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25 Funny Things on Google Maps

Updated on December 21, 2014

Land Art and Map Accidents

It's fun to explore the world through the eyes of Google maps. It's amazing what weird and crazy things people have mowed into fields, painted on roofs, or added to roundabouts.

These glimpses from above are often temporary. Some of my favorite Google Maps landmarks have been demolished over the years. There was a huge question mark on a construction site in Bretagne, France, but buildings have now covered it over. There was a Batman signal on a swimming pool in Illinois that was painted over by homeowners with more taste (boo!), although there's another bat signal in Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan to make up for it (see picture above). Others sights change from year to year, like the creepy decaying rabbit in the hills of Italy, or a whimsical field maze by a working farm in Newton, Connecticut.

I'll take you a tour of some of these strange sights and dig up some information on famous Google Maps landmarks. Having updated this page several times over the years, I think I'm actually up to thirty oddities at this point.

Happy Valentine's Day from Croatia

Galešnjak, aka Lover's Island

This tiny island lies in the Adriatic Sea between Italy and Croatia. Despite the fact that the island is an inhospitable barren blob, its owners, the Juresko family, have been trying to capitalize on their property's internet fame for years.

The island is about 32 square acres, and the last I checked it had no fresh water or structures, apart from the pier. Nevertheless, the Jureskos have been marketing it as "Lover's Island" since it was first featured by Google Earth in 2009.

Those two bulldozed scars you see are an attempt to replant the island with olive groves. I'm not sure how that figures into the owners' hopes to turn it into a dream wedding location, but good luck to them.

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Shamrock Maze in Dublin

Here's a fun hedge maze south of the Dublin airport on the side of the freeway, er...what do they call major roads in Ireland? Oh, right. Motorway. I think.

I can't find any information about it, but exploring the area in Google Street View shows the road leading to it is barred by a big metal gate. The sign warns that it's private property guarded by attack dogs.

Maybe the leprechauns finally figured out that a rainbow isn't a very good security device. Bummer.

Luecke Farm, Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas

...is a farmer who's very proud of his last name.

Luecke Farm is a ranch about an hour southeast of Austin. The farmer cleared away most of the trees for grazing his cattle, but left some woodland standing as a habitat for wildlife.

Not only is this an environmentally responsible thing to do, but also, NASA uses this three-mile-long landmark to calibrate satellite and aerial photography instruments!

It's interesting enough to have attracted YouTube video flyovers. Yes, there are all kinds of Internet fame.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Welcome to Cleveland"

Thanks to the quirky humor of one Mark Gubin, this rooftop has been visible on the final approach to the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (off the map to the south) since 1978.

That's right: as your plane approaches Milwaukee, you can look out and see this sign.

I have to admit, this is one of my very favorites, although I imagine it's caused a few panic attacks among passengers.

Pac-Man Game on Breckenridge Road, Tewksbury, MA


RIP Giant Pac-Man Game

I'd love to have my neighborhood turned into a giant Pac-Man game, but the crunching sound would probably keep me up at night.

Alas, Tewksbury finally got around to repaving this development, so the Pac-Man and ghosts are gone. I took a screenshot of it in Google Maps years ago when I noticed the paint was starting to fade (in the photo, you can still see the fading ghost and Pac-Men munching down the street), so here it is for posterity.

The Dying Giant Rabbit

Giant Pink Plush Rabbit in Italy

Google Maps doesn't really give you an indication of just how terrifying this giant pink bunny rabbit really is. It's 55 feet long and it is a monster. It was knitted—yes, knitted—by a group of artists from Vienna who call themselves Gelitin. They plan to leave the rabbit up until 2025, but I think it will have rotted away before then.

Note: Check the link to see what it looked like when it was new. The article says that the rabbit is visible from space, but this is a common misconception. In fact, at this resolution Google maps are tiled aerial photos taken by low-flying aircraft. If you zoom out in Google Maps, at a certain point, the colors suddenly become more saturated. That's when you've switched to satellite photos.

Walking Man, Munich

Attack of the 50-Foot White Guy

Munich sets the record for world's largest jaywalker? Seventeen meters tall, he's been poised to cross Leopoldstraße since 1995.

Here are photos by the artist, Jonathan Borofsky, showing the construction of "Walking Man." To my surprise, he built it in California, then had it shipped in pieces.

