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The Wonderful World of Google Doodles

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

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A Cultural Icon


What intrigues, puzzles, teases, remembers, raises awareness, pays tribute, plays games, makes links and ultimately brings a smile to the dreary routine of everyday computer usage?

What started life as a quirky 'out of office' sign put up by the founders during their absence to attend a cultural festival (and to let users know that the site will run despite their absence)?

What can cause a lottery like sudden surge in traffic to an unsuspecting site or a webpage due to linkage to the subject matter at hand?

What is, in short, is a modern cultural icon?

Ladies, Gentlemen and Children I present to you, the wonderful world of the Google Doodles.

We'll trace its origins, variations, relevance and impact and in the course of this will also encounter the various stories it has come to generate since its inception in 1998.


The Birthplace of Google


Always wanting to break new ground, founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page created their now omnipresent search engine while studying at Stanford University. The primary idea was to organize the information from searches in a way different from the conventional model of counting search terms. They came up with a Page rank system.

They called this search engine 'Backrub' as it checked backlinks. However, when ambitions grew, they wanted a name that represented their vision of seeking hundreds of millions of users and links. The name 'Google' is a misspelling of the term 'Googol' which in mathematical terms is the number one followed by a hundred zeroes .

Sergey Brin created the first version of the logo using a computerised version of the letters. Later designer Ruth Kedar came on board was responsible for the modern version of the famous logo and its colour scheme.

As you can see from above the logo itself has been through three incarnations to the present one.

Google Doodle celebrating the Moon Landing

Google Doodle celebrating the Moon Landing

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Out of Office


In 1998 during the birthing of this nascent organisation Brin and Page wanted to go to the famous Burning man festival. They knew that their search engine was enjoying a steadily rising popularity and were confident that the servers will carry on regardless their absence. In a way of telling the users that they were away at the festival, they playfully incorporated the 'Burning Man' into the second 'o' of the Google logo.

The First ever Google doodle was born:

Sergey Brin's first Google doodle in 1998 about his trip to the Burning Man festival!

Sergey Brin's first Google doodle in 1998 about his trip to the Burning Man festival!

Logoing where no one has gone before...


Sergey and Larry got such a lot of feedback on their quirky ' burning man' doodle that they decided to do another one that year for Thanksgiving.


The absolute commandment about logo design is not to meddle with a logo and keep changing it. Wise people in marketing consider it a bad move in terms of branding. It is all about creating and maintaining brand identitiy and consistency.

However, Larry and Sergey were never ones to take 'no' for answer. They were more of a 'why not?' guys. Inspired by the public response,they hired external contractors to periodically do a Google doodle, usually celebrating a national festival.

In 2000, then Google intern Dennis Hwang designed a logo for Bastille day that was also a hit. Page and Brin installed Hwang as their chief doodler.

Dennis Hwang- Google's chief doodler

Dennis Hwang- Google's chief doodler

Global Phenomenon

The Google doodle grew in popularity associated with the company's meteoric rise and global status. A team of doodlers are employed to brainstorm, sketch and create doodles.

A doodle may be instituted:

  • to celebrate birthdays of Artists, scientists, inventors, writers, explorers, leaders and other memorable figures.
  • to commemorate a religious festival or a memorable date
  • to highlight events within the company- anniversaries, achievements
  • to highlight individual countries memorable days and religious festivals
  • to highlight cultural phenomenon and trends
  • to advertise global sports events like the Olympics, World cup etc.


Since its inception, every year the Google Doodle grows in stature and innovation. Fitting of its global presence, the doodles are tailored to suit the individual countries searchers as well as global themes.

Love Is Missing an 'l' !

Valentine's Day 2009- caused controversy as people thought the doodle team had left the 'L' out. They were inundated with forum posts! In fact the green L was the stem of the strawberry.

Valentine's Day 2009- caused controversy as people thought the doodle team had left the 'L' out. They were inundated with forum posts! In fact the green L was the stem of the strawberry.

Art and Artists

Celebrating classical and modern art blends easily with the ethos of Google Doodles. It allows the team to play with the Google imagery and incorporate artistic themes of world famous creators. Here are some of the examples of artists celebrated by the Google doodles. All images are found and searchable at the Google Doodle museum Doodles.

