101 Responses to “Top 17 Most Bizarre Sights on Google Earth”

  1. John Beagle on January 3, 2008 1:22 pm

    Very amusing collection of images. Thanks for sharing.

  2. CrudeDarkness on January 3, 2008 1:52 pm

    Try looking at this through google earth:

  3. Steve on January 3, 2008 2:17 pm

    Actually, the shadows of all three planes are visible at 50° 3’16.93″N latitude 8°36’21.54″E longitude. I don’t know what that means though.

  4. Guyon on January 3, 2008 2:19 pm

    On #2 all 3 planes have shadows.

  5. Leo on January 3, 2008 2:28 pm

    Giant Indian Head w/ iPod is actually in Canada. Link 1 and 2

  6. vivek on January 3, 2008 2:35 pm

    Excellent collection of images.

  7. terryl on January 3, 2008 2:57 pm

    thanks for the sharing and interesting break

  8. suzanne shanahan on January 3, 2008 3:00 pm


  9. Benjamin on January 3, 2008 3:03 pm

    I see three airplane shadows. Look closely, same distance/angle from each object. One is mostly cropped, the other seems to be set on rough terrain making it almost invisible.

  10. HugoFirst on January 3, 2008 3:19 pm

    All are very interesting.
    Thanks for the compilation.

    In #2, The Aircraft Traffic Jam, you
    say that only the middle aircraft has a shadow. Look closely in the places that correspond to the other airplanes and you’ll see shadows there too!

  11. nomi on January 3, 2008 3:24 pm

    great compilation

  12. Jim Collins on January 3, 2008 3:43 pm

    #1, the “swastika” isn’t a swastika, it’s rotating counter-clockwise.

  13. Jonathan on January 3, 2008 3:44 pm

    The trees forming “ST PATRICKS” are on the north-side of South Bend, IN in Saint Patrick’s County Park.

    Also if you look just west of South Bend at:
    86°29′ W 41°40′ N
    you will see the word “STUDEBAKER”, as if in the now closed Studebaker car company located in South Bend, written by trees.

  14. s0lidus on January 3, 2008 4:03 pm

    #2 is not accurate, if you look at google map for the planes, you’ll see that there are actually 3 shadows. The one in the middle is the shadow for the first plane. Even in the picture you posted you can kinda see the tip of the shadow for the 2nd plane on the corner. I guess there really were 3 planes taking off or maybe it was a huge coincidental overlay where there was a plane and a shadow in each segment of the pictures they were putting together.

  15. Dwayne Charrington on January 3, 2008 5:04 pm

    Terrific images. I enjoyed looking at them, a couple were freakingly good. The ghost ship one was one of the best images.

    – Dwayne Charrington.

  16. Geekster on January 3, 2008 5:25 pm

    Hey guys, thanks for pointing out the shadows on #2. I’ve fixed that.

    Thanks for the comments, we’re stoked you enjoyed the post!

  17. Blragh on January 3, 2008 5:34 pm

    The WWII plane over Huntingdon is not an unusual occurrence since it’s close to the Imperial War Museum Duxford (http://duxford.iwm.org.uk). They have a working airport there, and lots of historic planes fly there for shows and other events.

  18. Chris on January 3, 2008 5:42 pm

    How about a happy face on the side of a hill (here)? Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

  19. FPM on January 3, 2008 5:55 pm

    I used to be a homeless rodeo clown but now I am a world class magician !

  20. Contro on January 3, 2008 6:16 pm

    Love the ghost ship. The Philadelphia Experiment continues…

  21. Actually Itsnot on January 3, 2008 8:43 pm

    Actually the building pictured is the n*zi svastika. The indian ‘good luck’ svastika (used by buddhists) is opposite of this picture.

  22. nICOLE on January 3, 2008 10:17 pm

    CrudeDarkness….what am I suppose to be looking at exactly? could u give me a point of reference….?

  23. Mike on January 3, 2008 10:38 pm

    Quote: ‘#1, the “swastika” isn’t a swastika, it’s rotating counter-clockwise.’

    Look again…dipsh!t

  24. Ozz on January 3, 2008 10:59 pm

    I’m right from the coast of the Aral Sea (#12). Many ships and boats are actualy over 200 km from the coastline.
    Try to look at Baikanur spaceport, it is about 500 km. to the East from the Aral Sea: it is an amasing constructure built in Sooviet times… Also there are very strange things you can find on the Vozrojdenie island in the Aral Sea, it is a biological lab, where they found famous anthrax some years ago..

  25. bkb on January 4, 2008 12:32 am

    The Firefox logo is in wrong category. Should be in brand spamming.

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  27. Tyler on January 4, 2008 7:43 am

    Swastika influenced design, man what were they thinking.

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  30. Scott on January 4, 2008 1:05 pm

    Of course, the missing apostrophe ought to be placed AFTER the “s” and not before, as in “St Patricks’ Day”, rather than the commonly used, but nonetheless grammatically incorrect “St Patrick’s Day”.

