paper towns and life imitating art

I read this post on Strange Maps blog a few days agloe ago which refers to the practice by map companies of putting fake towns (or rivers, hills, churches, etc) in their maps so as to trip up anyone who tries to copy one of their maps rather than doing the hardwork themselves.

In this particular story a place that started as an imaginary small town has become real (leading to a brief legal battle between the company that created it and the one that innocently located it).

Given that the map company that invented it and the store that took the name have both long gone it’s interesting that Google Maps still calls that point by the same name.

Algoe is an imagined community that never really existed but has nonetheless become real despite no one really caring about it…

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