Google Blogoscoped


Bug on Google Maps  (View post)

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, September 28, 2006
18 years ago5,031 views

Help! We need Starship Troopers! It's a bug invasion, they want to conquer Germany. Oh no! There is one, it's huge, oh no, ... run! ... aaargh! (...)

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #


I wonder if there was a bug on the lens, or if the originals aren't digital so someone's scanned slides / pictures and the bug was on the scanner...

Seems too 'small' to be on the lens, seems more likely to be from a scanner.

William [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

Yes, it is on the lens. More info at this recent Google Sightseeing post from a couple of days ago:

Ken Kuhl [PersonRank 7]

18 years ago #

If it were on the camera lens it would have appeared in more than just one photo. I think this explanation from the Keyhole BBS sounds reasonable:

"It looks like a thrip, a very small (1mm or so) insect. The size might explain how it got involved in the printing process. The brown glob at the posterior end is bug poop, forced out of the poor critter as it got squished between a glass plate and the film during the scanning process."

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

William is absolutely right : Google SightSeeing posted that some days ago (and zorgloob too by the way ^^)

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Come on guys, bugs that are squashed by glass don't ooze that way. Try it!

My guess is that the bug was moving in the same direction as the scanning process as the scanner imaged its posterior. Then the bug stopped moving, and the scanner imaged the rest of it.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

"It's not a bug, it's a feature."

And here's what I consider the funniest image relating to it:

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #


TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Good joke Roger :)

walweb [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

Searching for bugs by address?

Try "Picsfromspace, lookup your place by address" at "".
For this bugs address fill in:
address=Ledergasse 11

Bug in upperleft corner!

Forum home


Blog  |  Forum     more >> Archive | Feed | Google's blogs | About


This site unofficially covers Google™ and more with some rights reserved. Join our forum!