Tennis pro fails geography

When tennis pro Bojana Jovanovski landed in Carlsbad, New Mexico for the Mercury Insurance Open last week, everything seemed fine—until she realized she was in the wrong Carlsbad. The tournament was in Carlsbad, California. Oops. If only her travel planner had a paid a bit more attention in geography class, she wouldn't have made the 1,000 mile blunder. Jovanovski did eventually get to her match in California... with just minutes to spare. She lost. Hopefully, her next stop won't be Wimbledon Boulevard in Columbus, Ohio.  (You can read more about Jovanovski's Carlsbad experience here.)

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  1. This happens more than you'd think, and to lots of people. For instance, if someone doesn't say "Dulles" correctly to a travel agent, he/she/it may end up in Dallas instead and wonder what happened. A lot of people are also geographically challenged, and that doesn't help because they don't know where they're "supposed" to be going--the big bus with wings is somehow supposed to "know" where they want to go.

    The worst one I've seen was when I lived in Texas, and a woman asked me where the taxis to Penn State University were. Follow me here: she was going to State College, PA, but ended up in College Station, TX. (Apparently, this woman also didn't know that American Airlines doesn't go to State College, or notice that she was connecting to a regional "puddle jumper" in Dallas...) "State College" and "College Station" aren't THAT much alike, and the airport codes are very different, but the mistake happened anyway. Maybe we just spend too much time in life on autopilot.