When Google Street View first came onto the scene, opinions were divided. On one side of the fence, people were raving about the technical prowess, believing the project to be a monumental feat of engineering. However, on the other side there were the cynics, shunning the service as the largest breach of privacy in history. But that wasn't the only controversy...
Within days there were reported sightings of: murderers in the act, creatures from the other side, and downright creepy people lingering on the sidewalk. Amateur spies soon flocked to the "digital" streets in an attempt to debunk some of these fascinating mysteries and discover who (or what) was behind some of the creepiest images on Google Street View.
10 The Japanese Pigeon Cult
If you ever find yourself in Japan and have to turn to Google Street View to find directions to Mitaka Station in Tokyo, you might notice a strange flock of half-man, half-pigeon hybrids forming a valley of death on the sidewalk. But don’t worry; the Birdman is merely a creature of legend.
9 The Field of Scarecrows
Near the town of Suomussalmi in north-east Finland is a sea of scarecrows almost 1,000 strong, standing on a random field on the side of the road. Since 1994 these menacing, motionless figures, known as “The Silent People,” have been displayed to motorists on Highway 5. Twice per year the Suomussalmi Youth Workshop change their clothes and give them a little pampering to ensure they'll withstand the test of time.
8 The Body on the Road
When citizens of St. John’s in Worcester, England, noticed what appeared to be a dead body lying on the side of the road, they immediately alerted the police. The face down corpse of a young girl with her shoes removed and arms by her side looks like a scene from a horror movie.
7 The Corpse-like Humanoid
When residents of this apartment block in Nancy, France, found out that they'd been visited by this scraggly haired monstrosity, they sought to remove it from Google's database as children in the area were allegedly frightened out of their wits.
6 The Mannequin Graveyard
At first glance this scene from the streets of Chile looks like a group of mummified corpses spilling out of the dumpsters, but on close inspection, they're nothing more than a collection of mannequins - although they're almost equally as creepy.
5 The Gas Mask in the Forest
This man was caught crouching between two trees in the Mexican forest as Google’s Streetcar drove past. He didn't do a particularly good job of hiding. It’s not clear what was going on, but he was almost certainly up to no good.
4 The Couple Dragging a Body
Zoom in far enough and Google Maps can be equally as strange as Google Street View. From a distance there is nothing conspicuous about this body of water in Almere, Netherlands, but zoom in all the way and you'll see what looks like a couple, dragging a dead body across a blood-soaked pier to dispose of in the lake.
3 The Kidnapped Naked Man
A naked man climbing out of the trunk of a car is always going to look a little suspect. When this pic turned up on Germany’s Google Street View, the conspiracies came rolling in. Was he kidnapped? Was he cleaning out his car after committing a murder? Is his dog alive or dead? What’s in the strange yellow bottle? Was the umbrella the murder weapon? There were so many twisted, criminal conclusions.
2 The Horse Headed Man
A few years ago this mysterious image of a horse-headed man, photographed in the Hardgate area of Aberdeen, Scotland, had the Internet looking on in bemusement and wonder.
The sighting has since become one of the most popular attractions on Google Street View, which has prompted dozens of people to come forward and claim to be the face behind the strange mask. Sightings have since occurred in Germany, Norway, England and Wales. Apparently he has cropped up on other Google Street View images, too. However, it's highly doubtful that this is the work of one man.
1 The Montana UFO
Finding unidentified flying objects on Google Street View isn't exactly challenging, but whether or not they contain visitors from another world is a different story altogether. When you're mapping the entire world with 360 photographs, glitches will inevitably occur.
But it doesn't stop ufologists scouring Street View for "proof." This picture from Trout Creek, Montana is definitely one of the most convincing. UFO hunter Scott Waring believes that this "blemish" is undeniable proof, stating "You can see there is an object with a roundish head on it sticking out from the top."
Sources: Buzzfeed, Amusing Planet, NBC News, Google Street View, AKA Dreamland, Techno Buffalo, Cnet, BBC News, Huffington Post
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