Mysterious gas/petrol station on Streetview!

GOOGLE MAPS is a useful tool for finding your way around. Whether you want to find the fastest route to work, or are exploring off the beaten track on holiday, these digital maps are on hand to help.

Every now and then, though, they reveal something mysterious such as this odd petrol station in the UK.

People are amazed that things like this can happen – but I’m not sure why. As an avid Google Maps fan, this is actually really common. Maybe I should start documenting more of this stuff?

Much like any other viewer, when first positioned outside of the garage he didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, however he points out something odd happens when you move just a few paces ahead.

“I noticed this garage change to 3 different colours,” he writes. Indeed, what begins as a green garage with white detailing suddenly transforms as the Street View camera edges closer towards it.

The blue rapidly transitions to yellow, and then again to red. Is there something magical about this colour-changing garage? So basically Esso to BP to JET. Big deal.

Users of the popular forum site were quick to quash any hopes of magic, instead pointing out that its probably more to do with a paint job and a difference in dates between the three pictures. These were taken with a Galaxy A70.

One user comments: “Looks like it changed owners a couple times in the last 9 years.”

Amazing! Not.

Google Maps Snowboard grows LEGS?!

Google Maps Streetview has captured what appears to a snowmobile that has grown a strange pair of legs. But is it all that it seems?

The image, snapped in Alaska, shows a pair of black-clad legs striding across the snow. But from the waist up, instead of a torso… there is a snowmobile seemingly sticking out from the top.

The two other people manning their snowmobiles either side of the bizarre sight don’t seem remotely intrigued by the oddity – so clearly there’s another explanation. The weird image is in fact the result of a technological glitch with the Google cameras.

An image shows just a pair of dismembered legs standing in the snow – no sign of a torso whatsoever – although also no snowmobile.

Of course, the legs aren’t from a murder scene at all and have a simple explanation – the recurring problem of Google camera glitches.

Utqiaġvik – also known as Barrow – is a city in Northern Alaska and has a strong history with whaling.

A whaling station was first established in 1889 and explorers, surveyors and scientists used it as a base of operations for mapping the Arctic coastline and carried out meteorological research.

Indeed hunting for whales, seals, walrus, caribou and ducks is still key for both traditional and economic reasons. Utqiaġvik is one of the largest Eskimo settlements in Alaska and the farthest-north community in the USA. It’s name was changed to Utqiaġvik from Barrow to reflect its Eskimo heritage and identity.

3 Facts you NEED to know:

  1. Utqiaġvik – in the local language – means “the place where we hunt snowy owls.”
  2. Archaeological evidence of human habitation dates all the way back to 800 AD.
  3. Utqiaġvik was recently spotted in California when a skater boy faced the opposite issue to this – he had a torso but no legs.

Google Maps Ratings Abuse – What Can You Do?

Getting barraged with bad reviews on a site such as TripAdvisor has become the bane of every restaurant owner’s existence – but the negative reviews culture has spread well beyond places to eat out.

Receiving a barrage of negative reviews on sites like TripAdvisor is a common occurrence for business owners in 2018, and the bane of many owner’s existence, but the reviewphile culture has now spread beyond restaurants & pubs in the UK….!

Google’s current choice to enable anybody to audit any business working on the planet has prompted UK courts and police headquarters confronting a whirlwind of surveys. The decision? Blended, without a doubt.

Would-be guests to the Thames officers court in east London – 1.8 ★ and 19 audits – are cautioned to “be careful with these justices and their counsels who withhold this information from the group to delude us”, are cautioned of “amateurish administration”, and told “they are all underqualified and futile, even the judges”.

Things deteriorate at Highbury judges court, with a 1.2 ★ normal and 45 audits that include: “My persevering duty is being spent on giving individuals sex changes and prematurely ending babies while law, access to equity and other fundamental segments of our popular government are perpetually being additionally dissolved”; and “Kafkaesque in the outrageous”. Stratford’s court midpoints only 1.4 ★, because of “inert and unhelpful” staff and “extremely poor” administration.

So what can be done?

Very little, unless you want to spend all day complaining to Google. It might be better to write your own positive reviews of your business – although this is against Google’s rules, so not something we recommend.

There is also the option to DISABLE reviews from showing on your Google Map script – if you are struggling with this then use our free tool, it only takes a few seconds.