SLIDESHOW: The strangest sights in Google Earth

Mapping software Google Earth turns the planet into a massive scavenger hunt for weird, wacky, and the unexplained. Here are a few of the things that keep us scratching our heads.

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If alien visitors happen to land in Rachel, Nevada, don't be surprised if they think Colonel Sanders is our leader. That town has an 87,500-square-foot image of the smiling Colonel (37°38'47.40"N, 115°45'1.27"W) (see it in Google Maps) composed of 65,000 one-foot-square tiles, according to reports. This KFC logo is part of a larger trend called mapvertising, in which companies create product logos that are visible from space (or from planes landing at Chicago O'Hare Airport (42° 0'28.67"N, 87°53'9.89"W) (see it in Google Maps). A video of the making of the giant-size Colonel Sanders has been posted to YouTube.

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