10 - You’re not safe anywhere! So besides the vehicles that capture the images for Google Maps, there are also trikes, trolleys, snowmobiles, SUV’s and satellites that capture the images throughout the year. So you are really not safe anywhere! So when this poor woman needed to go – she really needed to go. What she didn’t need, was Google taking a picture of her doing her business. Granted she did have a whiz on the side of the road in broad daylight – but I doubt she ever imagined that she would be seeing this image online!
9 - How’s this for a “space” ship… This is the SS Jassim, and it’s one of the largest ship wrecks visible from Google Earth. It’s no surprise really, as the ferry is 80.54 metres long and 13 metres wide. Just a little bit of FYI, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration, there are roughly 1 million shipwrecks at this exact point in time. It was in 2003 that the SS Jassim sank just off the coast of Sudan.
8 - What do they teach our kids? Imagine asking someone what school they go to, and they reply – Oh, the school with the giant penis. I’m sure you will be a bit surprised, but it’s the truth. The Clancy Catholic School has been vandalized with the etchings of 3 giant penises. The school has been struggling to get the image removed from Google Maps, and have had no luck so far.
7 - No joke… Google Maps has really uncovered many things that some people would rather forget. This image has brought out buried memories for Jose Barrera, who believes that the image he is seeing, is the body of his deceased 14-year-old son, who was killed in 2009.
6 - Speculate away… because there are loads of “unexplained” images just like this doing the rounds on Google Maps. Sad to say though, there is no alien involvement and all of them have a pretty logical explanation. Desert Breath began in 1995, and is still visible after all this time. It’s over a million square feet, and found in the eastern Sahara Desert, bordering the Red Sea. The team displaced 8000 cubic metres of sand to create these incredible shapes.
5 - We found him… That’s Wally of course, and this was a project by Melanie Coles. For her final year art project, she created a massive Where’s Wally and popped it on the roof of a building in Vancouver. She challenged people to play using Google Earth, and offered a real life version of the very popular game. She did of course get an A for her efforts.
4 - Sheer beauty This is the Grand Prismatic Spring,in the Yellowstone National Park, and Google Maps has captured its beauty brilliantly.
3 - Say cheese There are many Google Map images of faces. There’s an Oprah Winfrey Maze, Pumkins sketched into fields, Suns appearing in crops, the smiling face of the Versailles Gardens, we’ve seen “lips” and bare bottoms appearing out of hay bales and trees… but this image is just so unique. It’s of a native American Indian peering out from the hills of Alberta, in Canada. A mix between old and new, as it appears like she is wearing headphones.
2 - Hop to it… If you were to go for a hike in Northern Italy’s mountainside sometime between now and 2025, don’t be surprised when you come across this gigantic bunny. It’s 55 meters long, and was meant to make its audience feel tiny, like I Gulliver’s travels. It’s made from straw and fabric, and will decompose naturally. The say by 2025 it will be gone.
1 - Just for the love of it… And our last image – just because we love what we do… here is a heart shaped island, just for you. Made famous by Google Maps, this 130 000-foot islet is now a lover’s hot spot. Apparently no one lives on the island, so the owner said it would be the perfect place for a romantic getaway. So book your next romantic getaway now… just be careful that Google Maps doesn’t snap you in the act!