Google Maps: Just Awesome

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While you can use Google’s Street View technology in order to actually see a place of interest, there are times when people stumble upon hilarious things caught on the camera.

We’re sure that Google’s photographers have seen it all, but for those of us who can’t travel each and every road in the world, the list of funniest sight in Street View might make up the day.

Of course, Street View is not the only source of interesting, beautiful, and sometimes funny visuals. The same goes for Depositphotos.

With a collection of over 100+ million royalty-free stock photos and vector images, Depositphotos is one of the largest and most popular stock image websites on the internet.


Everything offered on the platform is high-quality and was created by professionals. And best of all, it can be used commercially, without any attribution.

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But if you aren’t such a fan of Depositphotos’ collection, there are always websites like Yay Images and Stock Unlimited which are equally as good.

Now back to our main topic!

Without any particular order, here are some of the funniest sights found on Google Maps today. If you have found any other funny street view, please share it with us in the comments below the article.

Strange bicyclist and his stuffed penguin:

If you put your virtual satellite over Perth in Australia and zoom in close enough one of its street next to the beach, quite a surprise awaits you. This guy is riding a strange bicycle and tows a fully clothed stuffed penguin (is that a penguin?) behind him. Make sure that you take a closer look at the image – the longer you stare, the funnier it gets.


Mutant lady:

One of the tallest skyscrapers in the world can be found in Dubai. Burj Khalifa is home to many visitors which can’t really know when a Google’s photographer might be around. If this lady knew what was happening, she wouldn’t move for few minutes because images put her together as some sort of a mutant you usually see on the big screen. Don’t laugh hard, it might have been you on the photo.

Freaky Man-Pigeons

Open your Google Maps and place yourself over Tokyo. If you keep on zooming, you might end up finding men and women dressed as pigeons. Unfortunately, this happened in 2013. Luckily, Google has implement Time Travel in Google Maps (LINK) so you can see those freaky Man-Pigeons staring you down the street. Is this funny or freaky?

Photobombing seagull:

If you travel back to Brighton, England in 2009, Google Maps might make you laugh one more time. While Google car was snapping images of the streets, several seagulls decide to flyby. One of the seagulls was cheeky enough to photobomb the driver in order to show his lunch.

Clone Army in IKEA

Sometimes, there’s a glitch found in the maps and a woman might turn out to be a mutant like in the view above. But sometimes, a photographer might take an advantage of Google Maps technology and create a clone army. This time, the later happened. Back in 2013, photographer Alexis Jemus decided to go in IKEA store in Montreal where he took multiple pictures of himself in different positions in the store. You can still open this Street View and see the photographer in different poses along the kitchen, the living room, and other store locations.

Mannequin pool party:

For this one, you will have to travel back to the year 2009. The coordinates will take you to Harcourt, Ontario where someone decided to throw a pool party for their mannequins. There appear to be two dolls soaking in the pool, one enjoying the sun on the fake skin while the third one looks like a pool guy. People are strange.

Furries in a bar:

For some images, you will have to explore a little bit more in detail. In this example, if you open up The Buzz Mill bar in Texas, everything seems to be normal. Tables are ready for customers and it seems that the bar is empty. But if you follow this adventure and you and click on the next room, you might find a surprise. The bar isn’t empty and there are four “Furries” sitting in the back. Were those guys just joking around, is that part of the lost bet or maybe a movie in the making, we’ll probably never know.

Divers on the street

While you won’t be able to notice any significant changes done to the street or building surrounding it, there’s an important change in traffic on this coordinates. If you open the location of Hordaland, a county in Norway, you will get a normal image of its streets. But if you travel back to 2009, you will find two fully equipped scuba divers marching down the street! It appears that they are chasing the Google car down the road; hopefully, there wasn’t a harpoon involved.

Low bridge, camera high:

Having a camera mounted on top of a car is definitely a good way of capturing images around cities. Well, most of the Street View images are taken with that kind of camera (see other Google vehicles). But if a driver doesn’t calculate the height of a bridge in time, Google camera can quite easily dismount. As an example, you can open images taken in 2009 on Merchant Street in Pittsburgh, Pa. After you open the map, follow the car under the bridge and watch how Street View changes the angle. The camera was corrected after that, but this funny moment became a part of the history.


When building a website, you often need to include a map to give people a better sense of direction. Google Maps is the most popular mapping service today and it offers a wide variety of tools and services that you can use.

In this tutorial we will show you how to easily add a map to your website and customize it using the gMaps.js library. It is a simple and easy to use library, that allows you to use the full potential of Google Maps without using large amount of code.

Project Overview

To demonstrate the usage of Google Maps, we have created a simple design using HTML and Bootstrap 4. You can check the image below for the final result.


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Our design consists of a Bootstrap row and two columns. In the left column we show the Google map and in the right column we have headings, with some text, font-awesome icons and a small image gallery.

Map Configuration

In order to use Google Maps, you need to import the gMaps.js library and the Google Maps API. It requires an API key, so if you already have one you can use it, otherwise you can go to this link to learn how to create one. When you have your key ready, simply replace the 'YOUR_API_KEY' part of the script.

Now we need to generate the map. We create a new map object and as parameters we set the selector ('#map'), and the latitude and longitude of the point we want to show on the map.

Next we need to add a marker on the map. To do so, use the addMarker() method with the latitude and longitude where you want to place it. We can also set the initial zoom at which the map is displayed using the setZoom() method with an integer number as parameter. The lower the number, the more 'zoomed in' the map is.

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The styles are located in a separate CSS file. Since we are using Bootstrap, most of the styling is done by the framework. We have added some margin and padding tweaks, font colors and box-shadows.

Google Maps in Bootstrap Studio

The Bootstrap Studio app offers a fast and easy way to configure Google Maps without having to write a single line of code. You can find detailed instructions on how to add Google Maps in your projects in the Bootstrap studio tutorials section.


You can get the full source code for this tutorial, from the Download button near the top of the page. You are free to customize and use it in all your projects, for commercial or personal use, no attribution required (our license).

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