From Dallas to Paris

I use Google Maps all the time. Not only do I use it when I want to look at satellite photos of the roof of my house, I also use it when I need directions. If I don’t know where I’m going, Google does. I can just type in the destination address, and presto. A map appears with detailed directions from my front door to wherever it is that I am going.

I only use Google Maps when I am driving, and that usually means that I am driving somewhere in the U.S. But have you ever wondered what would happen if you got Google directions from your house to an overseas address? Well, that is what I did this evening.

I made a Google map with a starting address in Dallas, Texas and a destination address in Paris, France. According to Google, the journey is 5,347 miles. That is a long way, but if you drive an average of 60mph you would expect to arrive in Paris in about 4 days time. Yet according to Google, the trip takes “about 30 days 6 hours”!

Why does Google estimate such a long period of time for this trip? You have to read through Google’s detailed directions in order to find the answer. I have a hunch that the real slow part of the trip appears in direction #22 which reads as follows: “Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 3,462 mi.”

Well, yes. I guess I can see how that swimming-across-the-ocean part would make the trip last a little longer than one otherwise would have expected.

4 Responses to From Dallas to Paris

  1. Trace April 28, 2007 at 12:16 am #

    That is the funniest thing I have seen in a awhile. You crack me up. Needed something funny after watching the Mavs!!

  2. JB April 28, 2007 at 6:57 am #

    Do you know why there are so many trees in Paris?

    The Germans like to march in the shade.

  3. Barry April 28, 2007 at 7:59 am #

    So can the average swimmer actually comfortably swim 100+ miles a day? That’s better than 4-5 miles an hour, never stopping for sleep or rest. I for one, question the time estimate…….. Ha ha.

  4. Mark April 29, 2007 at 7:58 am #


    There is an email joke that has been making the rounds about the same thing.

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