The 11 Most Controversial Things Ever Found on Google Maps
Google Maps is probably the most useful tool for searching for geographical information. However, during your exploration of the virtual globe, you can come across bizarre things you never thought were possible. If you have a rich imagination and the mind of a detective this can become the best entertainment for you.
We at Bright Side rounded up the 11 most controversial things spotted on Google Maps and captured by ordinary users. Some of them have been explained by science, while others are still shrouded in mystery.
11. The Coca-Cola logo on a mountain
The world’s largest Coca-Cola logo was constructed on the slope of a mountain near Arica City, Chile. The logo was made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola in 1986 and was composed of 70,000 empty Coke bottles.
10. A mysterious pyramid discovered in Antarctica
The question of whether this pyramid-shaped structure hidden in the snow of Antarctica is the legacy of another ancient civilization is still open to debate. Supporters of this theory believe that this was the reason for the Third Reich’s extreme interest in Antarctica. Others are convinced that this mysterious pyramid is the legacy of the legendary Atlantis.
9. A cruise ship among skyscrapers
The first thought that comes to mind after seeing this picture is that the captain went mad for a moment and headed for land. In fact, this building is a shopping center in Hong Kong. It looks especially splendid at night when all the lights are on.
8. The footprint of a giant
This unusual maze similar to the footprint of a giant is located in a small village near the county of Hampshire. This is the longest maze in England (377 ft).
7. Gulliver, tied down to the roof of a building
One of the world’s strangest children’s playgrounds is situated in Valencia, Spain. With numerous slides, secret passages, and a huge wide bench for parents, the structure looks like an amusement park.
6. An alien cat
This geoglyph is approximately 9,000 years old. According to one version, this is a divine cat who came from another world. It is located in the driest place on the planet: the Atacama Desert, which hasn’t seen a single drop of rain for centuries.
5. A salt factory similar to a work of art
This is a small village in Niger with a population of 50 families. The main occupation of the local people is the extraction of salt from ponds full of mud. Each pond is filled with water, into which a special clay containing salt is placed. The salt water is then drained and filtered. Salt crystals become visible as the water evaporates.
4. An alien spaceship
It seems a real alien spaceship has landed in Texas. In fact, it’s a local attraction called Futuro House. It was designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the 1960s. This architectural design once was very popular and represented people’s hope for future technologies. Today, only 30 Futuro Houses exist in different parts of the world.
3. This is what separated Antarctica from South America
This is another highly controversial thing spotted on Google Maps. Some scientists believe that the separation of the two continents was caused by a huge meteorite that hit Earth. Anyway, take a look at this picture — there may be some truth in this theory.
2. A waving man in Australia
This funny waving guy on the Australian Gold Coast is visible even from space. In fact, this is an ordinary floating pontoon for children, and it’s part of a small amusement park on the shore.
1. A giant crab
The satellite picture of a giant crab lurking off the shore of Whitstable, Kent, immediately went viral as soon as it was shared online. This massive crab was thought to be 50 ft wide and was dubbed "Crabzilla."
Bonus: Google’s secret base on Mars
Google seriously puzzled its users with a mysterious space base constructed amidst endless deserts. Some even thought this was the base of the real Martians, accidentally caught on camera. However, if you take a look inside the building, it becomes obvious that it’s just another Google data center.