The deadly temptation of the Oregon Trail shortcut

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Imagine you are in your car, trying to get somewhere in an area you’ve never been. You pull up a map, spot a shortcut, and decide to take it, since it appears that you’ll save a lot of time. Then eventually you notice a lack of gas stations or any facilities, then your cell service fades out, and the pavement turns to gravel. — Read the rest