Here you can find all the Google doodles from the time of origin to present day, arranged chronologically. They also contain fascinating insights and notes on the doodle or the subject at hand.

Every year, the doodles expand their scope into a truly global outlook, celebrating local talent from various countries. Some logos may only have been visible to certain countries while others are used worldwide depending on popularity and wider awareness. Inviting guest designers, artists and animators has also become vogue.

Mexican Mural Artist Diego Rivera 's 125th birthday

Mexican Mural Artist Diego Rivera 's 125th birthday

Writers


The Doodle team celebrates world famous writers on their anniversaries. Every year the range and scope expands to incorporate notable writers from different parts of the world. Sometimes these are straightforward and sometimes they incorporate the writers famous creations and give clues to their identity.


Mimicking the famous radio broadcast of Orson Welles, the Doodle team created a series of Google doodles of a UFO 'abducting' the 'o' of the Google causing internet speculation. They later revealed it was to celebrate the birthday of HG Wells and his novel 'The War of the Worlds'.


Notable doodles also include an animated version of the submarine 'nautilus' ( 20,000 leagues under the sea ) that could be navigated using the cursor so we could see through the portholes. This was to celebrate the birthday of science fiction writer Jules Verne.

Science


Not forgetting the scientific advancements and the pioneers in science, the team also delivers science themed doodles. This is to celebrate birthdays of scientists and anniversaries of key inventions and discoveries.


Notable doodles include the well known such as Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Gregor Mendel to the relatively obscure Nicolas Steno- father of modern geology, Robert Noyce the inventor of the microchip etc.


Scientific inventions and discoveries such as photography, Flight, X-ray, Daguerrotype, Vitamin C, Laser, Space Flight are all also celebrated.

Google Celebrates SF stalwart Stanislaw Lem's birthday

Interactive and Animated


As the popularity of the doodles became well established, the team gets more and more ambitious. As you can see from the above example, the doodles have started to become mini masterpieces of art and interaction themselves.


Whether it is celebrating the birthday of comedienne Lucille Ball, the wonderful world of Charlie Chaplin or paying tribute to Freddie Mercury, the genius guitar maker Les Paul- new possibilities of animation and interaction have revealed little gems of delight.


Commissioning some talented animators or doing it in house, these short films/animations/games have been a big it among internet users.

Asterix and Obelix

Asterix and Obelix

Tribute to choreographer Martha Graham

Martha Graham



Animator/Designer Ryan Woodward was asked to contribute a short animation as a doodle tribute to ace choreographer Martha Graham. The end result is an amazing piece of art that captures the spirit of dance. This short created a sensation when it was launched and remains one of the firm favourites of the animated doodles.

Wallace and Gromit

Wallace and Gromit

Tribute to John Lennon

John Lennon


For John Lennon's 70th birthday anniversary, The doodle team released this wonderful animation/music short with a clip of Lennon's 'Imagine' playing in the background.

This is beautifully animated with simple line drawings against the white background. Elegant, memorable and inventive.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street

Sesame Street


As a tribute to Jim Henson, an interactive muppet menagerie appeared on Google logo. Each character had a button to animate them individually and there was a little twist to the tale!

In a true spirit of internet creativity, a Youtube user has taken this concept and made a music video that is hilarious. Don't miss the gruesome ending on this one!

A tribute to Anna Pavlova

A tribute to Anna Pavlova

Tribute to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury


One of my favourites is the tribute to singer, songwriter, all round hellraiser and genius Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Backed by his 'Don't stop me now' track, this animation soars and glimmers much like Freddie's own outrageous antics on the stage and in his music videos.

A superb work of art.

Guest Designer and horror maestro Wes Craven does Halloween

Guest Designer and horror maestro Wes Craven does Halloween

Les Paul Guitar

Les Paul Guitar

Moog synthesizer

Moog synthesizer

Pacman

Pacman

Interactive Gumby show

My favorite Interactive playable doodles


There are a few doodles that transcend absolute height of creativity :

Musician and inventor Les Paul's 96th birthday saw the arrival of a fully functioning electric guitar as the logo. You can play the strings and even record the music clip! Have a go yourself at the Doodle museum website here: LES PAUL GUITAR

The 1960s turned the music world around when Dr Robert Moog invented the analog synthesiser. A whole range of new possibilities opened up and saw a new wave of music emerge. These sounds have been used in the sixties and seventies by all the popular music acts. On his 78th birthday the logo became a fully functioning Moog synthesiser with all the knobs and keys. Have a go here: MOOG SYNTHESISER


