15. The Steppe Geoglyphs Something a little older than 20 years has
been discovered in Kazakhstan via Google Maps.
This hidden treasure, in particular, involves geoglyphs – a large design or motif created
on the ground and often made of stone.
The crosses, rings, squares, and other shapes stretch from 90 to 400 meters (or 295 to 1637
feet) across and are better viewed from the sky. If you came across them on the ground,
you’d likely not even realize you were face to face with history.
Two archeologists on the Kostanay University expedition, said, “As of today, we can say
only one thing — the geoglyphs were built by ancient people. By whom and for what purpose,
remains a mystery.”
14. Man in Trunk A Google Street View photo captured something
unexpected on a street in Mannheim, Germany: a man popping out of – or into – the trunk
of a car. The Internet went crazy trying to guess what
in the world this man was up to. The Mercedes in question was parked in the
driveway of the man’s house. Beside it, a dog is sleeping on the ground and some bags
and the contents of the trunk lie nearby. Some thought the man may be wearing skin-tone
shorts and was working on his brake light. Others thought he was preparing for some nefarious
operation and ensuring that his victim would not escape the trunk. Or maybe he’s been
taken, himself, and Google Maps caught his moment of escape on camera.
Whatever the man’s story, this certainly made for a mysterious Google Maps image with
more questions than answers.
13. Found Plane This one, in 2009 in Alameda, California,
shows a downed commercial aircraft. The hull of the plane is cut in half, the plane’s
wings have been sliced off, and debris is everywhere.
Surely, the event made national headlines. As a matter of fact, everyone on board was
fine, as the plane was, staged. The mock Boeing airliner was used in filming a TV show called
Trauma…one that was apparently not a hit, as I’ve never heard of it.
Google’s aerial cameras caught some fantastic shots of the airliner on the Alameda Point
navy base. And many Google mappers believed they’d uncovered one of the biggest mysteries
and conspiracies of our time.
12. Man with Arms A toddler that was 17 months old passed under
mysterious circumstances in June of 2009. The baby girl was found in the closet under
a pile of clothes. Three years prior to this event, a Google
street view image was taken, showing a group of men on a porch, one without his shirt on,
holding something directed at the Google street view vehicle.
Mysteriously, it was the same house in Detroit, Michigan in which the young baby would later
breathe her last breath.
But what about this mysterious Google Maps image? Is there any connection?
11. Creature on Balcony Want to see something that will give you goosebumps?
Plug in the Google Maps coordinates, posted by an anonymous 4chan user on December 10,
2011. On the date in question, the coordinates took users to a Google Maps location in Nancy
Lorraine, France. The place was residential. Seemingly nothing
abnormal going on…that is, until you zoom into the residence, where Google Maps had
captured a demon standing on a balcony, between a bicycle and a door.
While most viewers did not actually believe the creature was a demon, something crazy
happened that made many question Google’s intent: the creature suddenly became blurred.
What? Why did Google censor the image? What are
they trying to hide?
10. Inverted Pentagram For those of us who like their mysterious
things a little Satanic, head over once again to Kazakhstan, where an enormous pentagram
has been unearthed in a secluded corner of the central Asian steppes.
It lies on the Upper Tobol Reservoir’s southern shore and can be spotted starkly on the map.
Humans do not live anywhere near the pentagram, with the nearest population at around 12 miles
away. But that doesn’t mean humans have never
lived there. As a matter of fact, the surrounding area is chock full of ancient ruins, many
of which date back to the Bronze Age. Zoom in your focus in Google Maps, and you’ll
see that previous visitors to the area have noted one spot named Lucifer and another,
Adam. The pentagram, itself, reaches 1200 feet across.
9. Bird People This surrealist project came together specifically
for Google Street View’s benefit. As most people know, Google blurs out the faces of
those it captures on video. This group from a town not far from Tokyo – decided to give
the Internet something to talk about. They’d heard that the Google team was in
the area with their cameras. And so, as any normal human would, they donned their pigeon
heads and stalked the streets to win their fifteen minutes of fame.
Lo and behold, Google Street View captured their surrealist presentation on camera, leaving
many questioning their own existence. Although the flash mob of pigeons got what
they wanted, they sure set a questionable precedent for the rest of the planet.
What other crazy masks will we be confronted with the next time we do a Google Maps search?
No clowns, please!
8. Pink Bunny The Velveteen Rabbit’s got nothing on the
giant pink bunny of Italy. This enormous knitted bunny can be seen from space and of course
viewed by those of us who aren’t astronauts on Google Maps.
Just track across the northern region of Italy to the 5,000 foot tall Colletto Fava Mountain,
and you’ll find the toy rabbit flopped on the side. It stretches 200 feet long, so you
really can’t miss it. The Viennese art collective, known as Gelitin,
knitted the giant pink bunny as a sort of sculpture/jungle gym. They state that it was
“knitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool.” The collective expects people to
sleep, climb, play on it, and even hike up its 20 foot sides to cuddle up on the stuffed
animal belly. The best kind of art: something you can explore.
With hundreds of visitors annually, you’d better get to Colletto Fava Mountain soon,
because the pink bunny is only expected to remain there until 2025.
7. Desert Signs Google these coordinates (27°22'54.59"N,
33°37'48.46"E), and you’ll find yourself staring into the abyss of a desert mirage.
