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  1. Don’t Listen to a GPS That Tells You to Ignore Danger Signs and Move Boulders

    GPSes are wonderful things -- In New York City, they're essential for navigating the labyrinthine hell known only as "West 4th Street," but their convenience is diminished by their unfortunate tendency to attempt to lead us to our dooms.

    A group of tourists in Australia needed to be rescued by police after they too-literally followed a GPS' directions, even when it told them to bypass danger signs, move rocks obstructing the road, and drive into a nearly inaccessible gully in the woods.

    South Korean tourists travelling from Brisbane to Rockhampton had to be rescued from a remote track in a forestry reserve in southeast Queensland after they tried to follow the directions given by their car's GPS system.

    The three followed gravel roads, then dirt roads, then went through a couple of gates, and ended up bogged in a gully in Cordalba State Forest, near Childers.

    The men, who did not speak English, ignored danger signs and moved rocks blocking a road, to get to an isolated point that was practically inaccessible, the Bundaberg NewsMail reports.

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  2. New Boy Scout Badge: Geocaching

    The Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th birthday this year with events, an official US postage stamp, a commemorative coin, and of course, the brand new Geocaching Badge. In case you don't know what geocaching is (and if you don't, you should really read this webcomic XKCD), its basically GPS enhanced treasure hunting. Sites like maintain a database of caches hidden by the geocaching community. Pop in your zip code, and the site will deliver unto you a list of the closest caches, identified only by latitude and longitude. Feed the lat and long into your gps device, and start your search. The activity combines the best of new technology and the old scouting standby: navigating the outdoors.

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