18 bizarre things found on Google Earth
When you're the all seeing eye of the earth you see some pretty weird things.
Google is everywhere. It's on our computer screens, it's driving down our streets (with cameras), it's flying through the air (with cameras), it's orbiting the earth (with cameras). Some people say there's nothing Google doesn't know. Well, I wouldn't go that far, but Google does know a hell of a lot.
It apparently knows when you're sunbathing topless, where China's military operates and most interestingly where Santa's been hiding all these years. Want proof? Then look no further...
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1.It may initially look like someone has gone to great effort to carve a Native American man listening to an iPod into the landscape but the "Badlands Guardian" in Alberta, Canada, is actually a naturally occurring rock formation.
2.Google Earth is a bit of a pain if you're in the intelligence business. That military training ground you built in the middle of a remote desert is really quite hard to hide when Google planes and satellites are flying over. This image is believed to be of a 1.8-square-mile scale model of a disputed region on the border of China and India. It is speculated that it is used to train tank drivers in case China and India do go to war over the region
3.This piece of gravity defying parking in Westenbergstraat in the Netherlands is of course an art installation.
4.A farmer in rural England vents his political frustrations via the medium of crop writing.
5.Here Google Earth's cameras catch what seems to be a simulated aeroplane crash at Alameda Naval Base.
6.Located in Baura in Brazil this man-shaped lake is of course man made.
7.It's a fighter jet in a car park just outside Paris. Casual.
8.His name is 'Hare' and he's a 200-foot-long giant pink fluffy bunny rabbit. He was built by a group of artists from Vienna and he's just lovely.
9.This cruise liner shaped hotel was docked in the South Korean port of Busan when it was knocked overby the 135mph winds of Typhoon Maemi in 2003.
10.It's not everyday you stumble across Santa when looking at an aerial photograph (with a transparent white Google road maps overlay of course).
11.This huge KFC logo out in the Mojave Desert was formed from 65,000 1-foot-square tiles laid out over the course of 6 days. Ford also got in on product placement with a huge logo on top of their headquarters as did Coca-Cola:
12.This Coca-Cola advert on a hillside in Chile is made from 70,000 empty coke bottles.
13.Google Earth turned around the fortunes of this apparently insignificant island in the Adriatic Sea virtually overnight. Once the aerial photography showed that it was shaped like a heart forum activity related to the island grew and grew until come Valentine's Day the 130,000 square yard uninhabited island called Galesnjak was swamped by pairs of visitors.
14.It's Oprah Winfrey's face. In crops.
15.A lot of Swastika shaped buildings have been discovered by Google Earth. This one happens to be the US Navy Building in Coronado, California. They are apparently planning on spending $600,000 on changing the shape of it.
16.This topless sunbather got caught short.
17.It may look like a traffic jam for planes but that's exactly what it is. It's three planes circling Frankfurt Airport waiting to land.
18.The Google Earth alphabet!
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