"Walking Man" was commissioned by Munich Re, a reinsurance company. Their building is equally artsy, but more neoclassical than modern. You'll have to take my word for it, since Google dropped Street View from Germany after one too many privacy lawsuits.

Stealth Bomber Swimming Pool

Whiteman AFB, MO

Google maps kept this swimming pool blurred for a while, but the secret is out: stealth bombers are amphibious! See that link for what this pool looked like in 2007, before it turned icky.

Sadly, this swimming pool and the grounds around it have seen better days. Sports fields and facilities appear to be falling into disrepair. They're located on the outskirts of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber. My guess is that the swimming pool is part of a school that is now closed.

Cruise Ship Mall, Hong Kong

#Hashtag #Cruiseship

For many years, there was a strange sign near the harbor in San Diego that read, "Cruise ships use airport exit." Apparently this ship followed the sign, made a wrong turn, and got trapped in a forest of giant Twitter hashtags.

Actually, this is a ship-shaped shopping center in the middle of Whampoa Gardens, a colossal apartment complex in Hong Kong built on the site of former dockyards.

The Whampoa, 110 meters long and several stories high, includes shops, cinemas, restaurants, and a mini indoor theme park.

Parque Gulliver

Playground in Valencia, Spain

In Valencia, Spain, poor Gulliver of Gulliver's travels is still being tormented by the Lilleputians. In fact, you can join them.

There's all sorts of interesting things around Gulliver, so I've left this map zoomed out a bit. He's at upper left, the Gardens of Turia at lower right.

Here's more close-up photos of Parque Gulliver's awesomeness. He's been delighting children since he opened to the public (literally!) in 1990.

Here's another clever use of land: the Turia river used to flood the city of Valencia, sometimes fatally, so they diverted the river away from the city and turned its bed into green spaces and parks!

Henge and Crop Circle

Avebury, Wiltshire, UK

One of my favorite places in the world is Avebury, a village inside a Neolithic stone circle. It's less well-known than Stonehenge, but to my mind it's a lot more fun walking around inside a henge than looking at it from outside, even if some of the stones here have been lost.

The slightly wobbly earthen circle is the henge surrounding the village. As of August 2011, there's a crop circle just NE of the village; circles like this appear frequently near Avebury and around Stonehenge thanks to an especially active group of crop circle artists in Wiltshire.

(Update: Looks like Google maps is preserving the 2011 crop circle for posterity. I'll grab a screenshot, just in case it goes away.)

Atacama Giant

The Atacama Giant, Chile

This giant is about 1000 years old and 280 feet long.

There are a ton of huge glyphs in the deserts of Chile and Peru created by the Inca and Tiwanaku civilizations from about 800 AD up until the Conquistadors stamped out the old civilizations in the region.

Here's a little more information about the Atacama Giant on a fascinating page about the "Top Ten Geoglyphs in the World" and here's a more scholarly paper (although it's a student paper, so take it with a grain of salt) that digs into the cultural history of the giant and the whole region.

UFO Landing Pad

Aliens Welcome Mat in Holland

The Dutch town of Houten has created an official landing pad for UFOs, complete with traffic advisory lights to help guide aliens down. (We'll just have to hope they can figure out the signals.) This art piece by Martin and Inge Riebeek is quite beautiful at night.

To my surprise, while researching it, I discovered that there is also a UFO landing pad in St. Paul, Canada and another in Ares, France which has actually been visited by aliens. And don't forget the countless air travelers through LAX who have dined at the '60s kitsch "Encounter" UFO-shaped restaurant overlooking the runway.

Parking Lot Burial Plot in Louisville, KY

Cemeteries in Odd Places

Unfortunately, the human race keeps on being fruitful and multiplying, which leads to a certain amount of urban sprawl around formerly rural cemeteries.

Here's the family plot of the 1800s Burks family farm (dark green square), now enclosed in a mall parking lot right next to a McDonald's and Home Depot. Ouch.

While this may look odd in America, in many parts of the world where available land is at a premium, the tug-of-war between old burials and modern buildings stretches back for centuries. In fact, the Paris catacombs were a drastic solution to the problem, where bodies exhumed from cemeteries within the city limits were moved to old limestone mining tunnels.

"Fingermaze" in Brighton, UK

Fingerprint on Lens

Who knew that you could get a fingerprint on the lens of a satellite camera?

