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Google marks Valentine’s day, George Ferris’ birthday with two-in-one doodle

Written on:February 14, 2013
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Google Doodle today

Google posts an interactive homepage as a mark of Valentine’s Day

Google has made an animated colourful doodle to mark the Valentine’s Day and the 154th birthday of George Ferris famous for inventing the Ferris Wheel. Google celebrates the day of love coupled with the birth of a genius in its interactive two-in-one doodle. Celebrating Valantine’s Day which is observed on February 14 every year across the world, Google doodle features 16 characters narrating 10 love stories that can be viewed by pressing the button with love sign.

The Google doodle has an amusement park in the background with two Ferris wheels in the spotlight. Pushing a heart button on the doodle spins the wheels and brings up pictures of animals, who then appear going on dates. These two form the two O’s in the word Google, while there’s a roll-coaster that represent the G, there’s also kart ride that looks like an eight but is the second G, followed by L in the form of a tower and the E in the shape of the Merry-go-round.

There is a heart in the centre of the Google doodle as well and when you click on it, you can view different love stories of the 16 different animal characters. When  you press the button, the Ferris wheels rotate and a picture of one of the ‘couples’ appears with their love story. There is one doodle featuring the Rabbit and Dolphin, which is super cute. The Rabbit pulls out a bouquet for the Dolphin from the hat, but the Dolphin does not like that. So he pulls out a fish for the Dolphin, making it a perfect love story.

Another funny doodle is where the Bear takes the Octopus out on a date to a Sushi Bar. But the Octopus can’t eat with the chopsticks and sulks. The Fox is the only animal with no date this Valentine’s Day and happy to put up its feet at home whiling away time by watching TV, depicting millions of singles across the world.

The other celebrated entity on Google Doodle today is George Ferris, famous for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. Born on February 14, 1859, in Galesburg, Illinois, George Ferris pursued his graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The directors of the exhibition wanted a monument for the fair that would surpass the Eiffel Tower and that’s how George Ferris came up with his idea of a wheel which visitors would be able to view the entire exhibition.

Also known as the Chicago Wheel, the Ferris Wheel was designed with a height of 80.4 metres (264 ft) to compete the 1889 Paris Exposition’s 324-metre (1,063 ft) Eiffel Tower. It had 36 passenger cars with 40 revolving chairs making it possible to accommodate 60 people. George Ferris died of Typhoid fever in November 22, 1896 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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