The next two paragraphs below are from the wikipedia writeup about the applications of the Global Positioning System (as of 5/11/09). We are going to use them to find a cache and perform a bit of social engineering.
GPS has become a widely used aid to navigation worldwide, and a useful tool for mapmaking, land surveying, commerce, scientific uses, tracking and surveillance, and hobbies such as geocaching and waymarking. The precise time reference provided by GPS is used in many applications including the scientific study of earthquakes and as a time synchronization source for cellular network protocols.
In addition, GPS has, in the words of the website gps.gov, become a mainstay of transportation systems worldwide, providing navigation for aviation, ground, and maritime operations. Disaster relief and emergency services depend upon GPS for location and timing capabilities in their lifesaving missions. The accurate timing provided by GPS facilitates everyday activities such as banking, mobile phone operations, and even the control of power grids. Farmers, surveyors, geologists and countless others perform their work more efficiently, safely, economically, and accurately using the free and open GPS signals.
Step 1. Pick a word in the first paragragh (the italicized one). This can be your favorite word, your least-favorite word, your high-school nickname (Go Fighting Tools!), whatever. This is your starting word.
Step 2. Count the number of letters in your starting word. Now, count forward in the paragraphs that many words. As an example, if "tool" were your starting word, you would count forward 4 words to "surveying". This gives you your next word.
Step 3. Count the number of letters in your next word. Now, count forward in the paragraphs that many words. That gives you your new next word.
Step 4. Repeat Step 3 until you have a word in the final sentence (the boldfaced one). This is your final word.
Step 5. Find your final word in the table below, then use those coordinates to find your special cache. When you log your find, please let me know which word you used as your starting word (and whether it was your high-school nickname).
Note: For the purposes of this experiment, "GPS" is considered a 3-letter word, "mapmaking" and "map-making" are each considered a single 9-letter word, and "lifesaving" and "life-saving" are each considered a single 10-letter word. "gps.gov" is considered a single 6-letter word. Also note that the word "and" is repeated in the final sentence. If your final word is 'and', know which one you are looking for.
FARMERS N 45 07.160 W 93 12.551
SURVEYORS N 45 07.157 W 93 12.541
GEOLOGISTS N 45 07.149 W 93 12.539
AND N 45 07.146 W 93 12.529
COUNTLESS N 45 07.138 W 93 12.527
OTHERS N 45 07.136 W 93 12.517
PERFORM N 45 07.162 W 93 12.535
THEIR N 45 07.159 W 93 12.525
WORK N 45 07.151 W 93 12.523
MORE N 45 07.148 W 93 12.513
EFFICIENTLY N 45 07.140 W 93 12.511
SAFELY N 45 07.138 W 93 12.501
ECONOMICALLY N 45 07.164 W 93 12.519
AND N 45 07.161 W 93 12.509
ACCURATELY N 45 07.153 W 93 12.507
USING N 45 07.150 W 93 12.497
THE N 45 07.142 W 93 12.495
FREE N 45 07.140 W 93 12.485
AND N 45 07.166 W 93 12.503
OPEN N 45 07.163 W 93 12.493
GPS N 45 07.155 W 93 12.491
SIGNALS N 45 07.152 W 93 12.481