Google Street View is weird

Google Street View in my Toronto neighbourhood is up, so I took a little time to browse around my house. It’s a bit weird seeing this stuff on the internet. For instance, here’s my old bike:

street view bike

And I think this is Mojo sitting in the left side of my bedroom window. I can’t tell, it might just be sun-dapples, but it kind of looks like his white chest fur, too.

street view cat

A Facebook friend pointed out this lucky shot of some kind of steam problem in a driveway back in my home-borough of Etobicoke. I wish I could have driven past and hollered, Hot enough for ya, guys? Ha ha ha not really I don’t like getting my ass kicked for being obnoxious.

robinglade google streetview fire

And this is not exactly “internet awesome” but it’s definitely interesting: the Google Street View truck drove by the home of creepy California pedophile Phillip Garrido (the one who kept Jaycee Lee Dugard in some tents in his backyard from 1991 until August 2009). It looks like Garrido saw the Google truck cruise by his house and then, presumably worried his crime might be discovered, he got in his truck and followed the Google vehicle around the corner. His slow-mo pursuit was captured in a series of images by the truck he was following, and archived on the Google Street View of his neighbourhood. Here’s a video walking you through the shots. I wonder how many crimes GSV has inadvertently recorded?

Thanks to Emmanuel, Yohan, and Metafilter for the tips.

UPDATE: That van in Etobicoke was actually on fire! And BlogTO has a great roundup of funny Google Street View pics from Toronto.

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4 Responses to Google Street View is weird

  1. loosefemme says:

    Why don’t we make a pact that we will moon the Google Street View truck every time it goes by? Imagine if everyone mooned the truck, and every Google Street View contained a shot of someone’s crack, giggles!

  2. autohand says:

    That van caught fire. 42 Robinglade Dr, Toronto, ON, Canada

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