Google Earth seems to think that England does not have enough towns and has decided to put one of its own in.
According to the Telegraph, people have been wondering what Google was on about when it identified a place called Argleton in Lancashire. It appears on Google Maps and online directories but is about as real as the mythical MooMoo bird which eats the negative thoughts of insects and weaves nests in the shape of Norway.
The “town” appears on Google Maps in the middle of fields close to the M58 motorway, just south of Ormskirk and thanks to the wonders of computer technology even has its own postcode.
If you do an internet search for the town you can get adverts home, job and dating listings for people and places “in Argleton”, as well as websites which help people find its nearest chiropractor and even plan jogging or hiking routes through it.
Google is not sure how the town entered its data base. The Telegraph suggests that it is an anagram of “Not Real G”, and “Not Large”.
Roy Bayfield, head of corporate marketing at what would be Argleton’s closest university, Edge Hill, in Ormskirk, was so intrigued by the mystery that he walked to the where the internet indicated was the centre of Argleton to check that there was definitely nothing there.
Apparently he was a little disappointed because he expected to find an alternate universe like Narnia. Instead he found just acres of green, empty fields.