Sometimes there are places you know, even if you don’t know them.
Even if you’ve never been to the top of the Empire State Building – I haven’t – you could probably see an image and recognize it. There have been this much scenes in movies and TV shows that take place there that you almost to have to get an idea of what it looks like.
If you’ve been on the internet for a while, then this video on Twitter from @Ballymoran takes you somewhere very recognizable. It’s a brilliant piece of Google Maps fun. Ominous music plays as you get closer, closer, closer. You expect something creepy or weird. The ultimate destination, well, look.
You’re damn right it was a rickroll in the year 2022. Why the hell not?
Old internet jokes aside, it’s nice to see the real-world location where the classic Rick Astley video for his 1897 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” was shot. For years we all unconsciously stare at those brick arches. Now we know they are at 150 Freston Road in London.
The curious nostalgia of Google Street View
That’s the curious magic of Google Maps. With Google Earth and Street View, you can walk into anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye. Unsuspectingly, it’s all there, frozen in time. It’s a ubiquitous feat from the tech giant that we can now be rickrolled by a card.
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