Google Maps: Osama Cribs

Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, the location of his “compound” can be revealed.

Described as a “mansion” by some, it is reportedly “about six times larger than neighboring homes with walls as high as 15 feet, topped with barbed wire.” (Source: Los Angeles Times.)

Thanks to the magic of Google Maps, you can magically transport to Pakistan and visit the compound yourself.

Link to Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound (Google Maps)

And that’s where things get interesting.

If you click the link to go there, Google Maps shows the satellite image of the “mansion” where Osama lived. If you click the little icon for “Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound” a little bubble that pops up with a bit of info and a thumbnail image.

Screen shot of Google Maps show Osama's Hideout Compound

Wait a moment! What is that little thumbnail image shown in the bubble? That looks strangely familiar. Let’s click it to see the image associated with Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound.

The main image associated with Osama's Hideout Compound on Google Maps

George Bluth (in orange). Also pictured: Michael Bluth. No touching!

Of course! It’s a Bluth Company home! They illegally built homes in Iraq for Saddam Hussein so it’s not too surprising.

But wait, that’s not all. In the left column is locations and reviews by Google Maps users. There is a listing for Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound. As I write this, it currently has 582 “reviews.” (Click here to read them.)

One traveler, named only “Mike,” gave the location a five-star review:

Perfect romantic couples’ getaway spot if you’re looking for something a little different than your ordinary Hilton or Red Roof Inn. We were charmed by the lack of internet and telephone services, although there was a delightful little courier who would bring us baskets of figs every couple of days. Our host, “Osama”, couldn’t have been more pleasant – he had the cutest nickname for my husband – “The Great Satan”, and we truly enjoyed how he went out of his way to make us feel welcome by tossing little green metal balls into our room each night – this must be a local tradition. The hotel is obviously doing quite well, as evidenced by the fact that the cleaning crew is actually helicoptered in each evening, and in fact they go so far as to destroy any furniture that they feel is outdated or in need of repair. Of course, the owner must be quite a disciplinarian, as on our final night he actually had the entire staff shot and killed, presumably for underperformance. Even the cute little housemaid, who we had taken to calling “Mrs. bin Laden” for some reason, wasn’t spared. All in all, however, we have no complaints, and can’t wait to return for our anniversary in September when the renovations are complete. Bravo, Abbottabad Inn!

Between the Twitter bombs and hi-jinks Sunday night when the news original broke and Google Maps, I’d have to say, this has been quite the exhibition of what modern technology is capable of.

7 responses

  1. I saved the actual hide-out satellite photo to my google maps, but now it’s gone. When you google bin Laden’s hideout it now comes up with the photo you show. What happened to the real map? Weird. Creepy.

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    1. I never saw that, but the Google Maps link to Osama’s hideout compound still works. Also, the LA Times link has a lot more info, including before and after images.

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  2. That is too funny! That picture is just the perfect amount of funny. Not over the top and not to obscure that no-one will “get” it.
    I just think it’s funny, too, that the house is labeled “Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound” instead of just the address of the street it’s on. I wish I could change the Google maps label of my house to “Amy’s Crib” or “Here There Be Zombies.”

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  3. Re: The name of Obama’s hiding spot. I know! That’s why I mentioned it many times over.

    Zombies? Of course! That’s why they had to cremate him so quickly. Now it all make sense.

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  4. No street names? damned developers.

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    1. I did find it a bit suspicious that he lived on Osama Bin Laden Lane.

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