Don't Look Now! Here Comes the Google Street View Mobile
Google's Street View service is a handy mapping tool but also a source of great amusement when it comes to exploring both strange and mysterious moments caught in the crosshairs of Google's Street View camera.
While PCWorld has explored everything from the odd to the unexplained, it hasn't shined a spotlight on those that enjoy messing with Google's all-seeing Street View camera when it passes by. Here is a collection of some very self-conscious people who were aware of the Google Street View camera's presence and who decided to do something crazy or stupid and definitely memorable.
Note: Google Street View updates imagery on a regular basis around the world, and some images referred to in this slideshow may not be available in the form displayed. Also, for some of the location links a Google account may be necessary for the image to appear properly.
Street View Flasher
It may not be Bourbon Street, but that didn't stop this young Illinois woman from showing the Google Street View car some spring break spirit.
Coke vs. Pepsi
It's not a David Blaine stunt, but it's mind-numbing: Going down Street View on 3800 Rue Ontario, Montreal, Canada, the blue-and-white Pepsi truck morphs into a red-and-white Coca-Cola truck. Have Coca Cola and Pepsi taken their competition to Street View? It might be just a case of the photos being taken on different days, according to Search Engine Land.
Google Gets the One-Finger Salute
A resident of rural England has strong feelings towards Google's Street View cameras, and he's not afraid to show it. Finger-pointing at the Street View cars is not an isolated phenomenon, though--Michael Wolf has put together an entire collection of such occurrences.
A Street With a View
The residents of 8 Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have staged an art project to bring fantastic scenes to Google Street View. Participants from around the city staged scenes ranging from a parade, a garage-band practice session, a seventeenth-century sword fight, a marathon, a heroic rescue, and more. The Street View project was named aptly A Street With a View.
Superheroes Head North
Losing Your Pants Over Google
A group of Germans unhappy with Street View's arrival in their country banded together to execute an elaborate prank in which they were stalking and ambushing the Street View car, shouting "f*#k Google," showing the middle finger, and walking pant-less. They have the whole thing on video. A year later, their efforts came to fruition, as Google Street View gave up on Germany.
Can You Hear Me Now?
New Yorkers don't just burst out into song, as some musicals might make you believe. This man thought he should strike a memorable pose for the Street View cars to immortalize the moment.
Double Exposure Street View
A Googler's Marriage Proposal
Giving Birth to a Fake Street View
A German advertising agency staged a live birth outside its offices, and according to Sky News, took a picture edited to look like a Street View shot. Though more a case of messing with Google than with Street View cameras, the point of the stunt was to highlight privacy issues before Street View was introduced in Germany.