Google Street View is an awesome tool, there's no denying that. You can use it to peek around a neighborhood you're thinking of moving to, or even find the exact building front where your friends said they'd meet you. In so many ways, it's helped to make getting lost a thing of the past. But, the same cameras that capture those helpful images have captured some pretty hilarious things too.
When you start to zoom in, ordinary images from Google Street View start to look a little bit sketchy - especially, when there are people or animals in view. Heads go missing. Limbs split off until one hand becomes two. And, friendly animals become two-headed monsters.
These images are the proof.
Pretty strange, right?
It happens because Google uses 360-degree cameras to capture panoramic views of places from around the world. When the images are combined, they create what's called "Photo spheres." It's these photo spheres that allow you to select a location on your map and see what it looks like in Street View. But, as these images are collected, another thing that happens is overlap. And that's when things start to look freaky.
Most of us don't even notice these odd images, because few of us zoom in that closely on the photos. But, digital artist Kyle F. Williams has been collecting these strange images for years. And some of the images in his collection are so distorted that they're almost disturbing.
Don't worry, though. These images aren't capturing snapshots of horrible crimes as they happen. They're just the natural product of images that are captured with a camera that's in motion. So, in a way, they're more like art. And that makes them pretty entertaining.