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Pegman – New Species

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw, which this week is in Fukushima, scene of the nuclear accident. While I’m not entirely happy writing a funny story in the wake of all that, options seemed limited. It’s a pretty lame and silly story anyway, to be honest.

Copyright Google


“Where is everybody?”

“Dunno. Maybe it’s a national holiday or something.”

“I figured there might be a carnival on, what with the barriers.”


“Yeah. While you were asleep we passed barriers on the road. There was no-one there so I just drove around.”

“Woah. Maybe we’re not supposed to be here.”

“We’re Google, dude. We’re supposed to be everywhere.”


High five.

“Let’s map the rest of these streets and get out of here. Hmm, my noses are bleeding.”

“That’s weird. My hair is falling out. Hey, you didn’t used to have two heads, did you?”

“Not not that that I I remember remember.”


High five.

“Hey, look. I have a third hand!”

Extra high five.

“There’s a bench. Let’s stop and have lunch.”

“Good idea. Don’t get your tail trapped in the door.”

And thus began the rise of… Homo Mutans!


  1. December 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    That is priceless! It hadn’t occurred to me what a challenge Pegman had done for the humorous writer, so sorry about that!

    I, too, wondered about that poor Google driver in the radioactive zone. You created a visual that’s going to stay with me!


    • December 5, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Ha, I tend to over-worry sometimes 🙂
      I was quite surprised that they sent someone in. I hope he/she made it out with the same number of bodily parts they started out with!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. December 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Awesome. You always surprise me. Really good job.


  3. December 4, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Excellent! Extra high five! 😀


  4. December 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    ok – so many brilliant little things.
    the way their speech was disrupted gradually emerged in –
    the humor with the high-fives
    the plausibility that Google employees would be getting the most remote roads – like of course they need to be everywhere – and then how that led to the mutations –
    and also – the banter and joviality continues as if there is no trauma and whatnot – kind of a fun dig on sometimes our being oblivious to things – lol


    • December 5, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Thanks! Yes, they seem to be taking it all in their stride 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed all the little bits and bobs of the story.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. December 4, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    “We’re Google, dude. We’re supposed to be everywhere.” That about sums it up, doesn’t it?!
    I thought your tale was hilarious!


    • December 5, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I thought of that and pretty much built the story around it, I was determined to get it in 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  6. December 5, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I’m glad to see a light approach for this prompt. High fifteen!


    • December 5, 2017 at 8:19 am

      I was determined not to do a disaster or aftermath story. Let’s face it, when I do the whole world inevitably suffers!


  7. December 5, 2017 at 11:13 am

    About time 😀 Great story as always. The high five detail was awesome.


    • December 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      New humans are sorely needed! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  8. December 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Dear Ali,

    I’d like to see this played on the big screen. What happens when one of those mutants with three eyes needs glasses? Whole new set of challenges. You make me laugh….in a good way.




    • December 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Ooh, yes – they do have challenges ahead! They already need an extra hat and glove 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  9. December 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Very funny. someone above has analysed it very well, lots of very clever elements. well done.


    • December 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! All those mutations in only 150 words 🙂


  10. December 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Ha! And who let Google have access to an abandoned town!

    We actually have one of those toxic ghost towns very near me… Times Beach, Missouri. Got completely bought out due to dioxin contamination over 30 years ago. I always thought it would be neat to wander through there…. especially if I could grow a tail.


    • December 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Give it a go! Who knows what exciting and useful appendages you could end up with.


  11. Jelli
    December 5, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Leave it to you… humor from disaster. This is a good story. One can just picture foreigners going past the barriers because they can’t read the warnings…then succumbing to radiation poisoning as a result. Could happen…probably has.


    • December 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

      I would probably think it read “Welcome to our lovely town” 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  12. December 6, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Whoa. I hope that location has been declared safe for limited amounts of time. It seems Google went there too soon. Good writing, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • December 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Yes, I was quite surprised! I think there are various zones depending on how close you are. I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  13. December 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Don’t they use self-driving vehicles for that now? Google must be behind the times. The extra high fives made me smile (with only one mouth). 😁


    • December 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      There’s no way any self-respecting self-driving vehicle is going to risk the hot zone 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. December 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Google survived 😉 Very funny :).


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