Wrong Address by 10,000 kilometers

Yesterday we got this letter delivered to our house:

Wrong Address Letter 2011

We live on Sycamore Lane in Buena Park, California, this was addressed to Sycamore Drive in Sunnynook, Auckland, New Zealand. I looked it up: that’s off by 6517 miles (10,489 kilometers).

I wonder what is the world record distance for incorrectly delivered mail? 6517 miles is certainly the longest distance I’ll personally experience in my lifetime, but I suppose in the course of human history, there might have been a letter delivered to Spain instead of New Zealand, or vice versa. Those two countries are “antipodal” (see my web page about antipode maps) and are the maximum farthest distance away.

So actually, if this letter had been delivered to somewhere along the MA-8403 road near Ronda, Spain (Google Map link), that would be the farthest possible distance.

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    I wonder what is the world record distance for incorrectly delivered mail? 6517 miles is certainly the longest distance I’ll personally experience in my lifetime, but I suppose in the course of human history, there might have been a letter delivered to Spain instead of New Zealand, or vice versa. Those two countries are “antipodal” (see my web page about antipode maps ) and are the maximum farthest distance away.

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