Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Google Maps edition

Most people have tried Googling for themselves. For example, if you Google for my name, the first hit brings you to this blog, as you might expect. If you instead Google for Benji Milanowski’s name, the first hit brings you to, um, this blog again.

But have you ever tried searching for your name… on Google Maps?

If you try searching for my name on Google Maps, you get exactly one result.

For Kent Hovind.

How exactly does that happen? Kent Hovind and I are nothing alike, with the possible exception of both of us being carbon-based life forms largely composed of water. For example:

  • My last name begins with a K, whereas his first name begins with a K.
  • I wrote a program that tries to use genetic algorithms to play Nintendo games (what ever happened to that anyway?), whereas he operated a young-earth creationist theme park called Dinosaur Adventure Land.
  • I got a federal tax refund this year, whereas he got sentenced to ten years of prison for federal tax evasion.

So yeah, that search result couldn’t possibly be more wrong. It doesn’t even have Kent Hovind’s current address (Federal Correctional Institution, Edgefield, South Carolina).

[Editor’s note: Thanks to Phil “Bad Astronomer” Plait for coming up with the idea.]