Nicaragua invades Costa Rica due to Google Maps error

By Emil ยท 132 replies
Nov 4, 2010
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  1. Former Nicaraguan military commander Eden Pastora is blaming Google Maps for ordering his army to invade a portion of Costa Rica, according to Search Engine Land. The troops set up camp, took down a Costa Rican flag, raised the Nicaraguan flag, destroyed a protected forest, cleaned up a nearby river, and dumped the sediment in Costa Rican territory.

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  2. speeedy6

    speeedy6 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Lol I find this hilarious!
  3. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    This is so absurd, I mean what the heck!!
    I'm actually short of words here. =/
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Oh wow this is ridiculously funny. :D The military using Google.. we're doomed!
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ...oh I see what happened here. The Nicaraguan army Didn't stay "slightly right "at Rio San Juan.
    oooppsy daisy!
  6. hahahahahaha

    todays big fail
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    Agreed with Guest, What a FAIL this is :p
  8. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    This must be a joke... a government let this happen? What a FAILURE.
  9. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    Wow this is funny in a ridiculous way, furthermore I think the military decided to use Google maps instead of the official map because they thought it'd be more accurate and up to date, I'm just saying.
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Why did they destroy the forest preserve? I don't get that part.

    Are they trying to lower the number of specialists in the nearby Costa Rican town?

    Too bad Microsoft probably doesn't want to piss of the Nicaraguan government, this would make one hell of an advertising campaign.

    Maybe someone in their military read the article about US special forces using Android phones, so they figured why not be like the Americans and also use Google to aid their military.

    Will Google now need to put a disclaimer on Google Maps, "For non-military use only"?
  11. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,667   +987

    Or the other way around, promote it saying "Google Maps: Even the military uses it"
  12. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    What a serious government!
  13. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Sounds like they were just using Google as a scapegoat, an excuse to mess with Costa Rica. I'm sure if you'd just reclaimed part of your country from a neighbouring one the first action wouldn't have been to destroy your own forest land...
  14. thebluemeaner

    thebluemeaner TS Rookie Posts: 64

    the note says that they took down a costa rican flag, apparently costa rica had taken the land for themselves...
  15. bioflex

    bioflex TS Enthusiast Posts: 71

    now this is soo hilarious....come on, how could they base their actions on google maps when they already had real maps which they had been using for soo long?....
  16. Governments love to look as gods on earth and morally superior to justify their forceful actions on peaceful people. I love how stories like this show how amateur they really are. Wake up, we are ruled by morons who just happen to be good at fooling us into obedience. It's all a show.
  17. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    You just can't make this stuff up can you....
  18. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15

    This military commander Eden Pastora is just soooo foolish to do this act! Why didn't he called up Google and told them about the problem? WTF?!
  19. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Or, ---> Google Maps: Serve you best when you are in mood of invading and looting any of your neighbors :D

    But after this incidence, another probability can come into play i.e. they may force likes of google to use maps they approve of.
  20. Bluemagma

    Bluemagma TS Rookie

    Eden Pastora says, " I wonder if I can see my kingdom on google maps!, here's my house, heres my mothers house....." click click click.. CLLLIIICCCKKK. "OH HELL NO!, GATHER THE TROOPS! THEY TOOK THIS FROM UNDER OUR NOSE!"

    Costa Rica says, "?"

    Eden Pastora says, "ATTAAAAAAACK!!!!"

    Costa Rica says "Do we even have an army?"

    Eden Pastora says, "Enrique Call google immediately about our conquest. Tell them to send a team down for new images"

    Costa Rica says, " Seriously WTF?"

    Eden Pastora says, "AH HAAAAH my first true victory!
  21. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    ...and fails by doing so.
  22. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,484   +45

    Are we being punk'd?
  23. This is positively the biggest fail in military history.
  24. urluckee

    urluckee TS Rookie

    and who relies on google maps?
  25. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    this actually brightened up my day! :)
    **** day at work, thought i'm jump on techspot to see possibly the funnyest comment i've ever read :)

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