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The 16 strangest sights in Google Earth

Google Earth shows us some unexpected pictures

Mapping software Google Earth turns the planet into a massive scavenger hunt for weird, wacky, and the unexplained. Here are a few of the things that keep us scratching our heads.

One square mile of 'Cowboy Country'

The artist Ando doesn't just think big - he thinks humongous. Using one square mile of Australian Outback as his canvas, Ando 'painted' a picture of a cowboy into the landscape. Called Mundi Man or Eldee Man, it is located on the Mundi Plains in Australia (31°40'37.11"S, 141°14'23.68"E) and is meant to represent the people who pioneered in the region. The image here has been colour-adjusted for clarity. And could this be the cowboy's footprint (51.294076,-1.534722) or his thumbprint (50.844,-0.172043)?

Planes, jets and missiles

Whether parked, crashed, or flying, planes are among the most sought-after and collected finds in Google Earth. Here is the mammoth plane graveyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (32° 9'1.75"N, 110°49'56.57"W) in Tucson, Arizona. You might ask, why should a good plane go to waste? Some people agree with you - like these people (45°24'28.71"N, 123° 0'28.23"W) who live in Washington state and couldn't bear to see perfectly good Boeing 727 go to waste: They made a home out of it.

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  1. Strange sights
  2. One square mile of 'Cowboy Country'
  3. One nation under chicken
  4. Car tipping
  5. Satellite tourist
  6. Out-of-this-world art
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