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Google Street View Has Accidentally Captured Some Amazing Photos

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Apr. 7 2021, Updated 3:22 p.m. ET

Google Street view is an amazing tool for revisiting past addresses, scoping out an area before a vacation, or just trying to get a better understanding of a neighborhood you may or may not be moving into.

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It's also a treasure trove of accidentally amazing photos, each one with their own stories behind them.

Like this one woman who accidentally stumbled upon a picture of her dearly departed mother.

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Denise Underhill, from Florida, was taking a trip down memory lane and looked up her old neighborhood on Google Street View. What she saw shocked her and left her feeling all kinds of emotional: a photo that one of the Mountain View tech giant's street cars happened to take of her mother while it was driving past her home.

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What prompted Underhill to look up her old home on Google is where the story gets pretty freaky: She was feeling super nostalgic and thinking about her mother that day. So she decided to take a peak at her old house and was presented with a candid image of her mom watering her plants. 

"You never know what photos are being taken, but they do last a lifetime," Underhill told Digital Trends.
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A touching story, especially considering how much Underhill misses her mother. It sounds like seeing her pop up unexpectedly in Google's cameras made her day.

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But there are accidental Google Street View captures that are definitely on the more light-hearted side.

Like this time one of their cars caught a classic saran-wrap-around-the-car prank in action.

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Or this dude who isn't a fan of getting his picture taken, or navigation software in general, it seems.

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There's this amazing photo that defies explanation.

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And this person who likes to show off for the camera. Good thing they're wearing a helmet.

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Hiccups in Google's 360 camera technology can lead to some hilarious results, too, like this snowmobile-centaur.

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Or this 'Abbey Road'/'Multiplicity' mashup.

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Ghost-head beach boy is another unfortunate casualty of Google's weird image captures.

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There's this haunting image of a fading skaterboy who got trapped in pavement. Legend says you can hear his cries for help till this day.

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There's angry scuba-divers who don't want you coming into their neighborhood.

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This person casually strolling down the street in their horse-head mask.

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The old-timey cyclist, dressed for the Tour de France, hitching a stuffed penguin behind them.

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This ET/Predator hybrid standing guard over a sweet mountain bike.

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Nothing to see here. Just LARPERS LARPING.

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I swear to God, Brooklyn gets weirder and weirder every single day.

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I'd like to know what they're feeding the pigeons in this neighborhood. I'd also like them to stop.

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So this is what SWAT team members do before a raid.

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I don't know what's worse, the name of the store or the fact that this guy is mooning the car.

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Definitely the clown, I mean, why would you define a clown as "fecund" anyway? It's so gross.

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