Chris Drury's "Fingermaze," commissioned by the city of Brighton, is a modern land-art piece like the more famous "Spiral Jetty" by Robert Smithson.

Here's a webpage on the "Fingermaze" with a teacher's information packet talking about other such mazes.

But really, I just like mazes. They're fun to walk around in, fun to look at from above. Here's another personal favorite, Longleat, which has sprouted sprouted two more mazes since my last visit.

Katavi Park, Tanzania

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Finding wild animal herds is one of the more challenging Google Maps hunts, since there's usually no landmarks or addresses anywhere near them. Finding herds of animals is like finding Easter eggs, but Google Maps enthusiasts have located a number of these eggs. In this image, the two greenish patches contain herds of hippos. To zoom in and see them, click the “+” on the Google window above.

Other African critters on Google Maps include:

  • Camels: 15°17'40.32" N 20°28'47.42" E
  • Buffaloes: 4°17'21.49" S 31°23'46.46" E
  • Elephants: 10°54'13.66" N 19°56'06.15" E
  • Flamingos: 21°50'36.15" S 35°27'00.60" E
  • Oryx: 24°57'18.60" S 15°51'30.61" E
  • Seals: 18°26'45.45" S 12°00'44.20" E

Just plug those coordinates into Google Maps and zoom in. A lot.

Farm Maze, Connecticut

Alien Messages in Newtown

Castle Hill Farm's maze varies from year to year. In 2011, it was a big spiderweb; in 2012, it was a couple of cow heads sending a cryptic greeting to "Mom," and for 2013, they did something that looked like a cross between daisies and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Notice they've incorporated "2013" as part of the design. Get with the program, Google: what did they do for 2014?

Three cheers for aerial photography champions who keep updating their desktops for passing planes. It's a lot harder to do with a tractor.

Secret Military Squiggles

Weird Lines in China

There's a bunch of these in the remote parts of China, and they're enormous.

My theory is that they're some inane government or penal make-work project designed to keep people busy. "Let's make bizarre maze-grids in the desert and puzzle those Americans!" But no. As expected, they're military in purpose. Some are weapons-testing areas, while others are calibration targets for spy satellites.

I suppose they're more classy-looking than some dude's farm in Texas that says "Luecke."

Australia's Floating Man Dock

G'day, Nessie Mate!

Australian Park Sculptures

Washington Waters Park in Southport, Queensland appears to have a floating dock that flew in from Minecraft, which is impressive, given the dock is older than the video game.

Meanwhile—Oh, is that where Nessie went? She sure gets around. Apparently Nessie has moved Down Under to a children's playground in Bondi, New South Wales, next to a pleasant park for sunbathing and a public beach.

Pleasant, that is, if you're not worried about the giant crocodile to the southeast of Nessie.

The Bulford Kiwi

New Zealanders in the UK

It's a bit stretched and skinny in the Google Maps version, and it's also rather more serious than most of the items on this page. The Bulford Kiwi was created by WWI New Zealand soldiers camped in Wiltshire, England, stuck waiting for a ship home. Nowadays it's also considered a memorial to the Anzacs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) killed in the infamous battle of Gallipoli.

Here's a tourist's photo gallery showing close-up images of the Kiwi and its commemorative plaque.

The tradition of carving figures into the chalks of Wiltshire goes back to Neolithic times. See the Uffington White Horse for a famous example.

Fighter Jet In an Odd Spot

Misplaced Aircraft in France

France joins the creative parking brigade with a fighter plane in the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense parking lot.

I can't find any information about it, apart from an unconfirmed comment that the university used to be connected to the aviation industry (which does at least make sense).

Alas, a lot of the weirdly-parked vehicles of Google Maps have wandered off. The giant VW Spider-Bug on the roof of a Reno, NV building has been removed, and the car on the side of a building is nearly impossible to see now.

Russian Space Shuttle

The Buran Space Shuttle: This Makes Me Sad

Sadly, the Buran Space Shuttle never really got going: it had one unmanned test flight and that was all. Here's the old propaganda-laced website for it, and a more coherent account on Wikipedia.

Then again, since I first wrote this article, I watched our space shuttle program end, and I can now go visit Endeavour, grounded and decommissioned, whenever I like.

