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I read an article about a new location app called What3Words. It’s beautifully simple way to locate sites that literally have no address, like out in the sticks or in third world countries.
The surface of Earth has been mapped out into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares (about 100 square feet each). Each square is identified by a randomly selected set of three English words. For example, the Union Plaza hotel at 1 S. Main St in Las Vegas has an address of mirror.joke.happen. That 100 ft² area of the planet is on the Union Plaza property and nowhere else in the world.
And the Union Plaza has such a large footprint that there are literally hundreds of three-word addresses it could choose from that lead one directly to that property.
I had a lot to choose from for where we live and have settled on a three-word address that I can easily remember. I just now picked one for our house overseas. If you can find what you’re looking for in Google Maps or Google Earth, you can find an address for it that anyone can use to get there, even if it has no real address. It’s like using latitude and longitude but being able to remember just a simple three word combination instead of a lengthy string of numbers.
Bring up the W3W map and play with it. Debate.forum.group is in Lazy Mountain, Alaska. Actual.fake.news is in New Sidney, South Wales.
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