It’s said that there are roughly 770 million surveillance cameras on the planet right this second. So just in case you were wondering: yes, “Big Brother” is always watching. And if Big Brother takes a nap, then Google and its Street View cameras are there to pick up the slack. That means if we ever find ourselves in situations that we’d rather forget, there’s a good chance they’ll be captured on camera for all eternity. Don’t believe us? Well, here’s a list of the funniest moments snapped by Google Street View to prove it.
60. All Aboard!
Forgotten your train ticket? Fear not. We’re sure this feline conductor is open to alternatives. A box of cat biscuits might do the trick. Or a big ball of twine.
59. That Sinking Feeling
Now this skateboarder has either been split in two by the Google Street View camera, or he’s stumbled across a new form of quicksand. For his sake, let’s hope it’s a glitch.
Have you ever found yourself in a position where you desperately want to get off the street to avoid embarrassing looks? We get the feeling this guy can relate.
57. Scooby Snacks Aplenty!
All those years of chasing ghosts and solving mysteries has clearly paid off for Scooby Doo, Shaggy and the rest of the gang. Now they own no fewer than three Mystery Machines! Show-offs.
56. Fight Club
The Google Street View camera here was fortunate enough to stumble across the latest attempt at a live-action Mortal Kombat movie. On this evidence, they still can’t get it right.
55. The Chase Is On
We think this guy might’ve confused a Google Street View camera with a taxi. And unless he’s a big tipper, we hope the driver kept going. He probably caught the next one anyway.
54. The Golden Troupe
If you’re a Star Wars fan, here’s an answer to a question you never asked. C-3PO apparently has a family, and they’re roaming the streets. Maybe the trio are looking for the Millennium Falcon?
53. Garbage Day
Work doesn’t always have to be dull, right? These garbage men are clearly enjoying themselves out in the sun. Maybe a little too much, but who are we to judge?
Depending on their location, Google Street View cameras can capture some idyllic shots of the surroundings. But in this case, one of them spotted the world’s worst hide-and-seek player.
51. Who Needs A Sunbed?
If you’re looking to catch some rays on a sunny day, you’ll probably try to find a lounger. Yet this man had other ideas. Clearly, the sidewalk and lamp post served as the perfect substitute.
50. No Cause For A Llama
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That is indeed a llama standing outside a bakery with its owner. It’s fair to say that you don’t see stuff like that every day.
49. “How Many Days Until Christmas?”
Have you ever wondered what Santa Claus gets up to when the festive season ends? Well, if this Google Street View camera shot is anything to go by, he’s not doing much.
48. Don’t Touch The Bike
Chains and padlocks are normally good enough to secure your bike while you’re away. But this person employed a different safety measure. Whatever that thing is, no one’s going near it!
47. My Little Pony
We don’t know if this woman was trying to look cool? Perhaps she had no other forms of transport. Either way, that pony definitely deserves a treat at the end of the journey.
46. Taking In The Sights
All superheroes deserve a break at some point, right? Spider-Man certainly thought so; he just looks like any other tourist in this Google Street View picture. Well, almost. And the fanny pack helps to keep things decent, too!
45. Chuck E. Cheese Delivery
Something tells us that this person has just visited a Chuck E. Cheese. How they procured the mascot’s head is anyone’s guess, though. We can hear the crying children from here.
44. “Where’s Miss Piggy?”
Since The Muppet Show ended, Kermit the Frog has clearly fallen on hard times. We only hope that Gonzo, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang have had better luck!
43. Window Dressing
Just as with any other camera, the Google Street View lens encourages certain people to strike a pose. This guy here went for something simple. Hopefully he didn’t fall through the window for his efforts.
42. The Wolf Among Us
If this Google Street View photo is anything to go by, werewolves are getting younger by the day. And look at that pose! He’s a shoo-in for the local monster fashion show.
41. “Get Out Of My Swamp!”
We can’t tell if this tribute to Shrek is meant to entice people inside or scare them off. Either way, the character’s seen better days. We can only imagine what Donkey and Fiona look like!
40. Bear Country
When camping in certain parts of the world, you need to be wary of bear sightings. In this instance, though, an encounter with the real thing might’ve been a little less creepy.
