Car with body inside, both missing since 2006, was visible on Google Maps

Employees at a Michigan funeral home were using a lift to decorate a tree for the holidays when they spotted the roof of a car in a nearby pond.

When authorities pulled the car from the pond, they found a person’s body inside the vehicle.

The body is believed to be that of Davie Lee Niles, who disappeared in 2006, according to WOOD-TV.

The submerged car is visible in satellite images found on Google Maps.

After five years, family members published an obituary for Niles.

“Davie Lee Niles, age 72, of Wyoming, passed away and only God knows the time and place,” the family wrote in his obituary. Family members said they are grateful Niles’ body has been found. (Source)


Today the Department of Miniature Marvels is delighting in an awesome new project by Google Maps (previously featured here). They traveled to Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway, located in Hamburg, Germany, and mapped it so that it can be explored on their Street View site.

“…to capture the nooks and crannies in Miniatur Wunderland, we worked with our partner at Ubilabs to build an entirely new—and much smaller—device. Tiny cameras were mounted on tiny vehicles that were able to drive the roads and over the train tracks, weaving through the Wunderland’s little worlds to capture their hidden treasures.

Populated by over 200,000 itty-bitty citizens, Miniatur Wunderland features 13,000 meters (42,650 feet) of track that travel through miniature replicas of German provinces, famous locations in the USA, and a fully functional airport.

Click here to learn more about this geektastic project and take your own virtual tour of Miniatur Wunderland, which now also contains a miniature Google Street View car that was created to commemorate collaboration.

[via Laughing Squid]

For over a decade, artist Ayano Tsukimi has been creating life-size dolls to represent the deceased residents of a small Japanese village. Today, the dolls outnumber the villagers 10 to 1.

Nagoro is a small village in Shikoku, Japan.

Resident and artist Ayano Tsukimi returned to the village after an 11-year absence only to discover that many of her old neighbors and friends had either moved or passed away.

The town population is also dying, and has dwindled down to about 35 people.

But there are over 350 doll-people living there.

They are taking over.

You can even see them on Google Maps.

Images via: TheVerge and ThisisColossal



Corpseburg is a fun zombie survival sim that uses Google Maps to allow you to try and survive a zombie apocalypse in your home town!

You are a lone survivor in a zombie apocalypse and must explore, scavenge, fight and fortify defenses against the ever present threat of the shambling undead.  The gameplay itself is a fairly simple, but fun survival game in which you must try to find weapons, food and medicine during the day, then fortify your position before resting up each night.

What makes Corpseburg stand out is it’s clever use of Google Maps that allows you to play anywhere in the world – including your own neighbourhood.  This also means that the businesses and buildings that you loot are the actual real life building – so you break into your local pharmacy or school and ransack the them.  It’s a nice touch that makes surviving the zombie apocalypse that little bit more personal!

Play The Full Game, Free (Browser)


Tired of waiting for Google’s fancy car to come map the roads on your remote island? Why not do it yourself? With sheep? 

According to Smithsonian, that’s the approach taken by Durita Dahl Andreassen (pictured above) who works for the tourism bureau of Denmark’s Faroe Islands. 

When Andreassen couldn’t find any images of the rugged, chilly island on Google street view, she decided to upload her own, using sheep, which roam freely on the island. She describes the idea in a video for the project, entitled Sheep View 360:

In the Faroe Islands there are twice as many sheep as people. And the Faroe Islands originally even means ‘the sheep islands.’ It is one of the only places on earth where they walk free in nature and they get all around the islands. I have put a 360 camera on the back of a sheep. It’s like street view, but with sheep.

Google seems to be OK with the idea. In fact, they actually encourage people to upload their own street view pictures. So, why not take an 80-second break and watch this video of a sheep making its way through the island’s beautiful landscape? 

(Image Credit: Visit Faroe Islands)