Top 10 WEIRDEST Things Seen on Google Earth

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Top 10 WEIRDEST Things Seen on Google Earth

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Rémi Dufresne.

There are some truly bizarre Google Earth finds out there. Whether it's a seemingly abandoned baby in front of a Gucci store on a Taiwan sidewalk, a building complex shaped like a swastika in San Diego, California or somebody peeing in broad daylight in a Street View of Madrid, these are some of the craziest thing ever found on Google Earth. WatchMojo counts down ten of the strangest sights on Google Earth.

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Script written by Rémi Dufresne.

Top 10 WEIRDEST Things Seen on Google Earth


This revolutionary program has been giving us an overhead view of pretty much any location in the world for over a decade, but sometimes… it comes across some pretty odd stuff. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 weirdest things found on Google Earth.

For this list, we’re exploring some of the most peculiar, awe-inspiring or downright mysterious images ever captured by Google Earth since it first launched in 2005. Some of these sights have likely since disappeared, but as long as they were once visible on Google Earth or Google Street View, they’ll be considered.

#10: The Longest Word in the World

What’s the longest word on Earth? A first name just five letters long: Hamad. Or at least, it used to be... before it was erased. Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan, a member of one of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates, apparently wanted his name to be visible from space. Well, mission accomplished! And how did he do it? By having his name engraved on the beach of Futaisi, a private island he owns in the Persian Gulf. The letters are in fact canals, through which the water flows and spells out the billionaire’s name. Hey, when you’ve got all the money in the world… why not?

#9: Kazakhstan Pentagram

Located close to the Russian-Kazakhstan border is this creepy pentagram. Now we know what you’re thinking; either this former Soviet state is up to no good, or them Winchester boys are at it again. Whatever’s in your particular conspiracy-cocktail, this giant pentagram is sure to creep out any Google Earth users who come across it by happenstance. Ignoring how and why it's there, if any demons are accidentally summoned in the area, we’ll know exactly what’s to blame.

#8: An Airplane Graveyard

In Tucson, Arizona, there’s a military base with a very special purpose - it serves as an airplane graveyard. Known as “the Boneyard,” it holds around 4,500 outdated military and commercial airplanes. It should come as little surprise that this cemetery is well protected, seeing as the stored airplanes total a value of $35 billion! Who woulda thought that a cemetery could be such a goldmine? These airplanes are mainly preserved for their pieces, but they are sometimes sold or refurbished.

#7: An Accidental Swastika

If you fly over San Diego using Google Earth, you’d think that the Nazis were back! What you’re actually looking at however, is the United States Navy’s Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Construction broke ground on the complex in 1967, and there are conflicting reports as to whether the architects had any idea that their structure would resemble a swastika when seen from a bird’s eye view. Either way, it was a costly mistake. $600 thousand has been invested into giving it a more acceptable shape.

#6: An Urgent Need

Google Earth allows us to take in many wondrous sights, but for the most part, Street View captures ordinary, everyday life. And nothing’s more ordinary than this resident of Madrid who just couldn’t hold it anymore. Hidden behind a car, this person, whose gender remains undetermined, can be seen urinating in broad daylight. What’s even funnier is the fact they seem utterly oblivious to the vehicle, decked out with photography equipment, rolling up right behind them. And so Google unknowingly shared this stranger’s adventures in urination with the whole world, only to delete it shortly after it went viral.

#5: Baby on the Loose

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one is worth a thousand questions. Why is there a baby alone on a sidewalk in Taiwan? And why next to a Gucci store? Did the Google car stop to help it? This unnervingly odd photo remains unexplained and, as desperate as we might be for answers… we can only guess as to what became of the famous Gucci baby from Taiwan. We hope it found its parents! If the story ended well… it’s got the makings of a movie we’d LOVE to see. Could the baby’s odd predicament have been part of a film production? So many questions...

#4: Pool of Blood


This especially bright red lake situated in Sadr City, Baghdad, makes for a chilling image. You’d think that such a sight would result in investigation and explanation from local officials, but no definitive answers have surfaced. Some people believe that the color is caused by a bacteria found in the salt. Others blame pollution. Some even believe that the reservoir is used as the dumping ground of a nearby slaughterhouse. Could it be a modern day plague of biblical proportions? Whatever it is, if you’re ever in Sadr City, maybe don’t go for a swim in this particular body of water.

#3: Sleeping with the Fish

This photo is straight out of a gangster movie. The barren-looking shoreline and the trail of blood along the dock… your imagination can’t help but run wild. It screams “crime scene”. By the looks of it, a body has been dragged along the wooden structure and is about to be tossed into the water. Did Google Earth just solve its first murder case? Sadly… no. The truth is significantly less exciting than the photo would suggest. In fact, it’s just a water trail left by a dog after coming out of the lake. Case… disappointingly closed.

#2: A Village of Dolls

Years ago, in Nagoro, Japan, artist Tsukimi Ayano recognized that her small village was steadily shrinking, and so she decided to do something about it. She didn’t start a campaign to attract young couples though… no, she began making large dolls or “scarecrows,” often in the likeness of the recently deceased or children who moved away. And, the tradition has made the tiny village a tourist destination. Today there are over 350 dolls in Nagoro... and roughly 30 residents! The end result is one seriously odd virtual road trip courtesy of Street View. If you suffer from pediophobia, or the fear of dolls, avoid Nagoro, both online and in person!

Before revealing our top pick, here are some honorable mentions.
- Atacama Giant in Chile
- SS Jassim Shipwreck

#1: The Gobi Desert in China

If you fly over the Gobi desert, you’re in for a visual treat. Strange shapes, patterns and unexplained holes make for a captivating sight. Some of this otherworldly eye candy can be explained by nuclear tests and military exercises. But others are more difficult to comprehend, leaving the door wide open for various zany conspiracy theories. For example, this jumble of white lines has been called a very detailed map of the streets of Washington by curious minds online. What exactly is going here? No one’s sure… but it sure is fun to speculate. Thanks Google Earth!
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