The Best Time Waster Since Porn!

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I don’t know how long Globe Genie has been around for, but my friend Sly sent it to me this week, and I was immediately intrigued. The concept of the site is simple: click the “teleport” button, and via the magic of Google Maps and Street View, you’ll be taken to a random place on the globe. You’ll be able to look around 360 degrees in classic Street View fashion, and should you be inclined, you can also explore the area with a few clicks. The whole thing is kind of amazing, if only for giving you an appreciation of the geographic diversity of this great wide world. You’ll often wind up on a desolate highway, but the real fun is arriving at some ultra remote location or in the center of a quaint town (usually in France or Italy). Of course, like me, you’ll also find yourself in The Bronx or on some McMansion-filled suburb of Phoenix, which is not nearly as fascinating but no less amusing.

Since I’m crazy, I also wanted to see how long it would take before I landed in a spot that I’d actually been to. It took about three days of casual clicking before I landed on the rather mundane destination of the Garden State Parkway in NJ. Anticlimactic.

Anyway, the good news about the site is that if you land somewhere particularly evocative or beautiful or amusing, you can nab a permalink and send it to your friends. After the jump, a few destinations that I enjoyed (with a few thrown in from Sly too).

Here are my favorites, with more to come surely…

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=52.010027,5.161734,104.94,-1.54

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=51.507906,-0.317684,219.96,0.4

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=40.783903,-96.194355,123.47,11.63

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=42.001968,9.048369,53.4,10.3

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=1.338338,103.960288,40.76,2.17

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=40.186496,-3.685768,3.61,5

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=43.018947,-1.053253,311.91,-1.1

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=49.260506,4.027695,230.04,6.94

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=63.480747,23.007109,349.39,8.71

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=43.39916,2.720338,209.71,11.81

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=40.435933,8.527567,103.61,12.43

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=-62.595542,-59.90453,314.91,7.92

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=49.415062,-108.449927,0,5

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=43.297787,2.681416,92.83,2.44

http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/index.html?llyp=41.827969,-121.387353,299.94,5

What are some of your favorite locations you’ve found? Share them in the comments!

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42 thoughts on “The Best Time Waster Since Porn!

  1. FYI – if you want to post a permalink, you can’t copy what’s in the address bar. You have to click “permalink” and then a little window pops up with the link. Otherwise you’re just copying and pasting the same link I posted above!

  2. So what are the parameters for having been to a place before? I am assuming you have to have seen whats shown in the photo rather than just having been in that city? This is important for a rules junkie and travel junkie like me.

  3. This is awesome!!! I appreciate you enabling me to waste more time, which is why I will never land on a spot that I have been to because I am busy at home wasting time!!

  4. Is there some kind of requirement that it only shows beautiful places? It took me to Sweden, Ireland, France, Maine and other lovely spots. The worst things I saw were a Rite Aid in Fredericksburg, Virginia and a working class neighborhood in northern California – and still both places looked clean and had lots and lots of trees.

  5. Thank you for helping my horrible case of insomnia! I have been at this for a half hour and its quite possibly the best waste of time EVER!!!!

  6. Wow….freaky! I was taken to a town in New Hampshire, a road in Sweden, a road in Ontario, and then my 4th click was to a street in my little hometown of 5,000 in the middle of nowhere in Missouri!!!! Craziness!!!

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