Angry neighbour’s elaborate Google Earth sledge
AN ANGRY resident in the US has thrown some seriously elaborate shade at their neighbour, creating the ultimate Google Earth sledge - much to the delight of eagle-eyed internet users.
Scouring Google Maps is a surprisingly popular pastime for some netizens.
Since its public launch in June 2005, by now much of the globe has been scoured by those using Google's interactive world map to look for everything from ancient burial grounds and weird crop circles to buildings that look like penises.
Los Angeles man Nathan Smith even claimed he used Google Maps to help find what he believes to be $3 billion in treasure on board a sunken ship along the Texas Gulf coast.
What is arguably the most popular open-access satellite-imagery program in the world is not only good for voyeurs and treasure hunters, it's also great for those looking to stick it to their annoying neighbour.
At least that's what this bloke did.
If you zoom in on a house in home in Sequim, Washington on the US west coast (coordinates 48°08'34.7"N 123°10'08.6"W) you'll find a rather unsavoury message carved into the grass of the resident's lawn.
"A-HOLE" it says, with an arrow pointing to the next door neighbour's house.
Clearly these two neighbours don't get along and one of them had to make it known to the world.
The cheeky taunt was first noticed by users on reddit a couple months ago and a picture of the satellite images has been doing the rounds on the social media site this week.
According to one online sleuth, it appears the bad blood might be the result of a longstanding feud which started over a big purple coloured garage built by one of the neighbours.
The building was dubbed "the purple people-eater" by disgruntled neighbours who didn't like the look of it and circulated a petition to the local council saying the large ugly garage had devalued the surrounding properties, reported the local Peninsula Daily News.
The above image of the grass carved insult was snapped in July of 2016 but by using Google Earth's historical imagery function it seems the earliest version of the message was produced sometime between November 2011 and July 2013.