Ringo, Lou Reed, other stars pop up in wrong Milan

The Internet doesn't always get its geography right

Milan, GA

Residents of central Georgia looking for a night out Sunday may have found themselves temporarily excited to see that ex-Beatle Ringo Starr would be playing locally. At least that's what it looked like on the web site of Macon television station 13WMAZ.

Sorry, Ringo fans, it's not happening.

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Station managing editor Bernie O'Donnell explains in an e-mail:

"Milan, Georgia (pronounced MY-lan) has a population of about 1,000, and is located in one of our most rural counties. Milan, Italy is ... well, I think we're all clear on that part.

"Obviously, some kind of glitch with the service that provides listings for our web site confused the two and placed Ringo -- and Arcade Fire and Lou Reed and several no-doubt-famous Italian artists -- in Milan,  Georgia.

"One of our young producers was shocked and dumbfounded until I pointed out that the Arena Civica of Milano was probably not in Telfair County, Georgia."

The right arena was listed along with the wrong Milan.

Hey, everyone makes mistakes, but this mix-up is even more amusing when you learn a little bit about Milan, Georgia and the Arena Civica of Milano.

The town of Milan, Georgia is a speck of a place that covers just over 3 square miles.  It's not clear that this Milan has a music venue bigger than anyone's shower.

Opened in 1807, the Arena Civica of Milano seats up to 30,000 spectators.

With parking and all, I'm not sure it would fit in Milan, Georgia.

(For the record: O'Donnell is a longtime friend of mine.)

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