False Alarm

Google Street View's 'Dead' Girl Prank

Well-executed, but not terribly funny: Several people in Worcester, England, were using Google Street View of their neighborhood when they saw what looked like the dead body of a young girl lying face down in the street. Many called Google about the apparent crime, but it turned out to be a kid’s prank. Azura Beebeejaun, then 9 years old, had been playing with her friend when she “thought it would be funny to play dead,” the girl said. ''I heard a car go past me but had no idea I was having my picture taken. I was just playing a joke on my friend." Google’s mapping applications have captured many odd moments over the years, and collecting them is a popular online meme.