SLIDESHOW: The strangest sights in Google Earth

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.

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Since [[xref:|Google Earth debuted in 2005]], the satellite images accessible through the mapping software have gotten sharper. Sometimes you can be caught off guard by stunningly crisp images of random things. Here is an image of a park in Sebastopol, California, where people are lounging on the grass and others are lining up for lunch (38°24'40.50"N, 122°50'25.42"W) ([[xref:,+122%C2%B050%2725.42%22W&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=%2B38%C2%B0+24%27+40.50%22,+-122%C2%B0+50%27+25.42%22&gl=us&ei=P9nZS8q4PJKI8wTW3JRH&ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA&ll=38.411257,-122.840405&spn=0.000523,0.001206&t=h&z=2|see it on Google Maps]]; to see this image on the resulting map, move the slider bar all the way to the highest magnification, next to the + label). What gives? According to unconfirmed reports, this is a meeting of [[xref:|Foo Camp]], an annual hacker conference sponsored by O'Reilly Media. Another seemingly random high-resolution image captures a lonely Land Rover driving through a Moroccan desert (27°56'25.44"N, 12°17'28.15"W). Other spectacular high-resolution images, like these pyramids located outside of Cairo, Egypt (29°58'44.64"N, 31° 7'54.60"E) ([[xref:,+31%C2%B0+7%2754.60%22E&sll=12.371233,23.32243&sspn=0.010438,0.01929&gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=29.979872,31.133645&spn=0.004628,0.009645&t=h&z=17|See it on Google Maps]]), don't leave you wondering, "What's the story behind this image?"

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