For the 30th anniversary of Pacman- the ultimate tribute came in the form of a palyable Pacman game as the doodle. The 'I'm feeling lucky' button became 'insert coin'. Enjoy a game of Doodle Pacman here: PACMAN


Celebrating animator Art Clokey's Gumby show, the doodlers created an interactive claymation delight that is fun to play with. See the video here -->

Celebrating Sydney Harbor Bridge

Celebrating Sydney Harbor Bridge

Unexpected Bonus

A Google Doodle could create unprecedented views to your site if the theme of the doodle matched the content of the webpage/site!

Two doodles that increased hub traffic for me!

Peter Carl Fabergé 166th anniversary May 30th 2012

Peter Carl Fabergé 166th anniversary May 30th 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Doodle4Google


The design team seeks involvement of children all around the world and run annual 'Doodle4Google' competitions. The children are invited to submit their own designs for a google doodle and the winning design will be pictured on the search engine in their country. This has been running for the past few years.


The children show amazing range and depth of creativity as is to be expected. Kudos to Google for inspiring new talent for future creators. Here are some winners from the various countries over the years


If you'd like to submit your own design or have ideas for future design you can e-mail them to the design team at proposals@google.com . As expected the team probably receives hundreds of ideas every day - but if you don't try you'll never know if your idea was worth something.


So there you have it. If you wonder how inspiration struck me, I had written a hub on Fabergé eggs last Easter. It was getting some steady trickle of views and suddenly on May 30th the views started climbing drastically to over a thousand overnight. I was completely mystified until I realised Google had added a Fabergé eggs doodle to celebrate the birthday of the great jeweller Carl Fabergé. I then researched the doodles and realised such links could create unprecedented views to your site if the theme of the doodle matched the content of the webpage/site. I also realised that earlier this month my 'mother's day' themed hubs started getting huge traffic and I didn't at that time link this to the Google doodle's blessings!


Thank you Google doodlers- May your work continue for long and I eagerly will await your future innovations!


Celebrating 40 years of Comic Con

Celebrating  40 years of Comic Con - art by Jim Lee

Celebrating 40 years of Comic Con - art by Jim Lee

The Google Doodle Quiz : Look at the Picture selection Below

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In Doodle number One which country is celebrating its independence day?
    • India
    • Ghana
    • Azerbaijan
  2. In Doodle number Two what festival is being celebrated?
    • Chinese Kite Festival
    • Australian day of the Dead
    • Mexican dia de los muertos
  3. In Doodle number Three which toy is celebrating its 50th anniversary?
    • Meccano
    • Pablo
    • Lego
  4. In Doodle number Four which composer and child prodigy is being honored?
    • Bach
    • Mozart
    • Vivaldi
  5. In Doodle number Five which popular bear is travelling from Peru?
    • Winnie the Pooh
    • Teddy
    • Paddington
  6. Doodle number Six celebrates which female author who created a famous monster?
    • Mary Shelley
    • Stephenie Meyer
    • Emily Brontë
  7. In Doodle number Seven which Hindu festival is depicted?
    • Diwali
    • Holi
    • Sankranti
  8. In Doodle number Eight which monster is seen emerging?
    • Oreo Monster
    • Cookie Monster
    • Milky Monster
  9. In Doodle number Nine what gives this character his strength?
    • Olive Oil
    • Turnip
    • Spinach
  10. In Doodle number Ten which artists work is represented?
    • Keith Haring
    • Banksy
    • Picasso

Answer Key

  1. India
  2. Mexican dia de los muertos
  3. Lego
  4. Mozart
  5. Paddington
  6. Mary Shelley
  7. Holi
  8. Cookie Monster
  9. Spinach
  10. Keith Haring

Charlie Chaplin Doodle

Comments

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on February 08, 2015:

Mohan,

I've returned to read your terrific article another time. Thanks for all the research you did and time you spent writing this Hub.

Mike Robbers from London on September 27, 2013:

Wonderful, fun and really beautiful hub! The Google Doodles are simply amazing and you did a great job here!

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on May 09, 2013:

Awesome Docmo. This must have taken you months to accomplish. Voted up and across, and I'm going to have to save your hub so that I can peruse all of the hubs. Fascinating.

