Employees at Longleat Safari Park
in Wiltshire, England, started noticing something strange recently. The giant, three-dimensional hedge maze that normally takes 90 minutes of hair-pulling panic to complete was becoming a breeze for many patrons, who were blowing through the attraction in a matter of minutes. Eventually the workers realized that many were ingeniously using their phones to cheat their way through the labyrinth
. By pulling up satellite images of the maze on Google
Maps and Google Earth, the digital adventurers were able to use GPS to navigate through the nearly two miles
of seven-foot-hedge-lined paths. Employees have also reported seeing some wanderers attempting to snap photos with their phones by reaching above the hedge-line, skirting the surprise of upcoming twists and turns.
Using GPS and satellite images to cheat your way through a hedge maze is certainly counter to the spirit of the challenge, but we've got to congratulate them on their ingenuity.