As of 2014, the only manned spacecraft in operation are Russia's Soyuz rockets, updated versions of a 1960s design, and China's 10-year-old Shenzhou rockets.

Beitou Incinerator, Taiwan

Psychedelic...Trash Facility?

Oh, look, it's more art for aliens to admire.

Taiwan treats city waste disposal as a place for art. I like it!

This incinerator for Tapei generates electricity for the city, and its chimney sports a snazzy observation tower with an aerial restaurant. The official homepage includes a 360° pan from the top of the tower (scroll down to see).

If that weren't enough, the incinerator also boasts a swimming pool with free swimming lessons, since drowning is the leading cause of death for children in Taiwan.

Norfolk, Virginia

Friendly Oil Refinery

Someone had fun decorating these oil tanks in Norfolk, Virginia.

These are obviously old, but it turns out that some companies are just now beginning to optimize their rooftop painting as free advertisements which, they hope, will look good in Google Maps. Company logos and signs are boring, however. I much prefer silly signs, friendly signs, annoyed complaints, Waldo, teenagers painting inappropriate body parts on their parents' roofs, and the occasional rooftop marriage proposal.

(Most of the above are no longer on Google maps, but they were there once.)

World Map by Søren Poulsen

Denmark World Map

The artist of this amazing work, Søren Poulsen, created this map between 1944 and 1967 by hand, dragging stones out onto the edge of the lake using a sledge on ice during the winter (clever!) and levering them into position during the thaw.

At about 50 by 100 yards across, it includes miniature lakes, rivers, and other marked features, plus mini boats for kids to sail the "Pacific Ocean" in the summer, an 18-hole mini golf course, a petting zoo, playground, and a picnic area.

See the Verdenskortet website for a lovely flyover video of the map, plus visitors' information. (Thanks to commenter Mads Horn for the tip!)

Madurodam Park, The Hague

Miniature City in Holland

Madurodam: City within a city

The Madurodam is an entire miniaturized city, airport, canal, and railroad. All buildings are 1:25 scale, most are replicas of real places in the Netherlands, and they all help tell the history and legends of Holland.

On Google Maps, use the nearby parking lot and people-shadows to get a sense of scale.

Below is a great video showcasing most of the nooks and crannies of this fascinating landmark. Go to 3:30 for the world's largest ducks or the world's tiniest cows.

Which is your favorite funny thing on Google Maps? - Vote in the poll or leave a comment in the guestbook below!

Which is your favorite of the crazy things on Google?

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Earth From Above

Earth from Above Tenth Anniversary Edition
Earth from Above Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I've bought this for parents and grandparents as a Christmas present, and love browsing it when I visit. Some of the photos are truly astounding. The ones I love best take an everyday thing—like a bazaar or a plowed field—and zoom out to make a gorgeous abstract mosaic.


Although Google's Street View raises some privacy concerns, and some countries have banned or challenged its use, we can have some Big Brother fun while it's still available.

I hope you enjoyed your journey to some of Google Maps' more unusual landmarks. Don't forget to share "25 Funny Things on Google Maps" with your friends!

© 2011 Ellen Brundige

Guestbook—Seen anything odd on Google Maps? Mention it here!

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      NoobWriter LM 5 years ago

      Good lens...

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Too funny - hard to choose my favorite scene!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Those are some awesome Google maps shots!. Google maps is truly transformative. I wrote a lense about how to plot and link multiple locations on google maps - very useful - check it our.

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      addpeople 5 years ago

      Fantastic images! Great lense.

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      Jeri Baker 5 years ago

      This was great. Thanks.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Great stuff. Very funny

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      amberchina 5 years ago

      Haha, every click I did was like a little surprise! Loved the adventure. Thanks!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      heheheeee ... how fun!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are some more funny images at FunnyGoogleMaps.com. I love this stuff!

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      this is great!

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Funny lens.

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      ustacatali 4 years ago

      Really great=)

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      georgeac lm 4 years ago

      Great entertainment before facing those Monday blues.

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      kburns421 lm 4 years ago

      Hahahaha I'm still laughing at "a forest of Twitter hashtags." I was so confused when I read it, and then I saw the picture. Love it. Good stuff.

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      LittleMy LM 4 years ago

      it's interesting how google maps can suddenly transform how we see the world

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      That was great! I had no idea...

