It was just a child's innocent prank. But when people in Worcester, England, saw what looked like a dead body in a Google image of their street, they sounded the alarm.
According to the U.K.'s Telegraph, neighbors were so distressed by a picture showing a brown-haired girl lying face down on the sidewalk that they reached out to the tech giant, worried that a crime had been committed.
But it turned out that the dead-looking girl was mischievous 9-year-old Azura Beebeejaun, playing a prank at the exact moment that a Google Street View car happened by, shooting pictures.
''I didn't know anything about the Google Street View car. I fell over while I was playing with my friend and thought it would be funny to play dead," Azura, now 10, told the Telegraph. ''I heard a car go past me but had no idea I was having my picture taken. I was just playing a joke on my friend."
A spokesman for Google said, ''The imagery in Street View represents a snapshot in time of Britain's streets and is no different to what anyone might expect to see for themselves around the country. … Sometimes that means our cars inadvertently capture odd or inappropriate moments as they drive past."
Over the past few years, Google's mapping applications -- Street View, Google Earth and Google Maps -- have generated several odd and entertaining images.
Take a look at a few more of them below:
Like the recent Google Street View image of the man with the horse's head (or "Horse Boy," as many blogs called him) and the 2009 shot of a British man taking his 10-foot boa for a walk, this peculiar picture has made the rounds online.
The most likely theory on the origin of the two-headed man is that Google accidentally tacked on an extra arm, leg and head when it combined two images of the same street corner.
Leon Kidd, 25, was photographed carrying his 10-foot boa Nibblez along a road in Norwich last summer, the U.K.'s Telegraph reported last May. Norwich is one of 25 U.K. cities included in Google Street View, which lets users see cities and neighborhoods virtually from their computers.
Kidd, who owns five snakes, told the Telegraph that walking his boa is regular activity.
"I take her out nearly every day in summer in Earlham Park," he said. "A lot of people are surprised, others are curious and ask if they can touch her. She loves being taken out, especially going in the grass."
"I didn't even notice I was being photographed by the Google car," he said. "Then about three weeks ago my cousin phoned me and said I was in the newspaper."
She's one of the biggest stars on the planet, so it only makes sense that she has a special place in Google Earth, too. Arizona's Schnepf Farms carves a maze with the outline of a famous person into its 10-acre cornfield each year around Halloween. Larry King, Jay Leno and Steve Nash are among the celebrities who have been recognized in this way. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was the farm's celebrity of choice.