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Thanks to the internet, living at the center of the U.S. is a nightmare

Kai Ryssdal Apr 14, 2016
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Thanks to the internet, living at the center of the U.S. is a nightmare

Kai Ryssdal Apr 14, 2016
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If you take a look at a map of the United States, you’ll see that the center of the country lies somewhere in Kansas, up by the Nebraska border. To be technical,  the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates are 39°50′N 98°35′W. And just southwest of that spot is a plot of land owned by a woman named Joyce Taylor. 

The property houses a house, farm, pasture and two orchards. It’s quiet and remote; the nearest neighbor is about a mile away. But for about a decade, Taylor was getting lots of very mysterious, angry visitors. FBI agents, federal marshals, and even a smashed up toilet all turned up on her front lawn. Taylor had no idea what was causing all of the commotion, until she received a phone call from Fusion’s Kashmir Hill. As it turned out, the source of the problem was a bizarre internet mapping glitch, and Taylor was not the only victim. 

Click the audio player above to hear more. Read the full story at Fusion

 

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