Many roads lead through Manhattan
In the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the concept of distance has become more topical. It is not only diverse in mathematics, it can also lead to confusion in everyday life. And gets completely new applications in the digital world.
When I was planning my New York vacation, I decided to stay in Manhattan. Because I originally come from a rural area, I didn't want to miss out on some nature and greenery during my stay. So when I was looking for a room, I made sure that the hotel was close to a beautiful park, of which there are fortunately many in Manhattan. And so, after some time, I found a nice place to stay that met my needs.
On the website, the hotel advertised that a park was only 1.4 kilometers away - which is a comparatively short distance in 60 square kilometer Manhattan. After I booked the room, I took a closer look at the property's location on a map. And that's when I discovered that you have to walk almost 2 kilometers to the park - and not just 1.4 as advertised.
Did the hotel knowingly advertise with false information, or were the staff simply unfamiliar with our measurement system? Both allegations turned out to be false…