I couldn’t help but notice the similarity between the recently-released map searchers are using to look for the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 —
— and another map that made the rounds recently:
If there weren’t obvious and legitimate reasons to be looking where they are, I would say this is a classic example of the streetlight effect*: “239 people went missing – I know! Let’s look for them where all the people are!”
*Here’s the Wikipedia article, in case you aren’t familiar. It purportedly relates the Sufi tale of Nasreddin; obviously, the story is about a man from Chelm.