Monday, March 06, 2006

Hyperactive Bait

"Tokyo is huge. Something like 15 million people live there, and my estimate is that at any given moment, 14.7 million of them are lost. This is because the Tokyo street system holds the world outdoor record for randomness. A map of Tokyo looks like a tub of hyperactive bait. There is virtually no street that goes directly from anywhere to anywhere."

Dave Barry

(Note: This is true. One Tokyo place that I lived in wasn't even on a street - it was in the centre of a block. When we first arrived it took the cab driver half an hour to find the block and then another half an hour for us to find the way through to the building. The Japanese perfected the fax machine so that people could send maps to each other.)

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