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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: Man says he found the Loch Ness monster through Apple’s Map app

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

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A man claims he has irrefutable proof the Loch Ness monster exists after finding an image of the mythical creature through Apple’s map application.
“I could see something big under the water and I saved it [an image] to my phone. My first thought was that it was the monster and I contacted Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club,” said Andy Dixon.
Interestingly the image doesn’t appear through Google’s more popular Google Maps application.Appleinsider.com says that Apple’s map software is powered by data from DigitalGlobe.
In reality, since Apple’s map app is so horrible, the Loch Ness monster was probably just a piece of virtual road that somehow found its way into the middle of Loch Ness.

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Late last week The Daily Mail posted images of what claimed to possibly be the Loch Ness Monster found in a satellite image within Apple Maps. Members and ‘experts’ from the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club got all excited, with Club president Gary Campbell saying:
‘We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is. It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn’t one here. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.
It didn’t help that Apple executive Phil Schiller tweeted out the link as a joke, snowballing the story:

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