Truth is stranger than fiction, they say. Well, we’re about to find out without stepping foot outside our homes.

Today we set out on a mission not to just explore Earth, but to explore Google Earth, a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery. You can zoom in to your house or dive in for a 360° perspective of a random street in the world you may never visit in real life.

But Google Earth has gained people's attention and become a weird adventure of its own accord after users realized there are hundreds, if not thousands, of very weird places captured on there. It has become a destination for mystery and “what on Earth is happening over there?!” kind of reactions.

The “Weird Google Earth” project, which has both a Twitter account and a website, collects the funniest, weirdest, and most mysterious snaps that Google Earth’s and Google Maps’ cars and satellites have witnessed. Trust us, it feels like it doesn’t get weirder than this, until it does.

#1

"Goodbye Internet Explorer". Location: Gyeongju, South Korea

"Goodbye Internet Explorer". Location: Gyeongju, South Korea

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It's Izzy 🇺🇦 (They/Them)
Community Member
1 month ago

"He was a good tool to download other browsers."

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#2

"Bread Man". Location: Old City, Jerusalem

"Bread Man". Location: Old City, Jerusalem

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AsexualCat
Community Member
1 month ago

🎶do you know the bread man🎶

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#3

"Jet Fighter On A Parking Lot". Location: Hagen, Germany

"Jet Fighter On A Parking Lot". Location: Hagen, Germany

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Julia Mckinney
Community Member
1 month ago

"I just needed to hit the store for some snacks. What do you mean it's not allowed?"

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In order to find out more about how Google Earth works and what aspects of the program we need to be aware of when it comes to our privacy, Bored Panda reached out to Daniel Markuson, a cybersecurity expert at NordVPN.

Markuson explained that Google Earth creates a 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery. “The program maps the Earth by overlapping satellite images, Google Street View images, and GIS (geographic information system) data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles.”

#4

"Japanese Bird People". Location: Tokyo, Japan

"Japanese Bird People". Location: Tokyo, Japan

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't decide whether I hope the camera just happened upon a group of bird people going about their business, or that this is a group of people who bought their bird masks and laid in wait for the Google streetview car to hit their neighborhood, then they sprung into action.

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#5

"Church That Looks Like A Penis". Church That Looks Like A Penis

"Church That Looks Like A Penis". Church That Looks Like A Penis

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tragicaltales
Community Member
1 month ago

How… holy of them.

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#6

"Did You Slip A Little There?". Location: Margate, England

"Did You Slip A Little There?". Location: Margate, England

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martin734
Community Member
1 month ago

This is an art installation in Margate, England. It was created by Alex Chinneck on a derelict house set to be demolished.

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However, there are some pretty big privacy concerns when it comes to Google Street View. Markuson explained that “Google Street View cameras are able to capture images and moments that people would like to keep private (such as protesters at an abortion clinic, people in bikinis, or other activities that are wanted to be private, even though they are visible from the public property).”

#7

"The Black Ghost". Location: Klaipėda, Lithuania

"The Black Ghost". Location: Klaipėda, Lithuania

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Hey!
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow. Scary.

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#8

"So Many Things Going On". Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

"So Many Things Going On". Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Regal Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

I love how the police are just standing there watching this unfold

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#9

"Is That A Ghost?". Location: Nauru, Micronesia

"Is That A Ghost?". Location: Nauru, Micronesia

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JD Cass
Community Member
1 month ago

Aww, Casper only wants a friend...

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Also, Google Street cameras take pictures from an elevated position and are able to capture pictures over hedges that are designed to keep territories private.

Markuson said that “even though anyone can request to blur some parts of the picture, and usually the faces and car numbers are blurred automatically, there are still many images of potential break-ins, sunbathers, and individuals entering adult bookstores that could be found online as they were republished so many times.” He added that some examples are available even on reputable news websites like Business Insider or Cne

#10

"This Very Talented Truck". Location: Tonkawa, Oklahoma, USA

"This Very Talented Truck". Location: Tonkawa, Oklahoma, USA

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is a permanent advertisement, so a cool sight but not a unique moment caught on the camera. https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/33134

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#11

"A Literal Trainwreck". Location: Wells, Nevada, USA

"A Literal Trainwreck". Location: Wells, Nevada, USA

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Regal Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

Welp, that sums up the last couple of years pretty well

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#12

"Low Budget Spiderman". Location: Stockholm, Sweden

"Low Budget Spiderman". Location: Stockholm, Sweden

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Ronda News Channel
Community Member
1 month ago

And Superman

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Moreover, the cybersecurity expert noted that people photographed by Google Street cameras never give their consent for doing that. “And this is a big privacy issue as anybody who wants to remain completely private in the digital world should have the right to do that.”