Mary Craig from New York on May 08, 2013:

What a great idea! Mohan, you blow me away with your topics and I think this one is just totally amazing. We see the Google Doodle everyday but never think of it collectively. As always your research is impeccable making this a fun and educational hub!

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 18, 2012:

I love those Google doodles, I look forward to seeing what they will do to the Google logo on any special occasion.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on November 18, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

I had to read your brillaint article another time and share it with my followers. Well done, polymath!

Mike Robbers from London on October 29, 2012:

Great hub Docmo and quite informative.. I love google's doodles and really thanks for enlightening me on this subject! btw the best google doodle ever, I believe it was at Robert Moog's 78 birthday, I appreciated this huge company so much after doing this:

http://laurentmunier.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/bret...

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on October 29, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

I came back to read your terrific article once again. I am so impressed with the amount of work you put into creating this Hub. Well done!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on September 09, 2012:

@Sunshine- if there is an award for a hubber who most loves my hub and comes back to visit it regularly - like a painting in a gallery- it goes to Sunshine.Whether this puts a smile on your face or not your visit to this hub always puts a smile on mine... a sunny smile!

My hub makes sunshine smile. Awesome.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 09, 2012:

Stopping by to visit with the Google Doodles! Always a guaranteed smile with this hub! :)

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on August 25, 2012:

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Oh, how I especially loved John Lennon and Freddie Mercury's tributes. This warrants a return visit to fully appreciate the meaningful detail and passion you have put into this kewl subject. Voted Up & all.

Happiest of Birthdays, Mohan. Hugs, Maria

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 25, 2012:

(8/26) Happy Birthday Doc-Mo!

sankari.nayagam on August 23, 2012:

That was a well-researched and well-presented hub! My favorite was the Les paul guitar- interactive playable doodle. I felt you are another google - your hubs cover varied subjects and that too it is presented in a more professional way! Though I may not get the answers that I wanted when I read your hubs but I get some knowledge about new things and above all get some inspiration to write more. This hub was so awesome that now whenever I see a google doodle, I'm going to remember your hub!

Voted up and Awesome! Sharing it!

Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on August 23, 2012:

Awesome hub Docmo. I'm going to have to go back for a second look at all of the cool Google Art. Amazing! Glad you enlightened me on the subject through your hub!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on August 23, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

I came back to read this article another time and share it with my followers once again.

Thank you for the incredible amount of effort you put into creating this fantastic Hub.

Danette Watt from Illinois on August 15, 2012:

Cool hub! One of my favorites was also the guitar. The recent Olympics gave us doodles to play and fritter away some time. Voted up

Dana Strang from Ohio on August 15, 2012:

A coworker of mine turned me on to the Google doodles. Now I check every day even if I have nothing to look up. They are so much fun. And educational. If I am not familiar with the subject I always take a minute to educate myself.

you do and excellent job of presenting the history of the doodles and pointing out their finer points.

I will be sharing this with my friend.

you have such a way of making learning interesting and enjoyable. Thank you!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 07, 2012:

I'm stopping by my happy place to say "What's up doc?" :))

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on August 07, 2012:

Hi Docmo, Wow, really loved this - so interesting and many brought back memories! The doodles I always look forward to from Google and it is a fab idea for a hub! You have put so much work and research into this so bravo, great job! Love today's interactive Olympic Hurdler!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on August 07, 2012:

Mohan , an excellent doodle today with an Olympic theme brought me back to this wonderful hub...shared again :o)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 07, 2012:

I really didn't have an hour to spend today on one Hub! Thanks to you and your creativity, I just did that! I can't say enough about this Hub or just the right adjectives....I loved all the info and the videos.

I swear you are a genius, but I guess you know that already.

I voted this UP, etc.etc. and will share.

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on July 26, 2012:

Awesome +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Thank you for making my week.

iefox5 on July 25, 2012:

Some Google Doodles are very interesting and informative.

MonetteforJack from Tuckerton, NJ on July 25, 2012:

So true! Your hub is awesome and awespiring!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 12, 2012:

I think we need a Google Doodle for perfection timing!!:)

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 12, 2012:

What wonderful timing- I just published that rain song I promised you. Hope you like it... Thanks for the support, sunshine.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 12, 2012:

Awesome hub! Had to stop by and say hello to one of my favorite hubs and hubber!:)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 07, 2012:

I really don't know what to say! You did a fabulous job on this Hub. Must have taken you a long time to get all this info. I just spent about 45 min watching the videos.

