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I’d love to swear that since this marketing trick utilizes satellite photography, it technically qualifies to be on an aviation blog.

I'd love to say that, but I would be lying.

This is just a way I can somehow explain how a very nice photo of the hottest Desperate Housewife ended up on my blog, when she's not in, around, buying or flying an airplane.

What you see above is an actual Google Earth shot of the latest Maxim Magazine cover. Yes, it appears to be real:

This kills one of the current urban myths that Google Earth’s images are old and outdated. Since this photo shows the current Maxim’s cover, it must have been shot by Google’s bird very recently…or at least Maxim had inside info on when the "Googlelite" might be floating aimlessly over the desert outside Vegas.
Eva Longoria cover "by the numbers":
Size: 75' x 110'
Material: Vinyl Mesh windscreen
# of stakes in the ground to hold it down: 125
Crew to install: 9
# of hours of printing: 25
# of feet of airline cable to hold in place: 2400'
# of hours to install: 15 hours

Anyway, as an advertising guy, this is pretty cool. And as a healthy hetero male, how can you go wrong with a 100-foot tall version of Eva Longoria? You can't.

Just got an email today saying I've been duped again, and that the Maxim cover is a fake. I have searched the web everywhere using every search term I could think of and cannot find a word to corroborate this guy's allegation that the cover was shot from an airplane and laid over a Google Earth photo. If it's truly a fakey, you'd think at least one media outlet would have posted the news. Also did a blogosphere search, and not one post to back this up. So, if anyone has links to news that this is a phony, please send them to me - dp

UPDATE II: Best I can gather, this appears to possibly be what is called a "mash-up" in Googlese, where a photo from an airplane is overlaid on top of Google's base satellite photos. No definitive proof of that yet, but I put in the GPS coordinates to the location and by going straight to Google and bypassing the Maxim link, it does not show dear Eva. A emailer says National Geographic uses this tactic all the time in Africa. Developing....

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