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We're obliged to all those readers who've sent us new Street View sightings gleaned from the pretty-well nationwide coverage now enjoyed by the UK, especially those involving surveillance feedback loops. We'll be doing something on your spots next week, but in the meantime we invite you to ponder the disturbing case of the West …

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Invasion of the DIY'ers

I for one welcome our DIY Overlords!

May they repair my electrical appliances in peace.

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Woa? Huh? Wha?

Just how do you get a Fail on this level? Its off the register (ahem, apols). I thought things couldn't get more surreal than "Soul Godfather's body snatched" was enough Bootnotes to set me up for the weekend, but this has just about wrapped it up for Friday.

Time to get out of the office just in case it is the Borg-pliars invasion. Mines the one with the "POETS day" card in it.

Paul

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Isn't that...

Isn't this just a publicity shot from the next Doctor Who Christmas Special?!?

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Clearly a local objected to being photographed

and wanged his pliers at the Orwellian spymobile.

Every true midlander has a pair of pliers within easy reach, after all.

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or

or, indeed, a pair of someone else's pliers..

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Maybe

They are testing the new system to cut off internet P2P users.

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What's the betting

That somebody left them on top of the camera after a bit of impromptu repair work?

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What's even more disturbing...

This street view must be from an alternate reality because what's even more disturbing is that everyone is driving on the wrong side of the street.

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Hmmm

I wonder if this is the precusor to 'The Great Adjustment' that is due in West Bromwich? I should know, I'm only a few miles from there.

IFO welcome our Giant Plier weilding overlords.

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Pliers?.....

Nope, look much more like side-cutters to me.

Mine's the one with the round-nosed circluip pliers in it....

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Not side cutters.

Linesman's pliers.

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I for one

I for one welcome our Chrome Vanadium Overlords ...

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WTF?

Someone at Google's a "Look Around You" fan?

Any fan of "Look Around You" knows that this is what happens when you put AC and DC current through an iron pyramid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eVN55NEREo

It could be a bizarre photo-stitching accident after a Google Earth operative left a pair of pliers on the spymobile camera.. but I prefer the first explanation!

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bum civilian

Clearly it was no pure iron pyramid that made this. It must have been allied with another metal and only partly ironic or someone reserved the annoyed and cathoyed battery terminals providing a negative initial molarity, that's magnetic polarity for the unscience terrific types.

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Hmmm

I'm not sure. Whilst an impure iron sample could be responsible for the sub-standard result, I believe the pyramid itself may have been a cheap irregular Chinese manufactured one.

I've seen many Iron experiments ruined by bad geometry.

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Advertising coup?

It appears just outside the 'Cutting and Welding' store!

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And the Lord said...

"Oi! Your chimney cap's not tight. No bother, I'll take care of it meself!"

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What were those snipping?

Those aren't really pliers, those are wire cutters which are designed to make a flush cut.

So what was being snipped, and who is God's maintenance man? Do we live on a clockwork Earth?

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@ Brian Miller

See my reply to Brian Morrison.

'tis truly the life of Brian tonight :-) Beers all around?

(Gawd/ess ... that's the second time I've used an icon in under a fortnight ... I must be mellowing in my old age ...)

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Ok so WHO

Nicked my bloody plyers again

I'm fed up with this. every time I put them down they are stolen

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Ooops

These pliers will be dropped by a femail astronaut working outside on her way to Mars in 2051. They will then fall into a highly eliptical sun orbit where they will be accelerated to light speed and beyond resulting in them expanding and traveling back in time to menace West Bromwich six months ago.

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Nooo

You broke teh physics! Fix it now! Recursive servalence was bad enough, now look what youve done.

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WTF?

Scared now

the icon says it all

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Or

These are normal pliers and Google has responded to public concerns by adopting microscopic spy cars - that can zip around the streets unnoticed.

Good job us northerners always tuck our trousers into our socks

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Adjustment captured in progress?

