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November 3, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: (Just for fun) Invading alien bug on Google maps

MapbugAndrew Elgert points out:

This Google Maps image shows an insect, apparently a giant insect, measuring 50m in length, using the scale on google maps. In fact, the insect is a variety of thrip, an insect that is actually about 1mm in length.

This is apparently the first incident of an insect being accidentally photographed into the Google Maps service.

If people were actually convinced by the radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds," then Google ought to change this image - fast!


A.)I'm first

B.)This is old

C.)It's been shown a lot of other places

Posted by: Gabriel J. Smolnycki at November 3, 2006 07:37 AM

A.) I'm second

B.) I've never seen this before

C.) It's funny - I'd like to know the location on the map!

D.) Gabriel, get over yourself already.

Posted by: Ikkyusan at November 3, 2006 08:27 AM

Click the Google Map Image link at the beginning of the post. It's a direct link to the spot.

Posted by: Timber at November 3, 2006 11:37 AM

That's pretty funny. Gabriel, you'll notice this is posted in just for fun. So have some!! Fun, that is. I can't believe it's been two months since I was able to view this website on a regular basis and people are STILL doing the "first" and "second" etc. crap. I'd hoped that had faded out.

Posted by: lefty-chef at November 3, 2006 11:44 AM

_@_v - eeeeeeeeeyaaaaaaagh! giant bugs! ruuuuuuunnnnnnnn!

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at November 3, 2006 02:01 PM

Giant bug eats entire field of farmers crops. The food market is in crisis.

Posted by: st33med at November 3, 2006 03:19 PM

This is what you would call a software bug.

Posted by: The Pondermatic at November 5, 2006 08:05 PM

This may be slightly 'analog' of me, but what exactly is going on? How did the insect get in the image?

Posted by: dee1983 at November 6, 2006 09:56 PM

Maybe it was in the lens -- wait, then it wouldn't be focused. How did it get in there?

Posted by: Sean Z. at November 8, 2006 01:23 AM


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