Great job, I voted it UP, etc.etc.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 07, 2012:

I will be honest and knew of these, but not what they were called. I have seen quite a few of them and totally remember and cannot forget the Sesamhe Street one. You did a fantastic job on this hub, such a wealth of information on this topic and of course voting up and sharing.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 07, 2012:

Thanks for this really captivating look at google doodles, docmo. Have always wondered how they change almost every day and you've answered that so well! Thanks for the really interesting insights!

carriethomson from United Kingdom on June 28, 2012:

This hub is full of fun and creative google doogles ........some are very good, some are funny and some are creative

thanks for the great hub

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on June 27, 2012:

Oh, this hub is TOO COOL! I first became interested in Google's Doodles earlier this year when I found out that Google will do an "April Fool's Trick" on it's main site on April 1. I loved seeing all the doodles...and now it makes me want to submit one of my own doodles to Google and see what happens. :D Thanks for sharing this!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 21, 2012:

Daisy, I'm glad my hub is working as a pick-me-up. Try reading some of the Imp's visits. They may cheer you up too! thank you for the re-visit.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on June 21, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

I needed to read something lighthearted today that would cheer me up, so I came back to read your fantastic Hub another time.

Thanks for all the work you put into creating this article.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 12, 2012:

Thank you YadiraE- much appreciated!

YadiraE from Puerto Rico on June 09, 2012:

I love this hub!!!! I love Google Doodles!!!! I didn't know the story behind it. Thank you for teaching me!!!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 09, 2012:

Christy, moiz17 and GDRshop - appreciate your visit and comments. I am glad you enjoyed this.

GDRshop on June 09, 2012:

Oh.. so that's what Google Doodles are.. I never knew what they were until I read this

moiz17 from Karachi, Pakistan on June 08, 2012:

This is such a great hub. I never knew the history of this. I remember the 2009 Valentine's Day Google Doodle. Created quite a bit of uproar even though it was evident that the L was present as the stem. Great Hub

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 08, 2012:

This is an awesome hub Docmo! I liked the Jim Henson logo when that came out. I enjoyed learning about why Google is called "Google" and how the logos came to be. I am going to share here on HubPages and also on Google+. Take care.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 08, 2012:

Barbara, really appreciate your comments. Thank you!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 08, 2012:

Barbara, really appreciate your comments. Thank you!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 08, 2012:

Pamela, thank you! I'm glad I stumbled on something that is new and informative!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 08, 2012:

Martie, I am delighted that you like this. Thanks for your vote and support.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 07, 2012:

Steve, thanks for your gist and comments mate.

b. Malin on June 07, 2012:

So what can I add to all these Fabulous Comments...This Hub of yours Docmo, was such a Wonderful, as well as Education read! I feel so enlightened! I too am a first time visitor, and now look forward to Following your Hubs!

Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on June 06, 2012:

Wow! What an in-depth hub this is! It was really interesting. There's so much I didn't know on here -- just about everything, actually. Voting way up.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 06, 2012:

Very interesting and arty, Docmo. From now on I will surely appreciate Google logos more. Voted up, informative and well presented.

Steve Mitchell from Cambridgeshire on June 05, 2012:

Docm, hi

Thanks for this hub about Google Doodles. I really must take more time from now on to look at these when I open my browser. Great job.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 05, 2012:

@Denise - thanks for your visit and rating - and calling it 'way cool' - love it!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 05, 2012:

@Elle- if there was a Doodle-o-holics anonymous, I'll be int next chair to you in the circle. My name is mohan and I am a google doodle addict too. Amen.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 05, 2012:

@moviemaster- thanks for appreciating the effort- it makes it all worthwhile.

@Jools99 I am sure the time spent was enjoyable and informative- appreciate your visit.

@John- you've certainly brightened up my day!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 05, 2012:

@Ruby- I really wanted to include the Lennon, mercury and Martha graham tributes- gld you found them as enjoyable as I did!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 05, 2012:

@Amy - your comments always warm my heart and this is no exception. I'm sitting on the deck of this ship looking out over Copenhagen skyline and smiling widely at how you always 'get' what I try to do with these hubs. Thank you!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 05, 2012:

@ishwarya- thanks for the visit- I'm glad it was an enjoyable one!

