Google Maps (or Google Earth) are now part of our daily lives. We use it to move around, study the distances between two points, or just to find our house because it’s great fun hihihihi. Beyond that, this service has also made it possible to reveal certain secrets, things that we might never have known without the satellite images.
1. A skeleton at the bottom of a lake (creepy)
William Moldt, an American forties, mysteriously disappeared on November 7, 1997 in Florida. For 22 years, he remained missing. In the summer of 2019, a resident of Wellington (not in NZ, huh) noticed a strange stain of color in a pond, not far from his home. Amazement when we realize that it is in fact Moldt’s vehicle… Inside: his skeleton. Creepy.
2. Doctor Who’s ship in London
There’s the real Dr Who TARDIS in a London phone booth! I swear ! Look for yourself, since you don’t believe me (and it pains me a lot)… To access it, just double-click on the arrow, just below this blue cabin. YES I KNOW, it’s an animation, but it’s still way too stylish.
3. The (creepy) photographed crime (but actually, it’s not a crime hehe)
On April 13, 2017, a resident of Almere, the Netherlands, posted a seriously disgusting photo on Reddit. The mention the reference ? “A murder that took place near my home”. Looking at the photo, we believe it. And it’s really trashy. HAPPILY, that’s a mistake! Several elements are pointed to counter this story. First, it’s in broad daylight (not ideal for throwing a discrete body.) Second, zooming out a little, we see cyclists very close (in general, we avoid throwing corpses into the water in public.) Finally , by zooming in, we can actually see two men and a dog. The trace on the ground would therefore not be blood, but the water of the lake projected on the wood by the animal, after a short swim. Phew.
4. Body images, quickly deleted (fortunately)
The day after the launch of its “Google Street View” service in South America, the computer giant made a huge mistake… Among the satellite images available all over the world: images of corpses, in particular in several streets of Rio de Janeiro. Quickly, complaints from Internet users flowed in, which allowed Google to remove all these images immediately.
5. Not very talented architects
No one would have noticed without Google Maps. Unfortunately for these architects, Maps exists, and with it, satellite vision… It all started in 1967, when the US Navy decided to build a base on Coronado Island. It is only once the four buildings have been erected that the architects realize that they are in fact… swastikas. Bad type. It sucks, guys. The Navy nevertheless apologized, stating that it was indeed a serious error. Really serious, guys.
6. The Christian Science Church, not very very Catholic
Still archis who shit in the glue. Another blunder that would have remained secret without Maps. OUPSY. Built in 2013 by the “Christians & Society” community in Dixon State, it simply looks like… a giant penis. Here, here. Jesus Christ in PLS.
7. The Fairy Bridge
This incredible natural arch would never have been discovered without Google Maps and the determination of Jay Wilbur. This American climber spotted the arch crossing the Buliu River (China) in 2010, while wandering on Google Earth. So he decided to go there, to verify its existence and share it with the rest of the world. We thank him, it’s wonderful.
8. Mount Mabu Forest
Still on the topic of secrets long kept by Mother Nature, this incredible tropical expanse of 43 km2 at 1700m altitude, in Mozambique. A discovery by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as they sought to get a better view of high sections of the African continent. Discovered in 2005, it is none other than the largest high altitude rainforest in Africa. The craziest: it is home to many animals hitherto unknown to science, such as new species of chameleons, snakes or butterflies. THANK YOU GOOGLE MAPS!
9. The remains of a 2000 year old Roman villa
In September 2005, Luca Mori, a 47-year-old computer programmer wanders on Google Earth. He notices, near his house in Sorbolo, a strange stain. Curious, he contacts local archaeologists. A rich idea, since he has just discovered the location of a Roman villa, dating back to ancient times! If the service allows many archaeological discoveries, the professionals remain divided on the question. Despite the benefits, they fear it will encourage illegal excavations.