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Gravy Jones
Sep 13, 2003

I am not on your side


Checking the streetview of a themepark we're taking the kid to this weekend and this use of facial blurring technology amused me: http://g.co/maps/p8wps

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Fermunky
May 30, 2003

The monkey is NOT impressed...

Although this thread has probably had other examples that I simply missed, I had no idea street view was available in places like that, where I guess someone just walked around the place with the cameras?

Edit: Just realized they blurred the face of the statue... that is hilarious.

Fermunky fucked around with this message at 16:40 on Dec 1, 2011

ExplodingSquidx2
Oct 20, 2010

That's a DAMN fine cup of coffee.

11b1p posted:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=941+H...ved=0CCAQ8gEwAA You have to click on street view but you will be facing right at the crime scene.

Found some interesting stains on the ground probably due to this guy.
http://a056-crimestoppers.nyc.gov/crimestoppers/public/publicmwViewfelon.cfm?mwID=495

They didn't blurr out the number plate on the white car in that shot either.

Slugworth
Feb 18, 2001

If two grown men can't make a pervert happy for a few minutes in order to watch a film about zombies, then maybe we should all just move to Iran!


Fermunky posted:

Although this thread has probably had other examples that I simply missed, I had no idea street view was available in places like that, where I guess someone just walked around the place with the cameras?

Edit: Just realized they blurred the face of the statue... that is hilarious.
They have a bike with a little camera trailer on it. The Brookfield Zoo in Illinois was recently mapped out by it

Moey
Oct 22, 2010

I LIKE TO MOVE IT


Fermunky posted:

Although this thread has probably had other examples that I simply missed, I had no idea street view was available in places like that, where I guess someone just walked around the place with the cameras?

I never realized this either. For a second I was imagining the street view van driving through there.

GWBBQ
Jan 2, 2005




http://g.co/maps/vyjad

http://i.imgur.com/yUNaV.jpg

That circle is a fence enclosing an area over a mile wide.

From 1958 to 1971, the area inside that fence was a test site known as the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory. On the original plans, it's identified as a "Lethal Fence," meaning deadly force was authorized if anyone crossed it. In the middle of that fenced off area was a 10 megawatt nuclear reactor with no shielding that was used to irradiate military equipment to test the feasibility of building nuclear-powered aircraft, and later to irradiate building materials and surrounding wildlife to determine what to expect and how to rebuild after a nuclear war.

The reactor was held in a pit where you now see a big patch of green grass. It was surrounded by a railroad loop, and rail cars of material were parked at various distances from the pit. Warning sirens would alert personnel to retreat to the large underground complex and the reactor would be hoisted out of the pit and run suspended in the air, usually for minutes or hours, but on several occasions extended runs lasting days were carried out.

Other remaining parts of the site are hot cell building where research on irradiated materials was done, and cooling-off area where rail cars of irradiated material were left to sit for a few days after being irradiated to reduce exposure of personnel to radiation. Both are fenced in and off-limits because radiation levels are elevated, although they're currently only slightly above background level.. The hot cell isn't going anywhere because its walls are 4 feet thick steel-reinforced concrete and it's a lot safer to leave it in one piece .

The underground complex is flooded and entrances are buried under huge piles of dirt, but people have dug them out and explored on many occasions.

veni veni veni
Jun 5, 2005

2 fast 2 Hanwei Practical XL Katana Unveiling


Gravy Jones posted:

Checking the streetview of a themepark we're taking the kid to this weekend and this use of facial blurring technology amused me: http://g.co/maps/p8wps

Haha that is awesome. Does it just detect a face and blur it automatically?

Lord Solitare
Feb 9, 2010

by Ozmaugh


NESguerilla posted:

Haha that is awesome. Does it just detect a face and blur it automatically?

Yes. Same with license plates too.

sigher
Apr 22, 2008

Touch Fuzzy, get Spooky


GWBBQ posted:

The underground complex is flooded and entrances are buried under huge piles of dirt, but people have dug them out and explored on many occasions.

How radiated is the place, and I assume exploring it is still trespassing?

Centripetal Horse
Nov 22, 2009

Fuck money, get GBS

This could have bought you a half a tank of gas, lmfao -
Love, gromdul


rcman50166 posted:

It's too bad. That looks like it could have been a nice amusement park. I have been to both Cedar Point and King's Island, I probably would have gone there too if it didn't close.

