Anomaly Hunting Apple Maps

An interesting side effect of the general public having easy access to satellite imagery is that conspiracy minded individuals have had a field day hunting for anything that looks remotely strange and providing pseudoscientific explanations to account for it. This is known in skeptic circles as anomaly hunting. Anomalies are normal. In fact, it would be incredibly strange to live in a world where there were none.


Enter Apple Maps, you know, the app that melted the surface of the Earth when it was first released. The one Apple had to issue a rare apology for. Apparently it just proved that the Loch Ness Monster exists. Seriously. So say the “experts“:

Whatever it is, it’s just below the surface and heading south so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie.

Yep, how is that logic for you? Either a secret submarine or a secret monster. Nothing else. Nothing else at all. Not, you know, a boat or anything. No, no way it would be that.

For some perspective, here are some other examples of map data pointing straight to the unknown (until the next pass by the satellite anyway):

It just goes to show that if you go hunting for proof of anything, you can convince yourself that you have found it. Especially with a low resolution photo. Occam’s razor anyone?

Anomaly Hunting Apple Maps was last updated April 21st, 2014 by Michael Truskowski