The mesmerizing spiral appears to be some sort of desert crop circle or ancient symbol
carved into the Earth’s surface, but in all actuality, it’s an art installation
project produced by the D.A.ST. Arteam. Stretching across 100,000 m2 of the Sahara,
Desert Breath borders the Red Sea in Egypt and was built using positive and negative
displacement of sand to create the conical forms. In the center of the spiraling forms,
is a vessel filled with water that’s 30 meters in diameter.
Completed in 1997, Desert Breath keeps on breathing today, twenty years on.
6. Remove This Image The father of the boy who appeared in this
Google Maps image wants the photo removed. The California man, Jose Barrera, discovered
that his 14-year-old son could be viewed via Google Maps four years after he’d passed.
In the 2009 satellite image, cops appear to be standing around the scene near the train
tracks where his son, Kevin, had been found passed on August 15th of that year.
Barrera told KTVU-TV, “When I see this image, it’s still like that happened yesterday.
And that brings me back to a lot of memories.” In the Google Maps photo, a body is splayed
near the train tracks with a cop car nearby. Google sought “technical solutions” to
remove the image, according to Google Earth Vice President Brian McClendon.
5. Wheel Shapes Flying over Jordan in the Middle East anytime
soon? If you are, check out these thousands of geometric stone structures that date back
somewhere around 8,500 years. To date the structures, archeologists used
a technique known as OSL (optically stimulated luminescence). Two of the wheels found in
Jordan’s Black Desert dated back 8,500 years, with one being reconstructed or repaired at
5,500 years. But why were they built?
The mysterious designs of at least some of the spokes appear to have been created to
line up with the winter solstice sunrise, suggesting they have some astronomical purpose.
According to the archeological team who uncovered the structures, they’re known to “occur
throughout the entire Arabia region, from Syria across Jordan and Saudi Arabia to Yemen.
The most startling thing about the 'Works' is that they are difficult to identify from
the ground. This stands in contrast to their apparent visibility from the air.”
This is where Google Maps comes in handy.
4. Guitar-shaped Forest If you visit Google Maps over the Pampas agricultural
area of Argentina, you’ll discover a mysterious grouping of more than 7,000 eucalyptus and
cypress trees. Why are they so mysterious? Because they’re
shaped like a guitar. The forest is a kilometer long and can be
seen from satellites and planes that pass above. Oh, and Google Maps, of course.
As you might have guessed, the forest didn’t grow into the shape of a guitar organically.
The aerial view of the memorial, serving to honor the farmer's wife, has never been seen
by the farmer, himself. He has a fear of flying. But the eucalyptus-stringed trees and cypress-treed
sound hole in the shape of a star can be seen and admired on Google Maps. And Graciela’s
memory will live on as long as the forest does.
3. Giant A-Hole Ever had a beef with your neighbor that went
a little too far? This pair in Washington have. The town lies
about 65 miles from Seattle, and there looks to be plenty of farmland there…enough to
mow a giant F U to your neighbor into the grass for everyone on Google Maps to see.
The image was captured by Google Maps, where it was found by a Redditor, who was searching
the interactive map for a home in the area. The Redditor posted the image to Reddit, where
it quickly went viral. “Found this while looking up my house on
Google maps,” the Redditor wrote. “Turns out my neighbors might not get along.”
The beef probably went back to a complaint dating from the time Blaine and Cindy Zechenelly,
the “a-holes” in question, built a big garage on their property, which they proceeded
to paint a grape-colored hue. The neighbors didn’t appreciate it, according to the Peninsula
Daily News. One neighbor even said that the interior of her house glowed purple every
morning as the sun reflected in. This may have incited one to tell the world
what he really thought of that purple garage and the people who built it.
2. Desert Patterns We’ll again travel to the desert, where
most of Google Maps’s mysterious things seem to lie. This one was found in the western
desert of China, where enormous patterns have been traced into the desert.
The shapes involve reflective strips that are kilometers long, circles, and squares,
and a grid of white lines. What could this be? Are they not man made?
Are these symbols messages of some kind? The giant patterns are difficult to explain,
however. But Google Maps has previously shown that China builds training zones in the desert.
This may be exactly what the grid-like pattern is.
Or maybe it has something to do with renewable technology. China has been investing in windfarms,
lining the old Silk Road in the desert with massive wind turbines.
Whatever the case, these Google Maps images demonstrate that there is still plenty of
mystery in China.
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1. The Body A meme went viral in April 2013, suggesting
that if you entered the coordinates 52.376552,5.198303 into Google Maps, your sights would be set
on a person appearing to get rid of someone in a lake.
Google Maps shows that this precise location is a park called Beatrixpark in the Netherlands.
The satellite shot of these coordinates results in a picture that does look suspiciously like
someone being dragged, complete with a red trail behind it.
But think about it: what person would do that at what looks to be midday in a public park?
Not only that, but there appears to be a railing around the dock, meaning the culprit would
have to lift the person and heave it overboard. Midday. In a public park.
The culprit also appeared to leave the trail of red leading right to this place and, presumably,
someone would have heard the splash into the water – and would have seen it floating
there moments after its disposal. According to a 2013 article in The Sun, “local
police have been sent the pic, but the photo was taken by Google in 2009, so there’s
unlikely to be any evidence left to investigate.” Still…it looks a bit fishy at best, and
completely chilling at worst.
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