Did the lake feature rides or was open to swim in, cause that would be cool too.

Geauga Lake was a great park in many ways. It didn't have the same caliber or number of coasters as Cedar Point, but it had shorter lines and was like a 15-20 minute drive from many of the suburbs. One thing that was kind of awesome about Geauga Lake is that it was practically in the middle of a residential neighborhood. You'd be driving along this nice, wooded street, come around a corner, and - BAM - rollercoaster looming over your car.

The Cleveland area / Northeast Ohio must hold some kind of record for abandoned amusement parks. See also: Euclid Beach Park. For a really great documentary on a local landmark, one that you can enjoy even if you didn't grow up around the park, watch Euclid Beach Park is Closed for the Season, although I don't know how easy it is to find.

Country_Blumpkin
Aug 6, 2011



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Country_Blumpkin fucked around with this message at 21:36 on Dec 3, 2012

HDeckard
Feb 19, 2010


Weird street layout and interesting choice of names at 39.997194,-76.829066. This is just a stone's throw from where I lived as a teenager (I grew up near Pine Grove Furnace [40.035895,-77.307529]).

Dagen H
Mar 19, 2009

Hogertrafikomlaggningen


Snoop Rocket posted:

When I lived at Fort Leavenworth as a kid, there was this creepy cool place in the woods my friends and I went to. It had a couple concrete buildings, an observation tower/platform and some pillbox looking things sticking up out of the dirt, with some cut wires and poo poo sticking out of pipes.It had a fence around it, but it had long been pulled apart by other explorers.

Everyone called it the "Nike site" without knowing why, but later on we found out it was because it had formerly been a launching pad for Nike missiles during the Cold War.

There was zero security and we hung out there any chance we got.

Still can't find it on Google Earth though :(

From Wikipedia:

quote:

Control Site condition/owner

Redeveloped. Single family home. Large wooded area around home, appears to be totally redeveloped with no evidence of IFC, although may be parts of the facility in the woods to the southwest of the house.
39°20′29″N 094°57′04″W

Launch Site condition/owner

Mix of new and old buildings. Currently used as the Rod & Gun Club and the 35th Infantry Division (Mech) motor pool/maintenance facility. The vehicle park is on top of the three magazines. Large number of cars, boats, large RVs. Doors probably welded shut.
39°21′42″N 094°56′24″W

GWBBQ
Jan 2, 2005




Liku posted:

How radiated is the place, and I assume exploring it is still trespassing?
Outside is just above background levels, inside the hot cell is "only spend a few minutes inside" radioactive, and there are rumors of highly radioactive stuff buried at the cool-down site.

Aside from the hot cell and cool down area, it's all public space. It's used year-round for horse trails, off-road bikers, and hiking. Wear a blaze orange vest if you go during hunting season. All entrances to anything underground are buried, but the slabs you see are a mix of foundations, loading docks, and roofs of underground buildings.. There was someone on an urban exploration forum who dug out the tunnel that led to the reactor site over the course of a week and took pictures, but that was years ago and it's widely reported that authorities actively look for people discussing exploring the off-limit areas online. Most people who cory to explore and are caught are just thrown out, but there are older reports of being arrested or told to leave.

If you're considering going there, know that the remains of the underground complex are flooded and there is no public report of radiation levels inside. I think the pump house on the pond east of the hot cell is still standing and is part of the publicly accessible area. The hot cell is fenced off and the windows and doors are heavily reinforced.

the kawaiiest
Dec 22, 2010

Uguuuu ~


Well, this isn't a strange or funny thing, but I thought I'd post it anyway: Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan. You can still see a lot of tsunami damage. Google says the photos are from September 2011, a full 6 months after the quake.

I hope it's looking better now. :(

Edit: Minamisanriku. Christ. :smith:

the kawaiiest fucked around with this message at 18:32 on Jan 1, 2012

SybilVimes
Oct 29, 2011


the kawaiiest posted:

Well, this isn't a strange or funny thing, but I thought I'd post it anyway: Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan. You can still see a lot of tsunami damage. Google says the photos are from September 2011, a full 6 months after the quake.