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  32. killadelphia on January 5, 2008 2:06 am

    scott, go back to first grade english class. there was only one St. Patrick, for whom the holiday is named, therefore, a singular possessive. apostrophe before the s, not after. good try, though.

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  34. curtisp on January 5, 2008 9:57 pm

    If you zoom out from the swastika building complex you will see two more complexes shaped like airplanes and a field beyond that looks like it was bombed. The architect was depicting the bombing of the swastika.

    Wonder why people keep leaving that fact out.

  35. Matt Ellsworth on January 5, 2008 11:01 pm

    Great collection thansk!

  36. Intelligence on January 6, 2008 8:44 pm

    It would be interesting to note what other details could be incorporated into this collection of photos and maps with the higher resolution commercial services that google maps offers

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  38. Hakan on January 9, 2008 4:51 pm

    This is not a Airtraffic Jam, it is just one Aircraft moving on. If you look at all three aircrafts, you will see, that they are identical except for the height thus making the rightmost bigger.

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  41. take away on January 22, 2008 12:26 pm

    One more (number 18): Iraq car bomb on Google Maps.

  42. David Mackey on January 22, 2008 10:51 pm

    Very nice list.

  43. WWIIMan on February 19, 2008 6:29 am

    Another one by Coronado island, San Diego, go to the right of the navy supply center. And youll find a floating gas island.

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  46. Dan on May 11, 2008 4:45 pm

    Nice collection of pics. Very kool!

  47. mamo on May 24, 2008 12:58 am

    on the african wildlife …… those are elephants not hippos!!!!!

  48. errol on May 26, 2008 1:10 pm

    quite funny but some of them are a bit rubbish.
    wasted 5 mins of my life lol.!

  49. Igor on June 17, 2008 10:19 am

    Elephants!!! Elephants!!! Not hippos! lol…

  50. Ryan on June 17, 2008 11:15 am


    What kind of Google Earth are u using so that the buildings from the Swasticka Design are 3d???


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  52. Highvolt on July 21, 2008 6:32 pm

    I found #8 to be interesting because I live in Ocala, Florida and looked up John Travolta’s house on Google Earth many times. Such a familiar picture to me.

  53. Otto on July 22, 2008 9:20 am

    Brand Spamming: Don’t forget about FedEx! They put their logo on top of the new arena in downtown Memphis.

    The nearby Peabody Place mall did the same thing a long time before Google Earth/Maps existed though.

  54. Booyaa on July 22, 2008 10:01 am

    I live in Cambridge, Ontario and I’ve never seen that smiley or the swastika influenced building.

  55. Someone on July 25, 2008 11:22 am

    (Plane traffic jam) Do you guys see that there is another plane shadow on the left where the airport is and look at where the shadows and on other objects that means there are 2 shadows that you can’t see the plane of? Creepy …

  56. Person on August 6, 2008 10:33 am

    the picture with the three airplanes is actually the same airplane. Shots were taken at about the same speed of the airplane. also several truck in the large picture r pictured twice

  57. Bob Keyes on August 26, 2008 2:29 pm

    Here’s another odd thing to look at – take a look at the Schwerin Airport in Germany. You can see a blur on one of the runways, a plane either taking off or landing, I’d guess.

  58. JKFan87 on September 2, 2008 11:19 pm

    Companies have put their logos on tops of buildings long before Google Earth (or Keyhole) existed. It was done for planes flying over/landing, not for Google Earth. Yes, some may do it now, but not all.

  59. Sailing Videos on September 2, 2008 11:33 pm

    Bursts of light are angels trying to save us from the chemicals in our water that cause rainbows in our sprinklers. Thank god for angels! 😉

  60. David McMIllan on September 2, 2008 11:56 pm

    Boston use to have really good example like No13 (The Leaning Tower of Seattle) There were 3 building each from a different angle. Now the really cool thing about this was that it was noticeable with the default coordinates for the city.

  61. dr riq on September 3, 2008 12:58 am

    in the second snap of the airplane traffic jam there is no overlay problem there r three shadows visible cleary(or on second thoughts maybe not so clearly but they r there try looking for them.

  62. Joel Reid on September 3, 2008 1:23 am

    (Aircraft Traffic Jam) I actually looked at the real map and found 5 shadows for 3 planes.
    And MAMO noticed the Elephants on the Google pic. If you go to the real map by clicking under the pic. You’ll see hundreds of hippos.
    Thank you for the great pics!

  63. erichansa on September 3, 2008 3:08 am

    “Coca Cola who used 70,000 empty coke bottles for their logo on a hillside in Chile.”ok so basically coke just dumped a bunch of empty plastic bottles in a foreign country to make an advertisement…and nobody thinks there’s anything wrong with that?

  64. Baron Von Kerplunk on September 3, 2008 3:13 am

    This one should be added to brand spamming. As far as i remember mens magazine Maxim was one of the first of the Google Earth brand spams.

