Google introduced Street View in 2008. By June 2012 they captured 20 petabytes of images along 5 million miles of roads in 39 countries.

In some areas not accessible by the Google Car, the Internet giant dispatches tricycles or snow mobiles to get the job done.

Street View images are entertaining because these cameras document unrehearsed scenes in “a day in the life” of us all, then post our quirks, uglies and faux pas to the Internet. 

The utilitarian nature of the project adds authenticity to these images, although I have to wonder whether some of these people didn’t have advance knowledge of Google’s routes. It’s concerning to think this person was spontaneously squatting in the woods wearing a gas mask.