I hope it's looking better now. :(

Edit: Minamisanriku. Christ. :smith:

Looks to me that those two buildings on the south side of the road are scheduled to be torn down, rather than try to repair them, both are being stripped internally, and have big red X's painted on them. The building to the north of that posiition looks to be actively repaired at the time that the photo was taken, and going further into the built up section to the west, the buildings look to be in pretty good shape, so are likely less damaged, or simply have already been fixed up.

Three-Phase
Aug 5, 2006

by zen death robot


GWBBQ posted:

http://g.co/maps/vyjad

http://i.imgur.com/yUNaV.jpg

That circle is a fence enclosing an area over a mile wide.
:words:

Wow. That is absolutely amazing.

e.pilot
Nov 20, 2011

MR.FUSION
#TEAMTRASHMILES



A few things I know of.


Aral sea out in the Kazakstan/Uzbekistan

http://g.co/maps/seymj

Interesting to read about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aral_sea


A chunk of abandoned expressway in Tulsa
http://g.co/maps/avqsx

Just north of that is the Catoosa Seaport, the furthest inland seaport in the US.
http://g.co/maps/yqh7s

Abandoned neighborhood that was bought up by the base just to the south after a couple of plane crashes, they use it for military training and stuff now.
http://g.co/maps/nm2kj

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


There is another section of abandoned freeway in Burlington, VT:

http://g.co/maps/djdqf

(it's the part of 189 that's west of rt7, you can see the jersey barriers blocking it off where the last exit of 189 goes onto rt7)

Also, there is an abandoned railroad that goes within 150 feet of my house. It was originally going to run from Providence RI all the way to Palmer MA. Some of the spoil from one of the hillside cuts is piled on the land immediately to the other side of my back fence.

LTBS
Oct 9, 2003

Big Pimpin, Spending the G's

This might've been posted, but here it is again if it was.

Kevin Harvick is a NASCAR driver and he lives in North Carolina (as do a lot of other drivers).

He has a huge house, but what is awesome is what is a bit to the right of his house.

He and his neighbor share a banked turn gokart track with NASCAR lighting.

Fermunky
May 30, 2003

The monkey is NOT impressed...

I cannot find any info on this

http://maps.google.com/?ll=27.655891,-82.683563&spn=0.000731,0.001206&hnear=St+Petersburg,+Florida+33716&t=h&z=20&vpsrc=6

I went by it in a boat a few weeks ago. It is clearly a ship wreck, wooden everything, when at water level.

misplaced axon
Sep 23, 2009


There's also an abandoned section of the PA Turnpike, including two tunnels. It wasn't economical to widen the tunnels so they just rerouted the road and left them there. Bring your flashlight, a mile long tunnel is very dark in the middle.

http://g.co/maps/573hk

Lord Purple
Mar 7, 2006

Remove your eyes...

I found a plane in mid-flight looking around Chicago. I am surprised there aren't more of these in google maps considering the amount of air traffic every day. The iridescent effect is probably the more interesting thing about this. My guess it is caused by the speed at which it is flying.

Sir Cornelius
Oct 30, 2011


Fermunky posted:

I cannot find any info on this

http://maps.google.com/?ll=27.655891,-82.683563&spn=0.000731,0.001206&hnear=St+Petersburg,+Florida+33716&t=h&z=20&vpsrc=6

I went by it in a boat a few weeks ago. It is clearly a ship wreck, wooden everything, when at water level.

Unsure, but USCGC Blackthorn should be located in that area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Blackthorn_%28WLB-391%29

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


yeah, I'd bet the satellite that took that picture takes its blue image, then its green image, then its red image. So each time the next color was being sampled, the plane had moved a little further forward.

Slo-Tek
Jun 8, 2001

WINDOWS 98 BEAT HIS FRIEND WITH A SHOVEL

This was interesting. These aren't exactly X-37 airforce space planes, but they are pretty drat close. Possibly glide test models, or static mockups banged together out of plywood.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=mojav...fornia&t=h&z=20

Apparently it is these
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_Sciences_X-34

Slo-Tek fucked around with this message at 22:17 on Jan 3, 2012

Fermunky
May 30, 2003

The monkey is NOT impressed...

Sir Cornelius posted:

Unsure, but USCGC Blackthorn should be located in that area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Blackthorn_%28WLB-391%29

That was my initial thought, but that is not an area a giant tanker (the Capricorn) would have likely been at. Also, as mentioned, the structure is completely wooden.