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      OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

      Pretty interesting

      Kind of believe it or not

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      KaileySanders 4 years ago

      Hahah Google Maps is funny. My fave joke is typing âfrom: China to: Taiwan, travelling by car/walkâ on Google Maps haha it tells you to swim across the Pacific Ocean!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Great subject and very interesting pics although I could not get all of them. My favorite was the ship in the centre of the CBD, Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      Ann 4 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      who knew google maps could be funny

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      I voted for Gulliver but Welcome to Cleveland is pretty darned funny!

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      grahamcox lm 4 years ago

      Welcome to Cleveland is fantastic! Great lens!!

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      dc64 lm 4 years ago

      I really must remember to look these up when I am in town where I can link up to faster internet. One of the few disadvantages of rural living is nothing but data capped satellite internet. My son will love these since he is a Google maps fan.

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      cricketlady 4 years ago

      Very Cool!

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      mwilson223 4 years ago

      OMG that is so funny. Thanks!

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      What a nice collection! Thanks for sharing!

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      philipcott 4 years ago

      Great lense .your photos are nice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      TopShelly 4 years ago

      These are great, very nice lens.

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      Cool lens. Welcome to Cleveland is my favorite.

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      DustinK LM 4 years ago

      Good work, some of these were very funny. Thanks for the laugh

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      homesweethomebi1 4 years ago

      Fun stuff.

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      Rankography 4 years ago

      These are great. One of the best lenses on Squidoo and I am adding it to my lens about Best Lenses. Blessed

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      These are awesome. Who knows what else is out there waiting to be discovered.

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      AdityaAgarwal 4 years ago

      Amazing lens! God bless you!

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      topgameslist lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      TemporaryTattoo1 4 years ago

      Cool lens, loved it. Im from Ireland and want to tell you that the major roads are called motorways

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      ninjadude 4 years ago

      googs or google!

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      laptop89 4 years ago

      Great lens, good idea !

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      Very funny indeed! Those things were simply amazing! Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens!

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      CraftyandClever 4 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

      I need to spend more time on Google maps. It is cooler than I thought!

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      shelleymax 4 years ago

      Loved the animal (crop Circles) well done..

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Really funny lens =)

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      Michael Shepherd 4 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Yes, fun. In Ireland as in the U.K. limited access highways are called Motorways.


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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      Amazing what you can find on Google. :-)

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      Tom Fattes 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      For years, I've wanted to put a message on the roof of my house. Maybe something like, Starbucks with an arrow.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      I rarely go on Google maps, I'm amazed at the level of detail you can get on the land.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      cool lens...i likes it...

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      How funny. What a great idea for a lens. I really enjoyed looking through all of the Google maps images here.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think you can also add this one now! 42.365259, 10.921524

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      AdamzPg 4 years ago

      Google maps is the business. I would have been lost in so many cities without it!

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      niels010 4 years ago

      Squidlike your lens! The picture of the farmer in Texas is really funny .. strange that are some rare things on GoogleEarth love to see it

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      Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      Superb lens - I'd seen a few things on Google Maps but missed most of these. Fascinating.

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      mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      Haha, great idea for a lens, I Love it.

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      Amazing! You have put together so much interesting information. Thank you for sharing.

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      rdcbizz 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      entertainmentev 4 years ago

      This is so clever! I had no idea these things were on Google map.

      Great lens :)

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      Another classic example of why I love Squidoo. Surfed in for a 2 minute "eyeballing", surfed out 30 minutes later. Great lens...

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      happymonkeyz 4 years ago

      interesting and great findings.

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      Hahaha that was great. Didn't know that. When I'm bored I will search Google Maps to find something like that

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      CatJGB 4 years ago

      I saw one the other day that purportedly showed a ghost standing on the edge of house site. Hmmmmm....

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      pauly99 lm 4 years ago

      I thought about writing something not so kind on my roof after a large tree limb fell on the roof and the insurance company only paid about 20% of what it would cost to fix the roof.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      Fantastic idea! Never thought of using google in this way before, great fun!

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      These always make me laugh, I remember seeing one with a guy pointing a gun at another guy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very interesting... Thanks for sharing

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      internetsuc6 4 years ago

      this is really great

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      Ellen Brundige 4 years ago from California

      @CristianStan: O.o I wouldn't be laughing at that! Yikes!

