The Google Street View Camera Has Taken Some Very Weird Pictures
If you haven't done a deep dive on Google Street View -- and, really, that makes you normal -- you may be missing out. The Google project is so ambitious that it aims to provide panoramic images for every place covered by Google Maps. So, there are bound to be a few crazy mishaps, stunts and just plain oddities. From choreographed flashmobs to eccentric civilians, here are the wildest moments ever caught on Google Street View.
First up is this user-submitted photo from Carl Tabor mapping the islands off the southwest coast of Italy. He is moments from proposing.
Straight out of "Scooby-Doo"
Look out Google Street View car! A sea creature is chasing you.
Google captured this photo at the Mission Beach Park in San Diego, Calif.
A flock of pigeon-masked people stare at the passing camera.
Google took this photo on a sidewalk outside Tokyo, Japan.
Google happened to catch this fairy-tale wedding procession while mapping English roads.
The horse-drawn carriage was spotted on the A412 road that connects Slough and Watford.
"Uh... Boss, we've got a problem"
This FedEx driver discovered too late that his truck could not safely clear the bridge.
The Street View car captured the distraught man in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Google interrupted this human-horse hybrid as they were enjoying a nice banana with some flamingos on their front lawn.
The high-potassium snacking event took place in Victoria, British Columbia.
Scuba road rage
These two scuba divers had a bone to pick with the picture-taking car that passed them.
This photo comes courtesy of Bergen, Norway.
A husband and wife take alternative transportation to their destination.
Google snapped this photo in Fort Worth, Texas.
Google Street View captured this freshly toilet-papered house in Fond du Lac, Wis. before the owners could clean it up.
Judging by the pumpkin on the front porch, one can assume this prank was inspired by Halloween.
Nothing to see here
Google caught this discussion, featuring a woman in underwear and heels, leaning into a passing car.
This scene took place in Madrid, Spain.
The headless pedastrians
This camera glitch makes it look as though two pedestrians are walking without their upper halves.
The two pairs of legs were snapped in a park in Anchorage, Alaska.
Google managed to capture this meta experience of a man taking a photograph the old-fashioned way.
This peaceful scene came courtesy of Google's venture into Kensington Gardens in England.
The love gun
Artist Ben Kingsley staged several scenes when Google took photos for street view in Pittsburgh in 2008.
This image shows a scientist shooting some sort of love ray into his co-workers and innocent pedestrians.
"The Silent People"
Along Highway 5 in Suomussalmi, Finland, thousands of scarecrow-like figures are propped up in an open field.
"The Silent People," as they're called, is the work of artist Reijo Kela. They have appeared in several places since 1988, but eventually found a home in this roadside field. Their clothes are changed twice a year.
Move over William Tell!
Google captured this striking scene of a man attempting to shoot an apple off his friend's head.
The stunt took place in Wallingford, Conn.
Google sometimes relies on user-submitted photos from local guides.
While capturing the village of Bandhgora in India, Sanjay Kumar Singh placed six versions of himself in the 3D view that can be seen here.
Google caught this dog hoarding bagels on a street.
If any baked goods go missing in Houston, Texas, check this location.
Careful near the canoes
Alligators are common in Florida.
This photographer came closer than you would want to be to one in the Florida Everglades. Turn the 3D view around and you'll see four pond-adventurers keeping their distance.
All you can eat
This Google photo, courtesy of VR project AirPano, shows a bear feasting on a school of fish in Kurile Lake, Russia.
The 3D view shows another bear on the banks as well as some humans watching from a distance.
The oncoming Google vehicle seemed to startle this reindeer as he was sauntering down a lakeside highway.
This photo was taken in northern Norway, perhaps as the reindeer was en route to the North Pole.
Keeping the village alive
Tsukimi Ayano created these rag dolls waiting for a bus stop in her dying village of Nagora, Japan.
As of 2016, the village had shrunk to 30 people due to migration or death. Ayano created more than 400 human dolls to give it a semblance of the life it once had.
In between two Volvo's and an old muscle car, Google captured this AT-AT walker lawn ornament.
The "Star Wars" prop was shot in a yard in Raleigh, N.C.