I think what this picture shows is that Google is tired of getting complaints about its database being inaccurate-- now when it finds a discrepancy, it adjusts the material world to match the virtual one. That house probably used to be on a completely different street...

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They are enormous

You don't really get the scale of these things until you view all the pictures all the way down the road to Lidl. They are so far away (and therefor huge) that the car does not appear to move relative to them at all.

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Oh, get a grip.

Th-th-th-that's all, folks.

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In tha Black Country

they'm known to professional tradesmen as an omma

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Only one question:

How?

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I have to point out

That those aren't actually pliers, they are wire cutters.

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@COG ... They are Linesman's pliers ...

Oh, faggedaboudit. What do I know.

Mod(s): I'll stop now. You're quite welcome ;-)

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Clearly

They have something to do with that giant clothes pin shown on the other display.

What that is, I can't guess, for they do look like wire cutters.

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Drive along the street then look up

These pliers were left on top of the camera - move along the street and then look up - the pliers have moved with you. Or maybe that's just what they want you to think.......

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Paranoid?

Or are they really following me...

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Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

It's the Anti-flying spaghetti monster come to snip at his noodlely goodness.

Quick gather together my hearty pirate crewmates we need to repel this foul demon.

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An important question.

So where's the Giant Chaka Demus?

Stop (Omma Time).

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suprised at ElReg

As a few have pointed out above, those appear to be cutters, not pliers.

I am deeply disappointed that you cocked this one up. How can you fail to recognise everyone's favourite tool after the hammer? You can do anything with a claw-hammer and a good pair of wire cutters.

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pliers.

Rotate the image in the streetviewfun link. They're a pair of pliers with a side-cutter section. So essentially both pliers and cutters.

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Don't forget...

The gaffer tape.

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At last

Somebody's finally decided to fix that faulty thermostat and put an end to Global Warming.

It has the Haynes "Habitable Planets" manual in the pocket.

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It was probably...

Someone trying to protect his privacy by throwing the nearest convenient object at the camera to try and break it.

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Obligatory ...

Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers ...

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Street name

Why has Google mostly blocked out the street name sign of Whitehall Road,

while at the same time their own captions say "Whitehall Road" twice on my screen.

Oh wait, it can't be Whitehall Road unless Google says it is. I can sleep now

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I think we would all agree...

...that God uses a good quality set of professional sockets, spanners and allen keys - in Imperial, if I am not mistaken - in no more than three sizes, i bet, as he no doubt carefully planned the whole "firmament" thing with long term maintenance in mind.

It is the devil who takes to creation with his sloppy, gnarled, pliers and wrenches. We will all be familiar with the old folk-warning "Beware the devil for his iron jaws will strip your nuts, and leave your cotter pin twisted and fatigued. "

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Imperial sizes?

Don't be daft, it would have been Whitworth back then.

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Imperial

"in Imperial, if I am not mistaken"

Of course. God uses proper mesurments, non of this heathen metric. He also drinks ale and enjoys cricket. Its a fact!

*fade to the gental sound of Jerusalem*

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Plier Propellers?

Could be perfectly Innocent- by there are a couple of kids who appear standing on the green junction box in some shots as you move round the t-junction.

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It's, like, one of those Star Trek things, right?

I bet, it's all from a set for the new Star Trek movie, The Wrath of Joe the Electrician, in which Joe steals a Romulan pliers-ship, so as to subject Captain James T Kirk to an adulthood Bris -- the catch phrase, "From hell's electrical closet, I snip at thee! Snip snip!"

...and all that, just because Joe's union was denied the right to take Earth Day as a holiday. Pure Evil (R)!

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Spare Us The Cutter

They are clearly on the way to get rid of those old rooftop TV aerials in the picture.

Sory for the title title - Had an 80's flashback to Echo & The Bunnymen.

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what's with the " ®"?

"Just in case it's the latter, I for one would like to welcome, and so forth... ®"

If i want to grovel to our supreme robo overlords, I should be free to do so without fear of litigation..... Maybe Reg is taking lessons from Apple?

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