39. Robin Hood Lite
Channeling his inner Robin Hood, this guy looked to test his archery skills in a totally safe way outside the house. Even so, the paramedics are likely just out of shot.
38. Human Dressing Room
Dressing rooms exist for a reason: they provide us with the privacy we need while trying on clothes. Still, this guy clearly had other ideas. We don’t see the human version catching on!
37. An Afternoon Gallop
Over the course of a long day, we all need to stretch our legs. But this equine-faced individual took the fitness game to new heights – putting both humans and horses to shame.
36. Heroes For Hire
From Captain America to a pair of Robins, this bar’s security task force might’ve been deemed a little excessive. But any nearby super-villains were sure to be quaking in their boots.
35. Strike A Pose
When certain people spot Google Street View cameras, they can’t help but strike a pose. In the case of this biker, he played it safe with a dab. Keep your eyes on the road, though!
34. Heavy Shovel
You’ve all heard of air guitar, right? Well, the guy in this photo has added his own spin to the dance. Whether it catches on in the same way, however, is highly debatable.
33. Dentist On Wheels
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That is indeed a dentist’s chair on the back of a moving rickshaw. If you’re into the idea of extreme dentistry, this could be your lucky day!
32. Coastal Yoga
For some people, yoga is a very private practice that they perform at home. But this woman’s stretching on the coast caught the attention of at least one surprised motorist. Good job he’s parked!
31. Swamp Thing
When looking at this image, you can’t help but feel a mixture of sympathy and second-hand embarrassment for the person, or monster, under the seaweed. Did anyone in the background take notice of them?
30. Why The Long Face?
There are few worse feelings than being stood up by a date. Unfortunately for this masked diner, his misfortune was captured via a Google Street View camera. Maybe try a different face next time?
29. Topping Up The Tan
Have you ever asked yourself what might’ve happened if E.T. didn’t go home at the end of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic? Well, this Google Street View camera could have the answer.
28. A Tight Fit
As we can see here, humans aren’t the only ones who’ve been caught in embarrassing spots on camera. This poor pooch probably indulged in one too many dog biscuits before getting stuck.
27. Grassy Slopes
In most cases, skiers need snow to showcase their skills. But this guy seems to think he’s an exception, traversing a grassy hill like it’s one of the mountains in the background.
26. The Not So Fast And Furious
From the gloves to the goggles, this driver’s attempt to look the part in his vintage vehicle might not have had the desired effect. So Vin Diesel and company can rest easy for now.
25. Three Places At Once
Certain images from Google Street View cameras can split people into different places at once. The man in this photo fell victim to that, and his facial expression adds another dimension to the weirdness on show.
24. Walking The Bird
Judging by this Google Street View picture, there might be a reason why bird walking hasn’t taken off around the world. Alongside tired arms, the games of fetch just aren’t the same.
23. Tipping Point
While sidecars are a rarity on today’s roads, this driver tried to pull off a spectacular trick with theirs. If there had been a crowd present, the attempt would probably have received a sympathetic clap or two.
22. Chillin’ In The Back
If relaxing in the back of a pickup truck were a sport, this guy would be a serial champion. Just look at the way he’s holding that bottle from a flat position!
21. Weird Science
To pull off this Google Street View photo, the three “scientists” needed to get their timing just right. But we can neither confirm nor deny the legitimacy of the experiment on show.
20. Highway Horse And Carriage
For the couple in the horse and carriage, this was probably one of the happiest days of their lives. But the same couldn’t be said for the motorists in the traffic jam behind them.
19. Caring Friends
A pratfall is always capable of drawing a laugh – especially if it happens to someone you know. Even so, this young girl might want to think about investing in some new friends.
18. Losing Control
Regardless of a bike rider’s age, embarrassing falls can still happen if they lose control. Unfortunately for this youngster, his awkward spill was documented for future generations by a Google Street View camera.
17. Bark Seat Driver
If your dog walks have become a little stale and boring, you can always take a page out of this guy’s book. At the very least, his pooch seems to be having fun.
16. A Prank For The Ages
While it was undoubtedly time-consuming to pull off, this prank will now live forever thanks to Google Street View. The driver might still be removing the cling film as we speak, though.
