Google Doodles – So That’s What They’re Called! February 20, 2012Posted by alwaysjan in Worth Knowing.
Tags: Changes to Google Logo, Google Doodle Museum, Google Doodles, Google Logo, Google logo on merchandise, Gregor Mendel, Jeopardy, Jeopardy categories, Popular Culture
I’m proposing a new category for Jeopardy – Google Doodles! I can just see Alex Trebek. in his ever-knowing voice saying, “For $500…This doodle was to honor….?” If you answered Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, you’d be smokin’ hot (and $500 richer).
I love it when Google does that name change thing, which I’ve come to learn is called a Google Doodle. The first doodle was created in 1998 when Goggle founders Larry and Sergey attended the Burning Man festival in Nevada and did a stick drawing of a man behind the second “o” in Google to indicate they were “out of the office.”
Since then, over 1000 doodles have been created, and the field is open to Google Doodle wannabes.
On Doddle4Goggle, students are invited to submit original artwork around the theme, “If I could travel in time, I ‘d visit…” The winner’s art will not only be featured on Google’s homepage, but on a limited edition of Crayola’s 64-Crayon boxes (How I used to covet those!).
I love that sometimes you have to guess what the doodle is about. Like with the tribute for Les Paul’s 96th birthday. I had to google (verb) Google (noun) to find out what was going on. But how cool is it to be able to play the virtual guitar? Even cooler was the Goggle Doodle marking the Egyptian Election in 2011.
But wait, there’s more! Did you know that your favorite Google Doodle is available on merchandise? Oh yeah. You can visit the Google Doodle Museum to check out all of the doodles and the Doodle Store, where many of the doodles are available on t-shirts, mugs, and bags. Who knew?