Google Earth is a great, albeit creepy, way to zone in on different areas of the world. It's great for directions, pre-travel planning, and even spying on our crushes (don't do that). What it's not good for is virtual trips around the world at one in the morning, especially knowing that the internet is capable of playing to our greatest fears.
Since the service became available to the public, many people have found that satellites can pick up on more than just interesting mountain forms and confusing roadways.
A bit of further digging - or obsessive searching, for some - has led to some pretty interesting discoveries, many of which are still unexplained. Ultimately, the final verdict is always personal opinion, but here are the strangest things that have been found on the map to date.
20 Tons Of Dirt Angels Or Aliens?
The verdict is still out on what the heck these strange field shapes could possibly be. The disturbing part is that they resemble a humanoid but when sized, would be far larger than the average human. One forum guess is agricultural work, while another is 'starfish.' The truth is, we really have no idea.
19 That's A Large Man
At first glance, this lake can be a bit alarming. From an aerial view, it's the perfect shape of a man and something that's obviously man-made. This lake was indeed created by humans and can be found near Lacanga in Sao Pablo, Brazil.
18 Half-Hidden Treasure, A Tree Grows In The Sea
It's true that sometimes Google Earth will glitch, unintentionally superimposing one image atop another. However, these are usually pretty easy to tell apart, unlike the photo above - which appears to be a ship sprouting some flora. Perhaps it sunk not far off the coast, but it's still crazy to see trees growing in an open body of water.
17 Strange Artwork Always Looks Better From Above
Artwork always looks way cooler from up above and this one is clearly part of a city park. While its shape might not be clear to those down at eye-level, the aerial view allows us to take in all this dancing man has to offer. It's pretty neat, even if it can only be appreciated from the sky.
16 That's One Way To Signal For Help
People like to play jokes but to be honest, we're still not sure if this was one or not. Marking a field with 'SOS' could be a signal for help, or it could be an aerial prank from kids who don't know any better. Either way, this must have been a big double-take for the person who discovered it.
15 Creepy Decorations Make Us Second-Guess Our Usage
Is it a decoration or someone dressed up like Ralphie's brother in A Christmas Story? Either way, this is not what we expect to see when googling the street view of our friend's houses. This setup is weird and slightly unnerving, but also impossible to be missed with that fiery orange. Weird.
14 Planes Are One Of Many Things Hidden Under The Surface
Interestingly enough, Google Earth is pretty well-known for showing planes and shipwrecks. For some reason, these haven't been edited out, including the one in this photo, which has clearly been digitally enhanced for an improved visual. It's eerie knowing this is simply a search and a click away.
13 Someone Is Getting Fired
We're pretty sure this was completely unintentional. Looking like a finale episode from Breaking Bad, on first speculation, this appears to be an inmate running from something. We can't say for sure who it is - or what they're running from - but we can say that Google clearly has some tricks up its sleeve.
12 This Is Either A Crazy Resort Or An Otherworldly Teleportation Device
This photo first appeared on Reddit, when a user found this strange building somewhere in Qatar. Another user quickly jumped in to respond, finally solving the mystery: It's the Sea Palace of the Emir. A fancy construction design for a fancy palace, as they say!
11 To Be Honest, We Don't Even Know What This Is
Rumor has it that this is a large pink bunny belonging to Italy, but we're not sure of much more than that. What we do know is that it looks creepy from the sky and it's not a bunny that resembles any of the stuffed animals that we once had. Perhaps it comes alive at night? (Shiver).
10 Some Epic Aerial Rock 'N Roll Decor
This isn't strange, but it is super cool. This well-known guitar-shaped forest was planted by Pedro Martin Ureta in Argentina, in memory of his wife, by whom the art is inspired. It started as an inside joke and grew, quite literally, into so much more.
9 Rock-Man, Almost Like He-Man
We're hoping this was built intentionally, as it would be a bit weird to randomly have a humanoid rock outcropping directly behind what are residential homes. This is probably a park, complete with boulders that are intended for climbing and hiking... if you don't mind walking over someone's face or hand.
8 Beam Us Up, Scotty
Some of the most popular 'strange' things found on Google Earth are that of agricultural fields or farms. This design definitely resembles something out of Signs, but we can't determine for sure if that's the case. It's definitely weird, but it's also obviously man-made.
7 The Devotion To The Occult Is Real
We're just kidding. This grass design is actually quite the opposite; it's a park in Kazakhstan. While it appears that the park is the only thing there, there are actually roads around the park that are simply hidden by trees, thus preventing them from showing up on the satellite view. Phew.
6 Solving A Mystery With Modern Technology
This is by far the most incredible story to accompany a strange Google Earth photo. The magnified visual of this underwater car was found by a resident of the area who had spotted something strange on Google Earth. After a call to police, a tragic mystery had finally found closure, as remains of a missing body were found inside.
5 Uh... Alfred Hitchcock Come To Life?
In all honesty, we have no idea what these people are doing with bird masks on their heads. If they needed birdseed, all they need to do is ask... There's no need to walk around with creepy aviaries on their heads. This is definitely a Google Street View favorite, even if it is like The Birds gone wild.
4 Google's Street View Isn't Much Less Creepy
These creepy mannequins have simply fallen into disuse but on Google Street View, they've fallen into our worst nightmares. The fact that they've just been tossed in haphazard positions makes the whole thing even worse, allowing us to imagine them coming to life after dark just to haunt us forever.
3 Random Acts Of Violence, Caught On Satellite
It's a crazy world out there, but it's made even crazier by people who decide to randomly throw full bottles of juice at people. This is insane for two reasons: For starters, this could really cause some damage to a person or vehicle. And secondly, this looks like a bottle of Gatorade, and that stuff isn't cheap.
2 We're Pretty Sure This Highway Doesn't Look Like That IRL
An ongoing joke about Satellite imaging is that nothing is ever kink-free, just like this highway, which appears to have plenty of kinks... literally. There's no highway on earth that would be functional at such an extreme angle, including this one. Roller coasters, yes, highway, not so much.
1 It's Still Unclear What This Arctic Bump Is
This photo can only be found on conspiracy and speculation sites and we have yet to discover the truth behind it. One person has guessed that it might be some sort of Arctic phenomenon or a buried airstrip, however, similar photos show other strange happenings in the extreme north. It's a mystery only satellites know the answer to.