When Google launched Street View back in 2007, few could have predicted the impact it would have. Vast swathes of the world have since been photographed, with Google returning to the most popular spots every few years.
Many people are familiar with the classic Google Street View car, complete with a large 360° camera. But Street View isn’t limited to roads – images have been captured using a tricycle, camel, boat, snowmobile, underwater equipment and, of course, on foot. For areas that aren’t so extensively covered, Google invites users to upload their own photos or panoramas.
Street View is very useful for navigation or reference purposes, but it can also be a source of entertainment. Over the years, it’s inadvertently captured moments that are bizarre, hilarious or just plain confusing.
Sadly, Google has blurred out some of the old, classic Google Street View hoaxes and staged photos, but we’ve captured some of the classics. Without further ado, here are 25 of the funniest things found when roaming the streets.
1. Speed demon
Most people don’t record their own traffic infractions, but this is no ordinary vehicle. The Street Car’s speed is captured while driving into what looks suspiciously like a 30mph zone.
In what looks like a scene straight from Disney, a carriage ride is adding a bit of magic to the day – except for those stuck behind in traffic, that is. You can see the street below, but the carriage has vanished, presumably by the wave of a wand.
We love cows, and we respect their, erm, bovine rights. But we’d be pretty surprised if they had beef about being caught on Google’s Street View camera. Google clearly thinks differently, blurring this animal’s face so it couldn’t be recognised.
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