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      Ryan81 4 years ago

      Where would we be without Google ha ha!! Great Lens, keep up the great work.:)

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      great lens

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      spencerharry80 lm 4 years ago

      Really nice lens... well prepared and informative... Thanks dear.

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      spencerharry80 lm 4 years ago

      The lens is really nice, attractive and informative... nice piece of work.

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      anonymous 4 years ago


      old fighter plane in the fields

      Netherlands, province of Zeeland

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      Ellen Brundige 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Ooh, good catch! Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wildlife area created by owner with name carved into the ground


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      chrispierce33 4 years ago

      HAHAHAHA I loved the heart shaped island and the stealth bomber XD

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      Obrien123 4 years ago

      Remarkable and fun lens! Thanks for putting it together and organizing it so well! I was unaware of most of these

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      Aquavel 4 years ago

      Fun lens! This provided just the diversion I needed this morning. Loved zooming in on those google maps! Too bad those polls aren't working today! My favorite: The ship caught in the hash tags!

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      Paladins 4 years ago

      Thanks for the entertaining lens and "agricola est in agro" which is about all I can remember from the two years of Latin my mother made me take in 5th and 6th grades (and I am thankful that she did).

      Latin helps with understanding a lot about the world in which we live and the languages that we encounter.

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      lady-in-red 4 years ago

      two thumbs up! i'm really having fun zooming the google maps! I have seen all of them from start to finish.. i wonder if there's like this in Philippines? ^_^

      @aquavel: yeah.. i do like that cruise ship in hash tags too!

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      rkhadija96 4 years ago

      Great lens! Thanx for sharing .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this is very nice one, did you have your own satellite when you created this lens ? very great collections ,congrats

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      criysto lm 4 years ago

      Entertaining lens! Thanks for the entertainment.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great collection. Lots of fun looking it over.

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      bannerbuzzuk 4 years ago

      OMG! how did you collect all these things?

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      FB-Explorer 4 years ago

      I love this lens! I'm going to have to spend some more time to really come up with a favorite. I WILL be back - many times, I'm sure. I bookmarked this one. Also, I had considered using a Google map view in the Air Force Museum virtual tour lens, but didn't know how to do it. Thanks for letting me know it can be done.

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      denetraharris 4 years ago

      Very interesting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Here are two other vehicles in odd places (Leipzig, Germany): 51.329184, 12.326607 and 51.309732, 12.392793.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      52.376552,5.198303 zoom in on the dock. it looks like someone dragged a bloody body all the way down the dock. they are still standing there. can't find a street view that faces their direction.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I enjoyed your google maps a very clever idea for a lens. I have always been intrigued with how these map look and the way they pinpoint a day in time.

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      PiccadillyPunkin 4 years ago

      This has to be one of my favorite lenses I've ever seen! AWESOME!

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      Underrated 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens

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      smbe2100 4 years ago

      Wow, I love the "Psychedelic" one. Been to Miniature City in The Hague. It's amazing!

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      Elis173 4 years ago

      I like this lens,thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is a man dragging a dead body into a lake at: 52.376552, 5.198303

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      juanhuerta 4 years ago

      Love your love for maps! (I am kind of a map freak) :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      haha Very interesting lens, I really enjoy it while reading.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Very creative!

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      Ellen Brundige 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Eek! It does look like it, doesn't it?

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      Avery Miller 4 years ago from USA

      Great lens!

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I had no idea Google map could be so fun. I usually use it only for 2 things: check out where we are going to spend the next holiday or , more often, when i am homesick I use it to ''visit'' my favorite spots in Canada (I know it sounds stupid but it makes me feel better)

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I spotted a dog pooping on google street view!

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      jemacb 4 years ago

      This is really neat stuff. How did you find this? Haha. Very interesting.

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      tok2gman 4 years ago

      Very cool lens! Thank you.

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      Steve Dizmon 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      This was fun. Thanks for the time to put it together.

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      Ellen Brundige 4 years ago from California

      @kerbev: Er... yay? :)

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      TipsForMoms 4 years ago

      Very fun lens! I loved the miniature city. I use Google Maps all the time and have found my share of strange sights.

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      GupteComputer 3 years ago

      Interesting and great lens. It must have taken you a lot of time to find this! I use Google Earth a lot, and there is a lot more to see!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      34.435403,-84.449737 just south of Pickens Co Airport north of Atalnata Ga. A vicious crop cat.

