Google Maps solves quantum physics problem

It would appear that Google’s crack team of engineers has managed to solve an age-old quantum physics problem: can an object be in two places at once? The answer, according to Google Maps, is a resounding yes.

A few months ago Y, B and I decided to grab some Pho for dinner. Since we were at my house, we looked up Pho on Google Maps, and, rather at random, choose Pho Blossom. We got directions and set off, and spent 30 minutes driving around looking for the restaurant, only to never find it.

Tonight, Y and I again decided we wanted Pho for dinner, and decided to try to find Pho Blossom again. We went to Google, did our Pho-near-95008 search, and again got directions, and, again, spent 30 minutes trying to find the restaurant before giving up and going somewhere else.

Try this quantum physics experiment for yourself:

  1. Visit Google Maps
  2. Enter ‘pho near 95008’ and Search
  3. Click the ‘Pho Blossom’ link (B, when I do it)
  4. Note the address (124 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, CA 95123)
  5. Click ‘From here’ and enter that same address into the destination
  6. Wonder in amazement at Google’s directions from 124 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, CA 95123 to 124 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, CA 95123. One address, two locations!


Quantum physics will never be the same.

(If you do a search for “Pho Blossom, San Jose“, you’ll see two entries on Google Maps. One of them (B in my case) doesn’t exist.)