Here is an interesting article I read last year about Argleton, a place that doesn't exist.
Thanks to what is presumably an error by Google's cartographers, a place name tag has been given to the middle of a field for a town that has never existed. This in itself isn't particularly interesting, but what does make this fascinating is the way in which the web has then, automatically, given this un-place all the accoutrements of somewhere real . Many websites reference gmaps and its tags to build their content automatically. Because of this, if you search for a property, service or location near Argleton, it will tell you. You could be forgiven for thinking that Argleton is a thriving small town with many businesses, schools, pubs, even an average house price (despite there being no houses...).
I suppose this interests me in the same way as this earlier post, in that it is possible, through bringing our own preconceptions or oblique reference to bear on a subject for which we have no other evidence, we can construct a whole society, economy and politic, for this town, which might lead us to assume it's physical characteristics. The evidence points to a little commuter belt town, low density, detached houses, windy roads.
And yet none of these things exist. Except within the web.