Freddie Mercury was born 65 years ago today. Google currently have a wonderful doodle in honour of the occasion. Google was 13 years old yesterday. What does this all mean? That I have an excuse to look at Google doodles. So here they are, some of the highlights of this online institution.
1. The very first Google doodle.
Reminding us that Google wasn’t always a multi-billion dollar company, the first ever Google doodle was one in honour of the alternative festival Burning Man.
Google have paid homage to various artists over the years including Monet, Picasso and Salvador Dali. This tribute to Edvard Munch, mimicking his famous ‘The Scream’ painting is a classic example.
In a move that is probably responsible for more lost working hours than any other, Google pay tribute to Pac-Man with this interactive Google doodle. Click on it if you want to find out why. (This blog post is really an excuse to post this doodle.)
The US city of Topeka intended to change its name to Google to try to convince them to roll out their ulta-high speed internet connection there. Google may not have chosen them, but they returned the favour, changing their logo to Topeka for April Fool’s day. Check out their other April Fool’s pranks.
The above example might just have been a prank, but Google (maybe for the sake of artistic freedom but probably to show they are the kings of the internet and don’t even need to put their own name on their website) sometimes like to have doodles that don’t really say Google… or at least you have to squint very hard. And quite often you’re not sure what the doodle is celebrating (in this case it’s Oktoberfest).Tags:Google+