The Finest Google Earth Easter Eggs

Rebecca Greenfield
The Finest Google Earth Easter Eggs

Today, The Verge's Jamie Keene pointed us to a brand new Google Earth Easter egg: a Morrissey reference in front of the Salford Lads Club. To break the programming monotony, the computer geeks over at Google like to put inside jokes in their creations, known as Easter Eggs. For Google Earth, however, each building for the 3D building feature is hand designed and submitted by non-Google folk. And it looks like they too have senses of humor, as a few Easter Eggs pop up from time to time. Here are some of the best ones made by these independent building designers, including the newest one. 

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The Smiths at Salford Lads Club 

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Smiths frontman Morrissey shows up in front of Salford Lads Club on St. Ignatius Walk in Salford, UK (zip M5 3RX). To find him enter that location with the "3D buildings" in the Layer panel checked and then a figure should show up. The pixelated man with folded arms references the inside cover image of the band's album The Queen Is Dead, as you can see below. The building was also featured in the song Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before. 

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The Blue's Brothers at the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge 

In reference to the Blue's Brothers bridge jump scene, a car shows up next to the Tacony-Palmyra bridge, which connects New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Again, the 3D buildings layer has to be enabled for this find. This wasn't actually the bridge used during filming -- the scene happened over the 95th Street Bridge in Chicago. But, that looks just like the Bluesmobile Dan Akroyd and John Belushi drive in the movie. 


Google Earth 3D building modeler, Joey Wade took the reference even further, animating the car to jump over the bridge. 


Steve Irwin at the Sydney Opera House

Also on our list of Google's finest Easter Egg gems, deceased Crocodile Man shows up at his homeland's most famous building.  The best known Australian (arguably) along with its most famous building. 


The Google Earth blog also put together this helpful YouTube video on how to find him.