15. Sidewalk Scuba Diving
For these two individuals, normal scuba diving just didn’t cut it anymore. Instead, they wanted to wrangle up a wild sports car or elusive white van with their high-tech equipment.
14. Segway Gang
Street gangs can be problematic at the best of times, but you certainly wouldn’t want to mess with these guys. Just look at them. Could you realistically outrun a group of Segways?!
As any professional superhero will tell you, crime-fighting is an exhausting line of work. But even so, crashing on a park bench during your free time isn’t ideal. Go back to your secret hideout!
12. Feline Headwear
Whether it’s a closet or a chest of drawers, cats love to climb tall objects and look at the world below. Yet this feline took things to another level. Too bad no one noticed.
11. Loving Pets
Man’s best friend? Tell that to this poor soul after two dogs brought them down off their bike on the road. What’s the world coming to if you can’t trust loyal canines?!
10. Curbside Tantrum
Child tantrums can test the wills of the most patient parents or guardians. But the lady in this shot wasn’t having any of it. The kid might want to think about calling it quits.
9. Ninjas In Training
If these guys hoped to have a future as ninjas, they’ve already failed their first task quite miserably. Yes, we can see you. So did the Google Street View camera!
8. The Lawnmower Man
Gardening is supposed to be a relaxing pastime, but you’d never get that impression from this man. Maybe the heat got to him as he was mowing his lawn.
7. King Of The Castle
Your eyes aren’t tricking you. That guy in the background is indeed wearing a crown. Ruling over a piece of land is a tiring business, so we’ll excuse his public nap.
6. Open Up Your Loving Arms
We’ve all done embarrassing things in the privacy of our own homes, free from prying eyes. This guy didn’t have that safety net, though. At the very least, we hope his greeting was reciprocated.
5. The Chase Is On
In the days of the Wild West, scenes like this probably happened every few hours. But in the time since then, one thing has remained the same: you can’t outrun a horse, kid!
4. Pick Up A Penguin
Sometimes a picture can say a thousand words. This one, though? There isn’t a number that could do it justice. Wherever that guy and his penguin are going, it’s sure to be a riot.
3. Riding In Style
If you drive a fancy car, you’re sure to earn a bit of attention from your fellow motorists. However, few people can compete with a vehicle like this. It’ll save space on the driveway, too!
2. The Battle To End All Battles
In history books, famous battles are recalled in minute detail. But try as they might, these two warriors won’t be earning their own chapter. At least the Google Street View camera took a photo for posterity!
1. Pigeon Posse
In 1963 Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds terrified audiences across the U.S. However, not even he could’ve devised something as horrifying as this. So if you see a posse of pigeon people, run. And don’t look back.
You can find cool stuff on Google, though. For instance, Robert Morton, 55, was at home in the English town of Doncaster whiling away some time by browsing on Google Earth. For many of us, this same pastime is a relaxing way to enjoy some downtime in our lives. But in this case, Morton’s nonchalant surfing suddenly came to a juddering halt. Why? Because he’d spotted something on his screen that really shouldn’t have been there.
Google Earth works by taking satellite and aerial photographs and stitching them together to give a highly accurate 3D picture of our planet from above. You can get a similar effect on Google Maps if you turn on the “Satellite” setting, although this doesn’t offer the advanced features of Google Earth.
At any rate, people with time on their hands can gaze upon some extraordinary sights thanks to Google’s all-seeing computer program. Take the Davis-Monthan Boneyard, for example. It’s a kind of cemetery – but for planes rather than humans. Located in Arizona, the boneyard is a huge storage facility for surplus military and government planes.
Then there’s Oprah. Yes, Oprah Winfrey. Back in 2004, you see, a farmer in Arizona decided to create a tribute to the TV star by making her likeness in a 10-acre field of corn. The whole thing is actually a maze; but of course, you can only get the full effect of the image from up in the skies above it – or using Google Earth.
A curiosity from elsewhere in the world – here a field in Cordoba, Argentina – comes in the shape of the giant guitar pictured above. This, too, is a vegetation creation; but in this case, it’s not corn making up the image; it’s trees. And there’s actually a sad story behind the guitar depiction as well. You see, a farmer named Pedro Ureta created it in 1977 as a memorial to his late wife.
