Google Maps Street View has captured a horrifying image taken near the Hollywood sign in California, USA. The disturbing photo appears to show the head of a woman hanging from a pole flying the American flag. The seemingly decapitated head faces toward the ground with a ponytail hanging downwards. The black pole, with what looks like a shred of the white and red flag, appears to be skewered into the back of her neck.
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To add to the unnerving nature of the scene, the tourists around the spectacle are acting like it is nothing out of the ordinary.
But is there more than meets the eye to this very strange and spine-tingling sight?
If the viewer looks closely, one can notice the bit of clothing left on the severed head is a camouflage material.
To the right of the pole is a woman – fully intact – also wearing a camouflage-patterned top.
Consequently, it would seem the head, in fact, belong to this woman rather than being a decapitated body part.
Clearly, something has gone wrong with the Google cameras, to cause a serious technological glitch.
The photography splicing has caused the problem due to the way the images form.
When taking the photo, the 360-degree cameras shoot multiple pictures to create the seamless image.
However, moving objects often ruin the scene as they shift when the photos are taken.
It is most likely the woman moved and bent down to the ground when the images were taken, resulting in the strange photo.
This is far from the first an alarming technological error has raised alarm among viewers.
For instance, a road in New Mexico, USA seems to be nothing like a normal road.
More like Edvard Munch’s The Scream painting than a real location, Highway 285, near Albuquerque, is an array of blurred colours.
Google Maps shows the road to be a green-grey colour while all around it is a mass of purple and pinks.
What’s more, the road appears to lead absolutely nowhere making it look even more supernatural.
New Mexico is particularly famous for being home to Roswell, known for UFO sightings and the paranormal.
However, there is likely a more rational explanation for the bizarre distorted image.
Realistically it is probably a glitch, which often happens on Google Maps. The cameras can sometimes make a mistake when splicing the images together and create some tricky optical illusions.