#13

"Two Red Ladies". Location: Dublin, Ireland

"Two Red Ladies". Location: Dublin, Ireland

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Regal Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

i can practically see my face reflected in the fabric

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#14

"Creepy Headless And Hand-Less Dancing Man". Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA

"Creepy Headless And Hand-Less Dancing Man". Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
Community Member
1 month ago

Also a pod car/UFO parked on the street!

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#15

"Giant Pink Bunny, Prata Nevoso, Italy". Location: Prata Nevoso, Italy

"Giant Pink Bunny, Prata Nevoso, Italy". Location: Prata Nevoso, Italy

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Community Member
1 month ago

i recomend researching this one a bit! its super cool!

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Google Maps users also want to be aware of the fact that if you enable location tracking on your Google Maps, Google will collect data about your whereabouts under its Location History section. “It is being done across devices where you’re signed in with your Google account. If you’ve been keeping your location tracking on, you can see your own location history map here,” Markuson told us.

#16

"Aliens In Turkey". Location: Kusadasi, Turkey

"Aliens In Turkey". Location: Kusadasi, Turkey

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Julia Mckinney
Community Member
1 month ago

Where's Sigourney Weaver when you need her?

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#17

"Shoutout". Location: Kinmen, China

"Shoutout". Location: Kinmen, China

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AsexualCat
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

ah yes "google steet view" edit: someone said it was a chinese person who wrote it so entirely understandable

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#18

"Bear Sighting". Location: Arges County, Romania

"Bear Sighting". Location: Arges County, Romania

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Alexandru Bucur
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh wow, not only is it on the Transfagarasan, but it's 1km further up the road from Poenari Castle, which was the home of Vlad the Impaler. Now if the bear was grilling some "mici" on the side of the road or stole the Google guy's wallet, we could have all of the national stereotypes about my country in a single picture XD

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“Needless to say that by using Google Maps for planning routes and searching for places, you’re feeding Google with valuable information about your whereabouts which can later be used for targeting you with ads,” the cybersecurity expert added.

Meanwhile, Google Earth privacy issues are mostly connected to its Google Street View feature. “Many people don’t want their homes to be shown there as they see this as a breach of their privacy,” Markuson concluded.

#19

"Playing Dead". Location: East London, South Africa

"Playing Dead". Location: East London, South Africa

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
Community Member
1 month ago

Plot twist: Not playing!

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#20

"Run For Your Life When You See This". Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

"Run For Your Life When You See This". Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Shannon Jungerman
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope!

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#21

"Not Something You’d Wanna See On The Road". Location: Turicachi, Mexico

"Not Something You’d Wanna See On The Road". Location: Turicachi, Mexico

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Greymom
Community Member
1 month ago

I zoomed in. It doesn't get any better!😳

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#22

"A Cocktail Of Strange Things". Location: Winnsboro. South Carolina, USA

"A Cocktail Of Strange Things". Location: Winnsboro. South Carolina, USA

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Julia Mckinney
Community Member
1 month ago

Just, wowwww!!! Now I want the story behind this scene.

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#23

"Garden Of The Un-Living". Location: Sabile, Latvia

"Garden Of The Un-Living". Location: Sabile, Latvia

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Julia Mckinney
Community Member
1 month ago

Note to self- add Sabile, Latvia to places to stay away from.

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#24

"Catacombs Of Paris". Catacombs Of Paris

"Catacombs Of Paris". Catacombs Of Paris

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Hey!
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn't know Google Earth went underground.

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#25

"On The Sunken Ship". Location: Gulf Of Mexico

"On The Sunken Ship". Location: Gulf Of Mexico

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kermit
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m imagining a Google car just floating down into the ocean onto a shipwreck

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#26

"Is This Safe?". Location: Navotas, Philippines

"Is This Safe?". Location: Navotas, Philippines

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Lissah Mackenzie
Community Member
1 month ago

Personal air bag! A life hack brought to you by Troom Troom!

