April Fools – No Show

Last year, Google did a fun little April Fools Joke for Google Earth. They placed some aliens cooking a BBQ dinner at the airport for Area 51. There was a special layer which popped up to draw your attention to Area 51. I was really looking forward to what they would do for this year, but apparently Google dropped the ball this year, and we didn’t get an April Fools for GE.
The folks at GoogleSightseeing.com did do a pretty amusing April Fools blog entry. They excitedly reported on the availability of “Live Satellite Images in Google Earth!“. According to their sources, Google started only with Edinburgh in the UK (which happens to be the home town to the guys who write GoogleSightseeing). They even provided a Google Earth file to the “live” content , but for some reason it always seems to show clouds over Edinburgh. Thanks to GoogleSightseeing for at least some April foolery! If I had known Google was going to fall down, I would have cooked up something extra special myelf. Oh well, there’s always next year.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. You cant view scotland can you 🙁

  2. Well, Mount Fuji in Japan did have suspicious looking lava flows on it in GE on April 1st…

  3. Glad you liked it Frank!
    @serena, Not of all of Scotland is covered, but the larger cities do have high-resolution images in Google Earth.
    Try here for things to see in Scotland:

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