They Come in Peace…and for the BBQ

Just found an April Fools joke on Google Earth. Area 51 has some visitors.

Update: Yow – this page currently has over 2500 Diggs (and a total of over 150,000 hits!!!) and is the top Digg story of the day! Thankfully 1&1’s servers are handling the load quite well…

Update: also listed on Wikipedia and

Update: hello Washington Post readers…

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Kevin Jarnot is a technologist who lives just South of Boston, MA. He is currently employed as Chief Technology Officer at Micronotes, an AI-driven conversation-marketing company based in Boston, MA.
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0 Responses to They Come in Peace…and for the BBQ

  1. bobinzz says:

    haha thats gold 😀 i love it, google never ceases to amaze 😛

  2. ZJBird says:

    HAHAHA, this is good! I just booted up my google earth and it took me a bit but i found it! This is just for April fools? Nice find!

  3. gilbert says:

    Nice find, next time i’ll put it in the hangar

  4. Chris says:

    Nice find. Google have always had that witty humor going on. Just to say that its now been removed since I last checked!

  5. Eric says:

    Awesome! Not as funny as Pigeon Rank, but it’s cool that they hid some easter eggs in Google Earth!

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  8. Jauhari says:

    That’s nice Fools Day 🙂

  9. Naser says:

    Wow great discovery

  10. Bobby says:

    Don’t despair, looks like they still had some fun today …..

  11. Slapo says:

    How come Google Earth can’t find Roswell when they have Area 51? Weird ;).

  12. MooseBlaster says:

    Slapo: Have you tried typing in Roswell, NM?

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  16. Son Nguyen says:

    I love this day, so many news that is actually news

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    Great Idea. Ha Ha

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  24. wper says:

    really interesting 🙂

  25. Rasec says:

    hauehaieuhaieuh ! que podre !

    Mas foi engraçado !

    Saudações do Brasil !

  26. Anonymous says:

    how did you find that???

  27. Kevin says:

    There was a hint posted on the Google Earth Community forum. It took me roughly 5 minutes of scanning Area 51 to find them.

  28. Nice to have a little BBQ and clean the windshield. Good find!

  29. Hojo says:

    “Thankfully 1&1’s servers are handling the load quite well…”

    Can you also tell wich hosting plan you? Im very interested in a good hosting plan.

  30. Kevin says:

    I have 1&1’s Linux Business plan. $9.99/month, 100 GB disk, Linux shell, 2000 email addresses, etc etc etc. So far (after 2+ years) it has been very stable, with only one or two minor issues. More info here.