Users of the early version of GPS were haunted by the word “recalculating,” which instantly told us we screwed up and didn’t follow the directions properly. That voice belongs to Karen Jacobsen, an Australian singer and voiceover artist who became the voice of the Global Positioning System navigational application in 2002. The minute Jacobsen says that word in this video, the memories come flooding back. It’s just a word, delivered oh-so neutrally, but over time it seemed to take on a judgmental tone, even though it wasn’t my fault I didn’t have time to get into the proper lane! Jacobsen had to say the word “approximately” 168 times, but drivers have heard “recalculating” exponentially more. Still, after all this time, it’s nice to be able to put a face with that voice, thanks to Great Big Story. They said,
Listen beautiful relax classics on our Youtube channel.
Thank you Karen, we’d be lost without you!
The Great Big Story folks have been silent for three years, and we are glad to see they are back! -via Laughing Squid