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Google Maps Mystery

Posted December 15, 2018 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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For those of you who enjoy using Google Maps Street View to visualize a specific address or to simply ogle the home of someone you are in the midst of stalking comes word of a mystery plaguing users in the U.K.

Though Google Maps Street View regularly blurs out people’s faces and other data such as license plate numbers inadvertently captured in an image, users are confused about Google’s decision to blur out an entire structure.

A house located in Stockton-On-Tees has been entirely blurred out from view on Google Maps without explanation. The house at the heart of the mystery is on Princeport Road and is, by all accounts, a normal looking structure on an extremely typical road. So why blur it out?

No one knows, including resident of the home Jane Allison who has been living in the house since 2000.

For now, calls to Google have gone unanswered. However, this is not the first time an entire structure has been blurred out by the tech giant. In some instances, sites have been blurred out by Google based on what happened there. A notable example is the Ohio home of Ariel Castro where the kidnapper and sex offender beat, starved and sexually abused three women locked up in his home for a decade.

Likewise, an entire landmass has also been blocked by Google, yet for less mysterious reasons. An island off the coast of Russia in the East Siberian Sea called Jeanette Island cannot be seen by users of Google Maps.

One possible explanation is that the 1.2 mile long island, which was discovered in 1881 by American naval officer and explorer George E. De Long, was blurred out because it is unclear which country it belongs to as Russia also laid claim to it as part of the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Hardly likely to be a territory dispute, is it safe to assume that Jane Allison’s home was once occupied by a depraved serial killer? I think it is time for Ms. Allison to do a little bit of research instead of simply resigning herself to the fact that her home is not distinguishable on Google Maps.

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12/15/2018 12:40 AM
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12/15/2018 8:30 PM

North Korea is a hoot.

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12/16/2018 9:01 AM

Another Scotland Yard safe house has been blown by an internet sized group of nosy neighbors.

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12/16/2018 8:39 PM

I wouldn't sweat too much, they operate certain places designed to be found as a sort of 'honey-trap' to lure the bad guys. Not all locations are such, but there is an old adage about 'if you want to hide something, make it so clear that nobody thinks twice'.

Your point is valid, and it seems dubious to me that CR4 should host discussion on this. Perhaps Admin could delete all stuff that relates to security and we can continue with an interesting topic.

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12/16/2018 10:27 PM

I'm not sweating at all. It's too cold outside to sweat here. It's only 4°C right now and raining.

Besides there's nobody I know in a safe house in the U.K., unless they moved Frankie out of the country. Even if they did, I'm sure a midget Aleut will blend in there quite easily. Just don't keep anything valuable in your pockets.

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12/17/2018 7:55 AM

In literal terms I'm not sure any house (including the big white one us Brits once torched) is safe.

I was about to have brunch, but I just can't get the image of you sweating or shivering out of my head ! Today we have a fairly balmy 17 degrees, so I'm just chillin' in my boxers. Weather forecast is for much colder soon, so I may have to add my wifes stockings next week. Enjoy lunch .

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12/27/2018 12:12 PM

As long as you had to bring up the issue of burning up our ''big white one'' (in 1814), I don't know for sure that we have been adequately compensated for the associated direct, and collateral, damages therewith...

Full restitution, in current U. S. dollars, should be due to us, on demand, including late charges, etc., and we (former colonials) should now be demanding said restitution, asap...

And, now that I'm thinking about it, the balance of (bailout) funds, etc., stemming from WWI and WWII should also be reviewed...

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12/29/2018 11:45 AM

60 billion (2015 costs of loan)/ UK population is about 1000 USD/pp. I'll accept gift vouchers. Ein vernünftiger Preis, um das Erlernen einer anderen Sprache zu vermeiden.

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12/31/2018 5:03 PM

You can hold your breath waiting for any single red cent...

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Yeah, the Canadians only issued a 25 cent denomination. and I don't think you can get enough of 'em.

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01/04/2019 8:31 PM

If you're not Canadian yourself, then who are you to talk?...

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I'll refrain from indicating Canada has had some inovative currency. My bad, eh.

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12/16/2018 7:30 PM

9-11 Princeport Rd Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2JB, UK

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12/17/2018 12:01 AM

Very nice piece of information.

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12/17/2018 12:41 PM

Looks more like the google camera car tried shooting directly into the sun and the flare in the camera washed out the image.

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12/17/2018 8:54 PM

Sun?

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12/18/2018 11:23 AM

I was looking at the photo in the original post, not the image shown by Rixter.

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12/24/2018 11:53 AM

Their is a house in my neighborhood that is similarly blurred out that my friend rents and lives in. It didn't used to be blurred out but is now and is the only house on the street that is. Nothing of note has happened in the house. The only thing I can think of is that the house is for sale and the owners did work on the exterior of the house before it was listed. If you look at street view you see what it looked like before they worked on it. Just a guess but perhaps the realtor would prefer people drive by the house to see what it looks like now instead of view an old image on street view.

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12/27/2018 4:40 PM

I like to visit places where I once lived to see how much it has changed. I visited an apartment house in New York City where I lived about 75 years ago and it hadn't changed one bit in all that time. It's a good place to rekindle old memories. It can serve as a timeline.

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