Weirdness

Longest Place Names

“Can’t we just go to Å1?” may be the cry of tourists visiting some of these locations with the longest place names in the world. The north island of New Zealand is home to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki- maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Generally called Taumata, the…

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Thursday, 13th November 2008

Salt Lake Weirdness

There are lots of interesting and weird things to notice around Great Salt Lake, the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere. First up, the western shore of the lake houses something that appears to belong in a ‘Trivial Pursuit…

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Monday, 10th November 2008

Ettlrad

What is going on here in Grevenbroich, Germany? This shadow appears to be large human heads on a wheel. It is actually a steel sculpture by George Ettl, entitled Ettlrad, a play on the German word, Schaufelrad, or paddlewheel. According…

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Thursday, 6th November 2008

Street With a View

The residents of Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have gone all out to welcome the visiting Google Street View car. Firstly, they’ve brought in a marching band for the occasion! Once the band get out the way, we can see that…

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Wednesday, 5th November 2008

Giant Lint Attack!

Head for the hills people! This enormous piece of thread is headed for the highway with murderous intent! Whilst giant lint1 hasn’t had a history of going postal and engaging in psychopathic killing sprees (lint usually leaves that to the…

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Tuesday, 28th October 2008

Bulford Kiwi

Kiwis in England? No, just a large carving of one cut out of this chalk hillside on the slope of Beacon Hill, Wiltshire. The kiwi was created in 1919 by the New Zealand soldiers who stayed here awaiting ships to…

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Monday, 20th October 2008

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Hurtigruten (The Express Route)

Here at Google Sightseeing we love a chance to create a post about the scenic wonders of Norway1. Today we…

Street View Competitors, Part 1

Google Street View may be ever-expanding in its reach, but it’s still a long way from covering the entire world. There are numerous services that not only offer their own street-level imagery but have beaten Google to the punch in numerous cities around the globe. That got us wondering just what we’re missing from other sites over here at Google Sightseeing, so join us as we take a two-part tour of street-level imagery in places Street View hasn’t reached yet!

Midway Atoll

Known as site of one of the most pivotal naval battles in history, today Midway Atoll strikes an odd balance between its military past and its tropical paradise locale. It’s also one of the most remote places ever visited by Google Street View.

Recent Comments

  1. Jel: And that’s not to mention the Dutch 11-towns race, when and if it gets cold enough – nigh on 200km....
  2. Andrew Thielmann: Not longest skating anymore: the skating trail on the lake in Invermere (lat/lng:50.493583,...
  3. Allaiyah Weyn: Close to Santa Laura is what looks like a big bloody mess. I wonder what all the red stuff is. The van...
  4. Allaiyah Weyn: I wish I could visit all the ghost towns of the world on Google Earth. Sadly, the van usually passes...
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