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      k4shmir 3 years ago

      interesting. thanks for sharing

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      AntonioM23 3 years ago

      I use Google Earth almost every day,but I never saw something odd.

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      These are hysterical! My son and I had quite the laugh! We loved the giant bunny, Sponge Bob, and the huge jay walker! :-)

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      RomanceHoneymoonDestinations 3 years ago

      Funny, and amazing about Google maps.

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      Guy E Wood 3 years ago from USA

      Fun lens, but I was a little annoyed at the super-long URLs listed for most of the photos. Have you tried using a URL shortening service, such as bitly? That would make your fun lens even more fun!

      Thank you for sharing.


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      Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very entertaining visit to funny things on Google Maps!

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      joinyobsn 3 years ago

      LOL brilliant lens! love it and thank you for all your hard work in it.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      So much Fun! Thanks for putting this together.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Funny Bugs!

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      And a fascinating journey it was! I just wrote a lens called Wildwood Farm, where I purchased two gorgeous trees, a Japanese Maple called 'Fireglow' and a weeping blossoming cherry called 'Snow Fountain," to landscape a waterfall I'd recently constructed. I'd love to embed both the location of the Wildwood Farm, and my waterfall, where the new trees are planted. How did you do that!

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      Ellen Brundige 3 years ago from California

      @jmchaconne: There's an old Squidoo module called Google Maps or something like that. I've found it doesn't work very well any longer, so I just deleted all of them on this site and changed them to links.

      All they are is HTML links: I find the right location on Google Maps in a spare window, copy the URL, and then place them here in a text module. I just dinked around with CSS to add backgrounds, rounded corners, etc to create buttons.

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      Ellen Brundige 3 years ago from California

      @Guy E Wood: Sorry, I hadn't checked this page for a while and Squidoo decided to strip out all our code/HTML and turn it into raw text. You weren't supposed to see that! *wipes egg off face, repairs all the links*

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      Niktravelfit 2 years ago

      Amazing lens - thanks a lot for sharing!

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      Mads Horn 2 years ago

      In Denmark there has been a world map in a lake for more than 50 years. Try searching for "Søren Poulsens Vej Klejtrup" and zoom in on the the part of the lake nearest to the road Søren Poulsens Vej.

      Søren Poulsen hauled the stones used to build the map on a sledge in the vinter, sometimes over the frozen lake.

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      Ellen Brundige 2 years ago from California

      Oh, hey, thanks for the tip!

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      mySuccess8 2 years ago

      It’s amazing to know that Google Maps offer a lot of helpful features, other than double-checking directions, which we might not have realized. As an example, this is an interesting compilation of some funny and unusual landmarks and images as seen from Google Maps. I am particularly amazed by the amount of work required to produce the beautiful World Map in Denmark. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      SheilaMilne 2 years ago from Kent, UK

      I did enjoy this! It was especially interesting to see a few places I know such as Avebury, Bulford and Madurodam, but of course I saw these places at ground level. I didn't know about the Fingermaze in Brighton even though I live not far away.

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      luisj305 2 years ago from Florida

      This is awesome! Really enjoyed the article, my favorite had to be the coordinates for the various animals.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love to search the Google maps and see the odd, the weird, and the beautiful. These pix are great - what an interesting world we live in!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is fun information! I am in Austin, and I've heard of the farm you mentioned near here, but I hadn't heard it was used as a landmark for mapping! Congrats on the HOTD!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was really quite entertaining. Loved the Pac Man scene and the Batman pool. You must spend quite a bit of time on Google maps. The only funny thing I saw out there was that they still had a photo of our old truck in our yard after we had long since sold it.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      This is wild! Congratulations on HOTD for this Hub. It seems that we've been making images on the ground large enough and odd enough for someone "out there" in the universe to see for thousands of years. Well done!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD! Very funny and fun, indeed!

      Love the practical jokers with the 'Welcome to Cleveland" sign. LOL The jaywalker and the bomber in the pool are also pretty funny.

      And a cruise-ship-shaped mall?? Hilarious!

      Voted up, interesting and funny.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      LOVED this! Great article, so funny!

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      Ellen Brundige 2 years ago from California

      I'm jealous that you've been able to visit some of these, Sheila! Avebury is the only one I've gotten to explore in person, and it was magical.

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