Not that I am one to raise asparagus, BUT...
The next thing I believe I'll hear is an outbreak of drop bear attacks and hoop snake deaths in SE Aus.
Seeing that I drive through the "area of concern" on a fortnightly basis:
1) the apple maps error was around 20km not 3000 light years as the media seems to be suggesting
2) it is important to note that using a mobile phone while driving is illegal in this country
3) if you can get mobile coverage in that area good enough to use the internet, then how come you can't call 000 (911 to you folks), so getting lost for 5 hours, 24 hours, 342 years seems a bit like a load of ...
4) I was in Mildura on the day that the original "lost in the Sunset park" story broke. In fact, I was having a beer with the local copper. The original story is this:
A young couple were in the park doing whatever young couples do. They were low on petrol and got a bit lost trying to find their way back out. So they rang the coppers and the coppers drove out and showed them the way back out to the main road. Yay! Everyone was saved. Nobody died of thirst, drop bear bites nor hoop snake strangling.
Seeing as it is summer here and the general level of news events is kind of low, the local newspaper police reporter beat up the story a bit to the level of "couple saved from Sunset Park". (For gawd's sake he had to have something to put on page 6!)
This is where it gets out of hand. The newspaper guy is talking to the copper. He whips out his iphone and discovers that Mildura isn't where it should be. Aha! There's a story there! He showed the copper, who said (and I can't quote, but it went along the lines of) "Yep, that's not right I suppose we ought to warn people about that." Now, multiply that by about 4 levels of media....
Yes, he did file a report and yes, it went through the required channels and yes, Apple were notified and yes Virginia, there is a dingo with Sandy Claws and ... they fixed it! Wow! Isn't life good after all.
), that's not the end of the story is it?