    It also deserves a mention coz the cover features hot as hell Eva Longoria :)

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  66. willgetin on September 3, 2008 6:42 am

    The John Travolta one is not 100% right. JT did not build the air strip. He bought into a development called Jumbolair that had a pre-existing airstrip that could accommodate his plane. This is the airstrip where 5 kids died last year in a BMW when they skidded off the end of the runway…

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    Actually your missing one sighting that is really weird and it is right where I live check it out: this is real and happens to be right at my spot , little scary….

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  70. Sundararaj Thayalan on September 3, 2008 8:23 am

    Any one with little AP Interpretation knowledge will definitely differentiate between African elephants and that of hippos !!!

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  72. Grant Penny on September 3, 2008 9:51 am

    What an interesting article. Bizarre bizarre bizarre indeed.

  73. johnsonjohn on September 3, 2008 10:43 am

    “there are shadows for those airplanes on #2”
    said in stupid whiney voice

    uh you are all a bunch of f’in dumbies thats why that part of the message is crossed out. and you dont ALL have to say it, its not so important it needs 15 confirmations, say something smart or dont say it at all. jeez is everyone 5 years old who posts on here?

  74. kcav8or on September 3, 2008 1:42 pm

    Looks like Travolta’s home is the first in a fly-in community development called “Jumbolair”, no doubt owned by Travolta. Note the cul-de-sacs next to the runway. Here’s the website I found: http://www.jumbolair.com/

  75. Charles on September 3, 2008 4:40 pm

    I have actually delivered specialty fuels several times to the pictured Ford test track when I drove a tanker out of the Texas panhandle. You can’t see that sign anywhere from the ground.

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  77. opl on September 3, 2008 8:42 pm

    Who said it was *plastic* bottles? Could be glass bottles …

    That said, what’s wrong is the whole Coca Cola company in the first place, sure.

  78. David Grieman on September 3, 2008 10:39 pm

    Nice collection. Thanks!

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    Very funny! thanx for sharing.

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    Great list! I always like seeing the odd stuff popping up around Google Earth.

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  86. website design on September 15, 2008 1:36 am

    I’ve never seen the truck crash. I wonder how many other weird things are still on Google Earth yet to be found?

  87. Professormp3 on September 20, 2008 5:09 pm

    Hey Great pics … but can anyone tell me why there are patches at the north and south poles. Is there something there we are not supposed to see? Check them out for yourselves they are placed at exactly the 80 degree lines of latitude upwards. Read also the log of Admiral Richard Byrd if you can get your hands on it.

  88. VWg on October 3, 2008 6:33 pm

    Accualy the picture with the 3 airplanes, they all have shadows..

  89. Brett Meyer on October 22, 2008 9:36 am

    These interesting satellite images, and many others, are available on SatelliteSights.com (a Google Earth and Google Maps sightseeing community).

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  91. Sharon Carlson on November 22, 2008 11:24 pm

    #9 RE: African Wildlife……Hey guys those aren’t hippos…those are elephants…..I think this is very obvious don’t you think so too…..geee whizzzz

  92. Bryan on November 23, 2008 9:31 pm

    These really make me wounder who is looking down on me.It’s amazing the era we live in. I think I will take a trip over to Google earth and see what’s up

  93. Colin on December 11, 2008 8:28 pm

    Here’s a pic that can only be described as a missile flying over a national forest in Utah.

  94. Phil Ross on December 20, 2008 8:24 am

    How often are the pictures updated?
    Is it possible to see (say) UK in the Autumn? or in the winter (Leafless)
    I live at NP7 0DD & have a perfect view of where I live ( old Flannel weaving mill) but I would like to see the river Clydach just 15Metres away but it is covered with trees in full leaf

  95. genious on December 29, 2008 3:57 am

    that’s cool. but every one knows, these are not full pictures. it all depends on the staelitte position.

    any way good stuff.

  96. Chuck on January 2, 2009 1:09 pm

    If you look those 3 planes actually have 4 shadows. Look up and to the right of the planes and you can see each of their shadows but there’s one extra.

  97. Tim on January 16, 2009 11:37 pm

    Just east of Air Force Academy are 2 weird UFO’s (likely trainers). The strange thing is the colored contrails that match the colors of the objects. 38 59′ 52.00″N 104 59′ 59.00″W

  98. UFO Sightings on January 27, 2009 5:43 am

    Some great finds here. You gotta laugh at some of the UFO ‘sightings’ identified by some G earth followers – that beam of light above is indeed a link to a parallel universe. There are others you know, just off route 66 also…

  99. Chris on February 15, 2009 11:47 am

    Mike. you are the dipshit.
    That is a swastika. counter clock wise is right.
    maybe you should look again.

  100. Dominik on February 16, 2009 7:38 pm

    The leaning buildings are quite awesome. It is a real new type of art 😉

  101. Josh on February 19, 2009 4:36 pm

    Thats not the only place Ford has spammed take a look at Ford field in Detroit.

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