That Malaysia Airlines search pattern sure looks familiar

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 —

map plane malaysia

— 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!”

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*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.

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