Hidden in Holland

Monday, 25th August 2008 by

The town of Brummen in The Netherlands is perhaps the last place you would expect to find a secret government conspiracy in action, but any other explanation would be naïve: Google have obviously been forced to disguise the structure with the help of the clone tool, and the repeated use of a beige trees produces some rather amateur results:

However, when you look at it in the rival Live Maps service, you can see nothing amiss, apart from a half constructed golf course to the side - not the most secretive fortification in my eyes. When compared side by side, the woods seem to be wider and there is definitely a suspicious change in water colour:

In reality, the most plausible suggestion would appear to be an humble technician trying to clear up a mess left by an imagery artifact or cloud, but my gut knows that it is something to do with the renegade Staten-Generaal. The bloggers over at 'Stinky Journalism' (seriously) have been to Google about this, and apparently they are investigating the anomaly.

We're aware that there seems to be an anomaly in our imagery and are working to determine what happened.

Of course, this isn't the first time Google has taken part in a bit of photoshop trickery, as we saw last year when they put on a sham aerial display.

Thanks: PhotoshopDisasters and StinkyJournalism.org