Every so often, meanwhile, Google Earth throws up some pretty awesome wildlife sights as well. Yes, it turns out that you don’t always need the guiding hand of Sir David Attenborough to witness some of nature’s most wondrous scenes. Like this herd of elephants in Chad – also captured by Google’s program – for example.
Sometimes, though, the phenomena that you’ll find on Google Earth can appear downright sinister. For instance, in this scene, captured somewhere in the Netherlands, it looks very much as if someone has dragged a bloody body out on to the wooden pier. Or, that liquid could be water – and the supposed body actually a fool-the-eye shot of a man and a dog. Somewhat unnervingly, perhaps, the mystery of what we’re really observing in this image has, in fact, never been solved.
Meanwhile, occasionally as you’re browsing you’ll discover something that is at once both genuinely enigmatic and at the same time hauntingly beautiful. This spiral pattern is actually a piece of man-made art, entitled Desert Breath, that’s to be found in the Egyptian desert. Situated not far from the Red Sea, the work was created in 1997 and covers an area of around one million square feet.
And then there’s the unfortunate S.S. Jassim. A cargo ship flying the Bolivian flag, the Jassim sank in 2003 after running aground. The ship in fact came to grief on the Wingate Reefs, which are in the Red Sea some distance out from the Sudanese coastal city of Port Sudan.
But let’s get back to Robert Morton in Doncaster. A dad with three children, Morton works as a mechanical fitter – when he’s not browsing Google Earth, that is. And it was on November 5, 2018, that Morton saw a shape on his screen that brought him up short.
Using Google Earth, Morton was, specifically, looking at the stretch of sea just off the beachfront resort of Portobello in Scotland. With its sandy beach, this destination is a popular one among day-trippers from Edinburgh, with the city center of the Scottish capital lying just four miles to the west. As for the coastal resort’s name, it harks back to the Battle of Porto Bello – a 1739 victory for the British over the Spanish in Panama.
But, as mentioned, it was the sea off the beach of Portobello to which Morton was paying particular attention. This expanse of water goes by the name the Firth of Forth. Firth, you see, is the Scottish word for estuary, while Forth is the name of the river that flows into the North Sea.
Now as Morton used Google Earth to scroll around the sea a little more than half a mile from Portobello Beach, he noticed a small object. So, intrigued, he began to zoom in on it. Speaking to British newspaper the Daily Mirror, Morton described what happened next.
“I was just looking on Google Earth on Monday and, by chance, I came across the picture of the aircraft. It looks like it is [in] the sea, just off the coast of Edinburgh. It looks like it is underwater,” said Morton. “It’s very, very strange. It’s incredible,” he added.
Morton then continued with the description of his extraordinary discovery of an apparently submerged aircraft. “It appears to be underwater,” he said. And it’s hard to argue with that appraisal. It does indeed look exactly like a plane lying on the seabed just off the Scottish coast.
However, Morton himself was actually doubtful of the evidence of his own eyes. “I have never heard of any aircraft crashing leaving Edinburgh or that area,” he admitted. Edinburgh Airport is, for the record, about 12 miles west of the location of this supposed submerged plane.
And Morton had, as a matter of fact, already come up with a more plausible explanation all on his own. “I know… the plane isn’t really in the water; it’s probably the satellite looking down on it through thin cloud giving it that appearance,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“It may just be another Google anomaly,” Morton continued. And then, as if on cue, a spokesman from Google piped up with a logical explanation for the bizarre airplane image. “The reason it looks like the plane is underwater is because each satellite image you see on the map is actually a compilation of several images,” he said.
“Fast-moving objects, like planes, often show up in only one of the many images we use for a given area. [And] when this happens, faint remnants of the fast-moving object can sometimes be seen,” the representative from Google continued. So, thankfully, it seems that no plane had actually plunged into the Firth of Forth.
And yet this isn’t, in fact, the only time that an apparently underwater plane has turned up on Google Earth. Another such “ghost” aircraft came to the attention of the world’s press back in February 2016, for instance. This one was in Lake Harriet in Minneapolis; and on that occasion, one Susan Cadrecha spoke for Google. “In short: each satellite image you see on the map is actually a compilation of several images,” she explained to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper. So, the incredulous out there will just have to keep on scouring.