Interactive corn maze
Ready for a challenge? You can really navigate this corn maze using Google Street View.
Edmonton Corn Maze in Alberta, Canada created the adventure for online maze enthusiasts everywhere.
Journey through the desert
Just outside Roswell, in the New Mexico desert, Google Street View captured this woman in a dress and heels walking with her suitcase.
Hopefully, she got home safely.
What did you do to my car?
Google captured this prank in progress while rolling through Santa Cruz, Calif.
For unknown reasons, this sedan outside the Salon Gallery is covered in plastic wrap.
Google Street View captured this bride and groom, with their wedding guests in tow.
The happy couple was snapped near the Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
Google Street View users probably had a double-take when they saw this house window in Chicago.
Don't worry, the photo was taken in October. It can be assumed this is a creative Halloween decoration. The creepy image has since been blurred by Google.
I thought this was my road...
Google captures all kinds of wild things on the streets of the world, but one of the strangest things it has found is itself.
These two Google vehicles passed each other in northern Argentina.
This cyclist executed a perfect dab for the Google camera.
This photo was taken in Melbourne, Australia in 2016, when dabbing was still cool.
One of the many benefits of working for Google is knowing exactly when the Street View car will pass your office building.
These employees from the company's London office organized a hero's welcome for the passing co-worker.
A world of magic
Attention "Harry Potter" fans: You can use Google Street View to take a virtual stroll down Diagon Alley.
This is thanks to Street View mapping done for the Warner Bros. Studio in London.
For whatever reason, the Black Canyon Freeway in Arizona was photographed at night.
Coincidence? Or is this how it always looks?
It's common decency to strike a pose when the Google Street View car drives past.
This construction worker from Marseilles, Ill. executed a perfect shovel guitar pose.
Look both ways
Have you ever seen a llama crossing sign?
They are common in Mazcruz, Peru.
Goofing for the camera
These two must have heard that the Google Street View car was in the neighborhood.
The pair from Severn, Md. staged this picture. One appears to be mummified while the other pours water on him.
Google captured this zen beachgoer in the middle of her routine.
The flexible yoga enthusiast is pictured in Mermaid Beach, Queensland, Australia.
In their quest for map dominance, Google saw this person riding a horse in Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland.
You can see the person is just beginning to lose balance and fall off the horse.
I wonder what it's saying...
Google caught this exotic bird holding court in a local park in Lancaster, Pa.
The full scene from 2011 can be seen here.
Love is in the air. No, literally.
This cloud Google snapped on a Russian peninsula is a picture-perfect heart.
Google shot this picture at the exact moment to catch this lightning streak.
The bolt of light caused an interesting camera malfunction. This photo was taken in Sibiu, Romania.
This giraffe ornament has probably startled a number of motorists and Google Street View browsers alike.
Its long neck pops out of some roadside bushes in Williston, Vt.
Someone messed up
Someone did not properly store the contents of this utility vehicle in Chiapas, Mexico.
Google caught a trail of plastic wrap blowing out its back. See just how far the wrap extends here.
Fancy a walk in the park?
Cameras caught these two in interesting red latex outfits as they circled St. Stephen's Green in Dublin, Ireland.
This skier proved you don't need fresh powder to hit the slopes.
Ski enthusiasts captured this image at Mont Blanc in the Alps.
DC and Marvel crossover?
Superman and Spider-Man were captured together in this photo.
Google discovered the super pairing and their personal cameraman in Stockholm, Sweden.
Isn't that romantic?
Google took a picture of these two lovebirds as they posed.
This romantic scene took place on the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czechia.
Google shot a photo of these two knights jousting while a fair maiden looks on from her tent.
This is perhaps a routine activity offered by the Spottrup Castle in Denmark, where this picture was taken.
Enjoying the sun
Another bizarre roadside setup is this human doll pool party.
Google found this get-together outside a house in Harcourt, Ontario, Canada.
Comic cat megafan
Someone in Australia really likes Garfield.
This custom-painted van was spotted at a beach in Queensland.
This Google vehicle captured many of its kind in a marina parking lot.
Perhaps Monterey, Calif. serves as a home base for the vehicles, or their drivers were just having a mixer.