Google Maps Snowboard grows LEGS?!

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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.

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