An innocent typo led to a giant 212-story obelisk in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Found on The Verge on Saturday, 05 September 2020
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University student Nathan Wright made an edit to OpenStreetMap data for part of his degree work last year, adding more than two hundred stories to a building that’s actually just two stories. Wright meant to type 2, but instead he typed 212 in the data section for floors.

The typo made its way into Microsoft’s Bing Maps data, which Asobo Studio, the developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator, uses to map out the world in the game.

Never trust data.