Half Cat Photo: Did Google Street View Capture Photo Of Two-Legged Cat? [PHOTO]
A half cat photo showing what looks like a cat walking on only its two front legs was allegedly captured by Google Street View. The picture shows a cat with only half a body, two legs, no ears and a sour disposition. The half cat photo spread quickly on the internet, with some users expressing concern over the fate of the poor feline, while others raised their eyebrows at what they deemed a doctored photo.
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According to the Daily Mail, it was later revealed that the half cat photo was a prank conceived much earlier than the birth of Google Street View. The truth about the half cat photo surfaced after someone posted a photo of the cat on imgur earlier today.
The picture shows the cat, supposedly named "Thumbelina," walking down a street in Ottawa, Canada (according to the person who posted it), with all of its legs and all of its body intact.
While it turns out that the image of a half cat is just a hoax, Google Street View has captured some truly bizarre and salacious moments over the years. There was the 'horse-boy' sighting in Scotland, and that one image of what appeared to be someone dragging a bloody body down a pier. It even photographed a guy in Manchester, UK, getting a hand job on a street corner (Google later censored the image, but you can see the originals at Huffington Post).
When the Huffington Post later sent a request to Google, asking for confirmation about when Google had taken the photos of the guy getting a hand job down, this is what Google responded:
Street View captures images that can be seen by anyone walking down a public street; unfortunately, sometimes we capture odd or unpleasant moments. When a user comes across an image that they believe is offensive or inappropriate, they can let us know through the "Report a problem" tool at the bottom of the image. We regularly monitor and respond to these requests.
Google Street View first launched in 2007 in five different U.S. cities. It now operates on all seven continents. Google's arsenal of image catching technology includes the famous Google Street View Car, a trike, trolley, snowmobile and, for those hard-to-reach places, a wearable backpack that can go wherever the trekker desires (the backpack's maiden voyage was into Arizona's Grand Canyon).
The Google Street View car sports 15 lenses set atop the car's roof. The camera takes 360-degree photos and even has lasers that determine distances between the car and objects in order to create 3D imaging. The company initially used a van packed with computers, but has since moved to using a fleet of smaller vehicles outfitted with just one small computer each.
Also, check out iScience Times' list of the top ten funny Google Earth images of 2012.
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