Google Maps has added an Easter egg for those searching for Area 51, one of the most mysterious and highly classified facilities in the United States. When users drag the “yellow man” in the corner to Street View, it transforms into a UFO. This is just one of several Easter eggs that Google Maps has added over the years. For example, searching for Loch Ness will turn the map into a strange green monster, and searching over Hawaii will turn the map into a mermaid.
Area 51 is located in Nevada, just 83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas. It is officially a United States Air Force facility, but is believed by many to be the home of the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The US Air Force acquired the site in 1955, but the CIA did not acknowledge its existence until 2013.
Despite its official purpose, many conspiracy theorists believe that the facility is used to store, examine, and reverse engineer crashed alien spacecraft, including material supposedly recovered from the 1950s Roswell crash. In 1989, Bob Lazar claimed that he worked at Area 51, where tests on aliens and their spacecraft were carried out in massive underground workstations connected by an underground railway. However, his claims were never confirmed by officials.
Google Maps’ Easter egg adds a playful touch to the mystery surrounding Area 51, and will likely continue to delight conspiracy theorists and UFO enthusiasts alike.