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Since its launch in 2007, Google Street View has given us freeze-frames of life around the world--the mundane, the funny, the strange (video), and of course, the disastrous.
As if playing a Web 2.0 version of the car game "punch bug," Web surfers find these gotcha moments and post them to fan sites for everyone to see.
We found 16 recent events that surely someone (or something) wishes had an undo button. Click the link to Google Maps to pan around the live images--that is, unless Google has beaten you to it and and has revised history with a clean version of the picture. Though Google is still embroiled in a data-collection dispute with several countries, its Street View teams continue to snap pictures in neighborhoods like yours.
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The moped wasn't as lucky as the driver.
One Person's Big Day, Another Person's Disaster
Charming Ranch With a View?
A lot of homebuyers use Google Street View to scope out neighborhoods where they might want to settle down. This dilapidated house located in the Turtle Mountain region of Manitoba, Canada flies straight past fixer-upper status and right into disaster territory.
Hate It When This Happens
Zut Alors! (Translation: Gosh Darn It!)
According to the "10 Most Confusing Accidents" on car enthusiast site Jalopnik, a smashed-up car brings out nine cops in Roncq, Nord, France. When you look at the crash site live on Boulevard d'Halluin in Google Maps, however, the authorities have since disappeared (click the right directional arrow three times to see the unlucky car).
Overturned on the Flattest Road in Utah
I Know It's a Double-Yellow Line, but...
The landscape in Central Shasta, California, United States where this shot was taken looks peaceful enough, but you still wouldn't want to leave your SUV parked sideways on it. One thing is for sure: The driver isn't going to go far on that front left tire.
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911 in New Jersey
This car collision on a dreary day in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, United States attracted the cops, an ambulance and, evidently, a rubbernecking Street View photographer.
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