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Those readers who live close to Loch Ness are invited to keep an eye out for circling black Google helicopters, since the Great Satan of Mountain View has inexplicably decided that this recent loch-side sighting of Top Gear's The Stig... The Stig captured at Loch Ness on Street View ...would benefit from the application of …


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  1. Paul_Murphy

    Ha Ha

    Now I have no idea who that is.

    Well done google.


  2. Parax

    what exactly Google is trying to hide

    Free advertising of course.. not paid for, therefore blurred.

    It's deffinaly a staged shot, the camera car parks in the layby then drives away in opposite directions (see which side of the road it is on!) so if Google didn't stage it, is the Gcar driver pending termination?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      "Parks in layby and drives away in opposite direction"

      Where's your evidence for that.

      1. T0ny


        "Where's your evidence for that."

        On google street view perhaps?

      2. Paul RND*1000


        The clue is in which side of the road the car is moving along. This is in the UK, so if the center line is to the right of the camera position you're looking in the direction the car was moving. Or at least I bloody well hope so!

  3. Red Bren
    Black Helicopters

    The power of The Stig

    Who says Google is to blame? Perhaps The Stig has the ability to pixillate any image of itself? In the original image. there is a smudge in the groinal area which could be the start of the process.

    1. Blofeld's Cat

      Re: The power of The Stig

      Maybe the Stig is in reality already pixelated, and the blurring was a side effect of Google pixelating an already pixelated image.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Title goes here

        I think you could be on to something, it's noticeable that the Stig never appears in older episodes of Top Gear - it's only been in recent years that the beeb has been able to buy cameras with strong enough shielding to prevent the retrospective pixellation effect of trying to film or photograph him.

        OK, OK - I'm going....

    2. Fr. Ted Crilly Silver badge

      As pointed out the other day..

      He does have 'Laughing Man' powers.

    3. Intractable Potsherd

      They aren't pixels ...

      ... they are stigmata!

      I'll show myself out...

  4. lansalot
    Black Helicopters


    I think you'll find that the reason the image was pixellated is because Nessie was almost-spottable through the bushes in the background immediately surrounding the Stig.

    Stig/Nessie-spotters are therefore welcome to stay at my nearby hotel, in order to clear this mess up. Some rooms still available, book early to avoid disappointment.

    Bring your own towels.

  5. Yannick

    If the Stig had a mouth

    he'd probably protest against this "stigatisation".

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns


    Are you sure this is pixelation? It looks more like severe gravimetric distortions caused by the Stig's visor not being seated correctly. It's vitally important that the seal around the visor is tight otherwise he starts attracting objects with a mass below 0.46 tons per cubic metre from ranges of up to 31 yards.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      Stig safe gf

      My girlfriend is safe then!

      Paris, because the skinny bint was absent when god was handing out flab. Where as my misses went back for seconds.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Some Say

    That when you try to take his photograph he appears pixelated. Others that he's covered in compression artefacts.

    Or perhaps it's the health and safety police. That isn't a proper nomex race suit, so the HSE have had the picture blurred in case it encourages people to go racing in decorator's overalls.

  8. Anne Frank

    Some say.....

    he's got the power to pixellate all images of himself and that he's the real Loch Ness Monster

    all we know, he's called the Stig

  9. Jimmy Floyd

    Some say...

    Some say he moves so fast that digital cameras can only capture part of his image, being forced to pixellate the rest...

    ...and that all of his sperm look like Chuck Norris.

  10. Dibbles

    that has to be

    ...the worst pixelation ever. Unrequested privacy pixelation FIAL

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward



      1. Volker Hett

        But the FIA may be in this conspiracy, too

        What does Jean Todt do in his spare time?

        Mines the one with the keys for the red SLS in the pocket.

  11. cs94njw
    Thumb Up

    Some say...

    ... he IS the Loch Ness monster.

    Some say that if he fought the Loch Ness monster, the Loch Ness monster would lose and even buy him a pint afterwards.

    Some say, his use of the force makes camera cars drive on the other side of the road.

    All we know is... he's call The Stig.

  12. cs94njw

    Perhaps more importantly...

    ...if The Stig and Chuck Norris were in a fight, who'd win?

    1. Slappy

      Stig FTW


      after all, he could be Jack Bauer.

      Oh, slow news day? Wasn't this posted in the original Stig at Loch Ness article?

    2. Steve Swann

      Well, clearly....

      Chuck would win a *fight*, but surely the real question is who would win a race?!

    3. TeeCee Gold badge

      Fundamental problem there.

      You are assuming that The Stig is not actually Chuck Norris.

      Actually that would explain a lot now, wouldn't it?

  13. David John Walsh

    BBC Viral / Guerilla Marketing???

    no.....? oh well must just be me then......

  14. Frostbite

    That's why it's blurred

    The Stig was driving the Google cam car, that's why it's blurred.

  15. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

    Beam me up Clarkie

    see title

  16. Anonymous Coward

    It isn't blurred

    Your astigmatism is playing up, that's all. Return to your homes.

    1. lpopman

      titular admonishment

      erm, an astigmatism by itself does not blur vision, it just alters depth perception as the eyeball is distorted. Mine is that bad, I can't even drive as it is difficult to judge distance...

  17. P.Nutt

    Some Say

    That he prowls the shores of Lock Ness.................And that he controls the pixilation of all google images himself. All we know is he is called the Stig.

    1. Rasczak

      Lock Ness ?

      Just because the English can't pronounce it correctly, doesn't mean it is spelt like that.

      Now repeat 10 times, Ach and och, go to the loch

      Remember it is pronounced just like clearing your throat.

  18. petronivs


    In Soviet Scotland, The Stig pixellates Google!

  19. Anonymous Coward

    Something to hide

    But surely if Google has something to hide it means they have something to fear? As such, the bigger question is what does Google have to fear.

    Some say that he is the only thing that scares Google,

    all we know is that he's called The Stig.

  20. Valerion

    Some say

    He has complete control of his image rights...

    ... and that he can change things on Google by the power of thought.

  21. David Simpson 1


    It's actually Nessie's head and neck stuck through a Stig costume.

  22. Petrea Mitchell

    Google tried to remove him completely...

    ...but he has the power to resist, that's why he's just slightly pixilated.

  23. Petrea Mitchell

    Some say...

    ...that he compresses himself when startled, and that he knows the fastest Fourier transform in existence. All we know is...

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    for those

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