We live in a big and unique world. It’s very easy to believe that someone could live their entire life without even visiting 1% of the earth’s surface. Thankfully, Google Earth is there to fill in the gaps. Using this online service, people can virtually travel to nearly anywhere in the world with just the click of a button!
Sometimes, though, they encounter some pretty unusual things. We put together a list of the 12 most outrageous things you can find on Google Earth. They’re all pretty remarkable, but number 2 will really knock your socks off! Keep reading to find out more!
#12 The Colonel Himself
Millions of people spend time exploring the world on Google Earth each day. So, companies have begun creating giant art installations that can be seen from space. In a way, it’s like free advertising! This particular example is an ad for Kentucky Fried Chicken and can be found off Extraterrestrial Highway in Nebraska.
We get having an advertisement for a company, but what about for a person? Curious? Check out slide 7!
#11 Someone Tell Hitler?
Rural areas in Kazakhstan have long been known for their unique geoglyph patterns. That is, ancient mounds of packed earth and timber created to decorate the countryside. This glyph, however, is quite different. It resembles a swastika! Thankfully, archeologists have been able to carbon date the site back 12,000 years (long before the swastika was affiliated with the Nazi Party), making this nothing more than a strange coincidence.
Another cool find from Kazakhstan is coming up on slide 1!
#10 It’s The Circle Of Life
“It’s the ciiiiircle of life!!” Can’t you just hear the music? Most people will never have the privilege of watching a herd of wild elephants stampede across the Savannah, but Google Earth makes this possible. This scene was captured in the country of Chad. These gentle giants were definitely channeling their famous Disney kin when they posed for this shot!
#9 The Red Scare
Throughout the 1950s, the United States government created countless nuclear launch sites to protect the country from an attack by a communist country such as Russia. Though some of these sites have now been abandoned, they can still be located on Google Earth. This particular launch site is located on the side of a mountain in Oahu, Hawaii.
This is an island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island. Yep — you heard that right! Try saying that five times fast! This geographic feature can be found on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
If you think this is an impressive water feature, wait until you see slide 4!