SybilVimes
Oct 29, 2011


Sir Cornelius posted:

Unsure, but USCGC Blackthorn should be located in that area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Blackthorn_%28WLB-391%29

Blackthorn was apparently towed 20 miles offshore to an artificial reef location, so I don't think it's that, besides, photos here:

http://exploringtampabay.com/listing/160/dive-spot---blackthorn

Present a wreck that doesn't match that aerial image at all (completely submerged, largely metal, and not upright enough).

e: a photo of the wreck in question, but no name yet:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennisadair/5897423921/

e #2:

Looking at it again, it actually looks like heavily rusted metal, not wood, but I suspect it's not actually a shipwreck, but a span of the old sunshine skyway bridge from when it collapsed after being hit by the Summit Venture just months after the Blackthorn collision.

A photo of the bridge just after collapse, showing the span that came down, partially submerged:

http://www2.tbo.com/news/columns/2010/may/07/old-sunshine-skyway-bridge-collapsed-30-years-ago-ar-44937/

SybilVimes fucked around with this message at 23:55 on Jan 3, 2012

Scathach
Apr 4, 2011

You know that thing where you sleep on your arm funny and when you wake up it's all numb? Yeah that's my whole world right now.




Shnakepup posted:

I have family in Phoenix that I visit often. Way out west, near the city of Goodyear, is an abandoned racing hall thing that we drive past occasionally:


My husband and I explored the trotting track twice. Very awesome place, still structurally sound. It's very easy to explore... you just have to watch out for the open elevator shafts and little bars that might trip you. There are a lot of bats, owls, and other things living in there now. Also the tales of a guy on a golf cart "caretaker" hanging out are true. We're sure he saw us, but for some reason he never called the cops. It's a decently spooky place, going just before dawn is about the best time. Flash lights are absolutely necessary even with the lights shining off the prison across the highway.

It was built by a man in the 60's to be a horse and dog track, but it ended up pretty much bankrupting him, and since it was in the middle of nowhere back then and had a dirt parking lot (think monsoons and mud) it only lasted about two years. After that it was used for a swap meet, for a circus, and a Charlie Sheen movie where they blasted out most of the track-side windows. After lawsuits about pigeons being killed the owners decided to lock it up and not let people use it for anything anymore.

Here's my Flickr for some quick pics of the inside. http://www.flickr.com/photos/37613244@N06/ I have hundreds more but haven't had a chance to upload them. There is a new part of the highway going up, the story was that they were going to knock it down, but I don't think so. I'd love to see someone buy it and turn it into something awesome. The bones are certainly there.

Niwrad
Jul 1, 2008



Is there a way to get on those abandoned roads and just drive? Think that would be something I would have done in high school for fun.

Fermunky
May 30, 2003

The monkey is NOT impressed...

SybilVimes posted:

Looking at it again, it actually looks like heavily rusted metal, not wood, but I suspect it's not actually a shipwreck, but a span of the old sunshine skyway bridge from when it collapsed after being hit by the Summit Venture just months after the Blackthorn collision.

A photo of the bridge just after collapse, showing the span that came down, partially submerged:

http://www2.tbo.com/news/columns/2010/may/07/old-sunshine-skyway-bridge-collapsed-30-years-ago-ar-44937/

Perhaps you're right about it being rusted metal, I did only see if from our boat about maybe 300-400 feet away. However, I do not think it is part of the old bridge. If you go to the SE a little bit, you'll see the fishing pier sticking out to the South/West of the current bridge. The fishing piers at both ends of the current bridge use to be the beginnings of the old bridge, which is a bit far away from the item I am posting about. Also, nice find on the Flickr photo. However, I may need to make another trip out on my friend's boat to get more photos. When you get a better view of it, it certainly looks like boat wreckage.

RC and Moon Pie
May 5, 2011



It may be my eyes playing tricks on me, but I want to think this is part of an abandoned road under the waters and amid the shores of Lake Chatuge, which was created in the 1940s. If it is, I think it's long-dead GA 69, though the linked website thinks it was a few streets over.

Mr. Sharps
Jul 30, 2006

The only true law is that which leads to freedom. There is no other.





RC and Moon Pie posted:

It may be my eyes playing tricks on me, but I want to think this is part of an abandoned road under the waters and amid the shores of Lake Chatuge, which was created in the 1940s. If it is, I think it's long-dead GA 69, though the linked website thinks it was a few streets over.

