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)

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


Halfway through your walk to school, a wild Charmander appears. Just a few throws of a Pokéball, and it could be yours. Will you stop to catch it?

Nintendo is betting you will. Not just that, they’re betting that you’ve waited most of your life to see a Pokémon in the real world.

Pokémon Go — the upcoming iOS and Android app from Nintendo, The Pokémon Co., and developer Niantic Labs — promises to let anyone with a smart phone “find” and train the diverse creatures of Pokémon all around them.

For aspiring Trainers, it could be an entirely new way to interact with a now 20-year-old franchise.

To Be The Very Best: Pokémon Enters Into Augmented Reality

Image: Courtesy of Niantic Labs


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.

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No, Google Says, It Did Not Delete ‘Palestine’ From Its Maps
There is a social media storm of outrage about the removal of a “Palestine” label, but Google says the label was not there in the first place.
By Liam Stack

Google did not remove Palestine from Google Maps.  The Forum of Palestinian Journalists and other people and organizations (such as JVP, who have tweeted a clearly fake photo where Palestine is not even in the same font as the rest of the Google Maps countries) who have supported this are misleading people in having stated that Google is trying to erase Palestine and they are doing it intentionally.  In a petition, it was claimed:  

“The fact that Google’s two Jewish founders have close links with Israel and its leaders might have had some bearing on their willingness to acquiesce to Israel’s demands.”

Not only is this categorically false, but it is also incredibly antisemitic.  The people who made this petition have regurgitated two antisemitic conspiracy theories without a shred of evidence to support their claims; the first one being that all powerful Jewish people are in collusion with each other in our control over the world and global economy and the second that Jewish people - even in the diaspora - do not have any agency of our own because all we can do or think about is Israel.

Do not sign the petition.  Do not reblog the petition uncritically.  If you do either, you are promoting antisemitism.


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!

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