12. Google Maps Error Leads to Costa Rican Invasion

Date: Nov. 5, 2010

Nicaraguan military commander Eden Pastora used Google Maps to lead his troops into what he thought was Nicaraguan territory, where they took down Costa Rican flags and planted their own. It never crossed their minds that they were actually on Costa Rican soil. Pastora and government officials blamed Google Maps for the accidental invasion, while Google blamed the U.S. State Department for providing faulty boarder source data. Google fixed the map once it received the correct statistics. The incident has since contributed to the hostile tensions between the two, as both nations have argued over the land surrounding the San Juan River dating back to the mid-19th century. Damn, no one uses paper maps anymore?