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#27

"Archery Practice". Location: Wallingford, Connecticut, USA

"Archery Practice". Location: Wallingford, Connecticut, USA

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kermit
Community Member
1 month ago

This is going to end well

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#28

"Perfect Skiing Shot". Location: Mont Blanc, Europe

"Perfect Skiing Shot". Location: Mont Blanc, Europe

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Bored Retsuko
Community Member
1 month ago

"Europe", hmm. The Alps (France/Italy border) to be more precise

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#29

"Gay Parking Only". Location: Redhill, England

"Gay Parking Only". Location: Redhill, England

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General Anaesthesia
Community Member
1 month ago

Photoshopped "Day parking only"

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#30

"Where Does It Lead?". Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

"Where Does It Lead?". Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
1 month ago

To the morgue.

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#31

"Black Hole In The Sky". Location: Stuart, Florida, USA

"Black Hole In The Sky". Location: Stuart, Florida, USA

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Julia Mckinney
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, probably the camera shutter but wow, that's surreal!

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#32

"Miyoshi Doll Village". Location: Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan

"Miyoshi Doll Village". Location: Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan

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Sara K
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep. Driving.

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#33

"Weird Diving Place". Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

"Weird Diving Place". Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Lissah Mackenzie
Community Member
1 month ago

Does this look fake to anyone else? The woman looks like a sim...

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#34

"What’s It Doing There?". Location: Kocani, North Macedonia

"What’s It Doing There?". Location: Kocani, North Macedonia

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Lizzie Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Doesn't everyone have a roof-chair?

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#35

"La Cueva Del Diablo". Location: Potosi. Bolivia

"La Cueva Del Diablo". Location: Potosi. Bolivia

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AJay
Community Member
1 month ago

Means "The Devil's Cave" in case you are wondering

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#36

"Pet Dino Skeleton". Location: Dixon, California, USA

"Pet Dino Skeleton". Location: Dixon, California, USA

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Bored Retsuko
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone should have one.

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#37

"Cars The Movie Reject". Location: Carinthia, Austria

"Cars The Movie Reject". Location: Carinthia, Austria

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Vasana Phong
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m sure the kiddos love it

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#38

"Bear Lover". Location: Gramado, Brazil

"Bear Lover". Location: Gramado, Brazil

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
Community Member
1 month ago

She's fully dilated.

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#39

"Your Very Own Backyard Plane". Location; Roxas Blvd, Philippines

"Your Very Own Backyard Plane". Location; Roxas Blvd, Philippines

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Alexandru Bucur
Community Member
1 month ago

That's an old satellite photo - the whole garden is now immaculately maintained, since the whole place is a restaurant and also used for events, etc. Even the planes have been retrofitted to act as lounges. Oh and one more thing. "Lhuillier's (name the family which own the estate) soviet jet" is wrong, because that's an American McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30, serial number RP-C1544, operated by Cebu Pacific Air until 2002 and moved here in 2015. The other plane is indeed soviet however, since it's an Antonov An-24, serial number RP-C7205, last operated by Mosphil Aero, an airline which went bust in the mid 2000s

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#40

"What Is She Doing There?". Location: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

"What Is She Doing There?". Location: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that a human?? The proportions look all wrong. Please let it be a slightly deflated blowup doll or something.

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#41

"Sand Bird?". Location: Xinjiang, China

"Sand Bird?". Location: Xinjiang, China

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Regal Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

Sand bird? Sand Bird!

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#42

"One Of A Kind Bmw". Location: Hagestein, Netherlands

"One Of A Kind Bmw". Location: Hagestein, Netherlands

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kermit
Community Member
1 month ago

The radioactive skeleton gives it a nice touch

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#43

"Don’t Look Too Close". Location: Ida-Viru County, Estonia

"Don’t Look Too Close". Location: Ida-Viru County, Estonia

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Aoife Lorris
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I looked too close... I felt a calling deep in my soul... I am now one of them. There's no turning back.

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#44

"Tipped Car". Location: Chauconin-Neufmontiers, France

"Tipped Car". Location: Chauconin-Neufmontiers, France

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kermit
Community Member
1 month ago

He’s taking a nap :)

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#45

"Tonopah Test Range Airport Bomb Target". Location: Nye County, Nevada, USA

"Tonopah Test Range Airport Bomb Target". Location: Nye County, Nevada, USA

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JD Cass
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is this black, white and grainy all over?

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