of: EquivalenZ
Created by praximity

Terms: thisismyfault

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posted by Adam on August 4th, 2009 2:55 PM

This sounds super although it appears it's not strictly a non-US measure as I'm sure Darkaardvark will show.

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posted by saille is planting praxis on August 6th, 2009 10:20 PM

It's not strictly non-US-ian. My street ends in one, in fact. Google maps and some paper ones take unsuspecting visitors down a cross-street that is actually a stream. I hang out there all the time already (and use it as a pedestrian street to get to the grocery), but I think that's entirely too coincidentally easy to be using as a completion....

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posted by teucer on August 6th, 2009 11:34 PM

In the US, at least, the motive is the opposite of that presented by the task - it's there on the map to catch people who copy the corporate map data.

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posted by Bryce on August 4th, 2009 5:46 PM

"Portal to the Past" XD

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posted by artmouse on August 6th, 2009 9:29 AM


gee, i wonder what class at berkeley would be perfect for this... hmmmmmmm

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posted by relet 裁判長 on February 1st, 2010 11:29 AM

Hmm. It is rather easy to complete this task in a boring manner. It might be difficult to find a creative easter egg though.

Google, for example, uses so horrifyingly wrong maps, that they don't even have to make up any eggs. Smack in the middle of a big town like mine, I would expect one out of hundred streets and placenames to be misspelled.

One of the mistakes that comes to my mind is that they spell the village of "Altthymen" with a single t, making it an "old hymen". No idea if that's much funnier than an old thymus though...

When travelling in South America, I noticed that they placed whole villages into the wrong country, and they were nowhere near the border.


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Street-ster Eggs by ƟE←¤, Bryce January 9th, 2011 9:00 PM

Well, we'd planned on doing this task for about a month. Eventually, one afternoon, Madeline and myself sat down at her computer, did a bit of internet research until we found a SF Chronicle that described the glories of "Trap Streets" or "Bunnies." ...

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Street-ster Eggs by Amoeba Man July 31st, 2012 5:14 PM

Trampled in dust I'll show you a place High on a desert plain Where the streets have no name U2, Where The Streets Have No Name You had better believe I was furious when I couldn't find any such trap streets in Halifax. Googling yielded nothing, us...

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Street-ster Eggs by Mikey Wiesepape January 30th, 2011 10:42 PM

I had always heard about this, but never actually gotten to try it, and when I saw this task, i decided that Now was the time to try it. Apparently, google maps knows a wayto get from the us to Japan. I don't exactly know if this counts, but i think ...

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