With the way the forest is cut and all that looks more like high tension power lines to me. There's another spot where they cross the water to the north and it's easier to make out the wires.

Fermunky
May 30, 2003

The monkey is NOT impressed...

To the south, the path goes to a power substation, if thats what they're called...

Date with Ikea
Dec 1, 2005


I realize that I'm a couple years late in posting this, but Google Street View caught former road cycling world champion (and, at the time, Belgian national champion; note the black/yellow/red jersey) Tom Boonen outside the apartment of fellow cyclist Johan Vansummeren:

http://road.cc/content/news/48221-tom-boonen-joins-roadcc-users-popping-google-streetview

Most probably won't recognize the name, but apparently he's a pretty big deal in Belgium.

TampaTango
Apr 12, 2007

COMICS CRIMINAL


Fermunky posted:

Perhaps you're right about it being rusted metal, I did only see if from our boat about maybe 300-400 feet away. However, I do not think it is part of the old bridge. If you go to the SE a little bit, you'll see the fishing pier sticking out to the South/West of the current bridge. The fishing piers at both ends of the current bridge use to be the beginnings of the old bridge, which is a bit far away from the item I am posting about. Also, nice find on the Flickr photo. However, I may need to make another trip out on my friend's boat to get more photos. When you get a better view of it, it certainly looks like boat wreckage.

There are a lot of barges out there, the Egmont Key base was abandoned due to erosion, and some tanks floated away. I can ask some old salts what that is.

Fermunky
May 30, 2003

The monkey is NOT impressed...

This makes a little more sense. Don't know if I mentiond it, but we put in at Ft de Soto just to the west of there, so that would also make sense. Coincidentally, we were trying to get to Egmont Key this day, but 8 foot seas in a ~15 foot bowrider was not very fun.

TampaTango
Apr 12, 2007

COMICS CRIMINAL


Fermunky posted:

This makes a little more sense. Don't know if I mentiond it, but we put in at Ft de Soto just to the west of there, so that would also make sense. Coincidentally, we were trying to get to Egmont Key this day, but 8 foot seas in a ~15 foot bowrider was not very fun.

I asked around, its been there for years only known as the mullet key shoal wreck. Its on the chart, as a hazard to navigation.

I did see a reference to the "John Smart" of Tampa a schooner from 1900 wrecked on that shoal.

Shipwrecks of Florida: A Comprehensive Listing By Steven D. Singer posted:

John Smart— Schooner, of Tampa, 17 tons, built in 1887, Captan Dolphin, wrecked on Mullet Key Shoal while fishing, Oct. 3,
1900, approximately 1-1/2 miles northwest of Egmont Key Light. A total loss.

The wreck is 1 1/2 miles Northwest of the old defunct Mullet Key Shoal Light. The whole shoal is more than five miles from the Egmont light house.

Incident Number
Nov 22, 2011

by T. Fine


TampaTango posted:

I asked around, its been there for years only known as the mullet key shoal wreck. Its on the chart, as a hazard to navigation.

I did see a reference to the "John Smart" of Tampa a schooner from 1900 wrecked on that shoal.


The wreck is 1 1/2 miles Northwest of the old defunct Mullet Key Shoal Light. The whole shoal is more than five miles from the Egmont light house.

Did they ever operate refurbished WW2 subs out of there after the war? If so it could be an old dock that they towed away and scuttled. The place I grew up in used to have one in the harbour until they tore it apart.

E: Like a floating drydock. You would sink it and the sub would sail in and they would float it and work on the sub. The one there was from the war but it looks similar, right dimensions considering the boat next to it too.

Incident Number fucked around with this message at 05:40 on Jan 6, 2012

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Palpek
Dec 27, 2008


Do you feel it, Zach?
My coffee warned me about it.




A friend of mine used to work on the design team of Chicago Spire - a quite well known project of a skyscraper which got cancelled mainly due to financial crysis hitting US. It's a known story but I decided to look for the site in Google Maps as I knew that shortly before cancelling the foundation has been completed. Holy crap it's an interesting view.



The design:



I'm curious what they are going to do with a site like that.

I guess filling the whole alone would cost millions, could another building use the structure somehow or will it be forever dead? Also a location like this must be extremely expensive and the owner would probably hold to it as long as possible.

That housing project next to a giant skyscraper/giant hole in the ground must be also fun.

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