I've been messing around with Wolfram Alpha, the hot new search thing, and it's pretty cool in that it is radically different from Google, Yahoo, and Live Search, or whatever Microsoft will be calling its search tool next week. The creators call Wolfram Alpha a "computational knowledge engine." Indeed, Wolfram Alpha is owned by Wolfram Research, the people who make the Mathematica application.
So you would think they'd be into precision. But as the accompanying map shows, they are not. Despite the fact Wolfram Research is headquartered in a state that adjoins Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes are a blob as far as Wolfram Alpha is concerned, as I learned when it otherwise skillfully pulled up the stats on my hometown, Albion, Mich. (red dot).