From Hamburg to New York in 29 days: Swim Across the Atlantic Ocean

April 27, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Funny, Google | 3 Comments
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A lovely Google Maps Easter Egg: The suggested route includes 5,572km of swimming across the Atlantic Ocean. Click the image to enlarge. And take special note of item 44 in the description of the drive.

  • 42. Take the ramp onto Quai Frissard 1.0 km
    2 mins
  • 43. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto E05 0.9 km
    2 mins
  • 44. Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 5,572 km
    29 days 0 hours

Google Maps

The best thing about it: They suggest this can be done in 29 days:-)

Try this yourself: Open the Google Maps Get directions tool, enter FROM: Hamburg TO: New York, hit enter.

I hope they are not going to remove this one, considering they removed the lovely giant bug in the South of Germany!


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  1. I’m happy to have refreshments ready when you arrive!

  2. Hmmmm… I am not so sure about the estimated duration of this little trip. Usually being able to swin 100 m freestyle under 1 minute is enough to get you recognized–meaning you will have won a serious amount of medals at this point. This means full-speed swimming, which you cannot do for more than 100 m. In fact, Bud Spencer (always a welcome reference) was the first Italian to swim the 100m freestyle under 1 minute, enough to earn him a place in the Olympic semifinals.
    So: even if you swim full speed, which is virtually impossible to keep up, 1000m would still take you 10 minutes (a time not even closely met by the current world record holder). Hence, their estimate is way off to me and you would have to ask your employer for a little more vacation time than google might think.
    Why I am interested in this? Well, I used to be a swimmer and a member of Germany’s B Junior National Team. Now I am a grad student, I smoke and I get winded when I walk up the stars from the subway. Doesn’t this prove once again how my education has improved my life?

  3. Ah, who cares, if I can swim 20 days, I might as well be able to swim 40! I’ll send you a text message before I arrive, so you won’t have to keep the refreshments for too long!

    But Jetsam, you’re in the academic A-Team now! Who cares if you get winded (whatever this means – out of breath? Or does it have flatulent connotations?)!

    You decide whether you’re Face or Murdoch:-)

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