@drbj- you know me - can't just leave a subject without covering as many angles as I can! Thank you my dear.

@keith- yes, Google has so become intertwined with our online lives and doodles are just another facet of this phenomenon.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 05, 2012:

@Vellur- thanks .

@Mhatter- thanks for the visit.

@onlooker- glad it helps to understand the basis of the doodles.

@linda- this was my experience too- I actually googled and came up with no single article that explained everything- so I thought I'll make one of my own!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 05, 2012:

@Daisy- thanks for being the first to visit and comment!

@billybuc- thank you!

@Natashalh- thanks for the visit.

@Kris heeter - glad you found this useful!

@sgbrown- informative and enjoyable is my motto! Thank you.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 04, 2012:

I remember learning about the googol in math in H.S. I love Google Doodles and, as usual, you are never short on words. This is an amazing hub and so full of interesting information it is a delight to read. Rated up and across! Way cool!

RedElf from Canada on June 04, 2012:

You do realize that I had to spend the last half-hour checking out every single Google doodle on your hub! You should get some kind of record for viewer-time-spent on this one! I was enchanted with Martha Graham and John Lennon animated doodles (my favs so far) and spent far too much time playing with the Moog synthesizer. Love the Faberge eggs, though. I eagerly await a new doodles. Hi, my name is Elle and I'm a Google doodle addict.

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on June 04, 2012:

A FANTABULOUS HUB, Docmo. Many thanks for brightening up my day - and life.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on June 04, 2012:

Docmo, what a brilliant hub. I've just spent a fun 15 minutes looking at all of the videos and reading the article, great!

Voted up etc and shared n pinned.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

What a great insight into the world of google doodles - they each have their own identity and are so unique to the occasion, it was great to learn more about them!

Thank you for all your hard work and research into putting together a great hub.

Voted up/awesome

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 02, 2012:

This is another fantastic hub. The history of doodling is so interesting. I enjoyed them all, but the John Lennon tribute was priceless, also the missing L for Valentine's day was very clever. Your research and ability to put this all together is beyond brilliant! Thank you Doc.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on June 02, 2012:

Sheer genius and imagination courtesy of Google and Docmo. Rarely, do I come across something I read where I am taken by surprise and left so inspired and astounded by the magic that the whole package holds. Your piece, Docmo, taught me a cornucopia of facts I did not know. I am amazed at everything from the Google name and its origin to the globally recognizable topical doodles. It's not often, aside from the genius of language, do I see the brilliant forethought that went into and continues in Google. Without any intent of sacrilege, I am reminded of "In the beginning"...

It also just struck me, (O.K., I'm slow) that your topics on language fall into the same category of genius that never ceases to humble me. Your pieces teach me things I never knew, Docmo, not the least being that were it not for the genius that, throughout the ages, were the inspiration of communication, leading up to what we enjoy today. Your innate understanding of the topics you present, tells me you are an innovative leader and teacher, Mohan, right up there amongst the best of minds. Thank you

KDuBarry03 on June 02, 2012:

Very interesting anthology of Google and their doodles. it is so intertwined into our world that people forget where and how it started. Even I didn't know until you brought up these facts. Well done!

-KD

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 02, 2012:

What a stroke of genius, Docmo, to present this amazing hub on the Google doodles and acquaint us with some of their unusual history. Who Knew? Not me before I read this outsdanding educational article. Thank you, m'dear.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 02, 2012:

Wow! What a well-researched and wonderfully-presented hub filled with exciting doodle pictures and interesting videos! I like Google doodles and they keep on getting more and more advanced in terms of design and innovation. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Awesome and Interesting. Socially Shared.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 02, 2012:

The history of the Google Doodle is fantastic! I'm always intriqued as to what doodle will be displayed and wondered who the mastermind was, but I never took the time to Google the answer! LOL Now thanks to you I don't have to!:)

onlooker on June 02, 2012:

I have always enjoyed Google doodles, brilliant ideas. I recall a musical one that was so much fun, don't exactly know what that was for though. Awesome hub Mohan, thank you.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 01, 2012:

Thank you for this enjoyable article

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 01, 2012:

Cool hub, enjoyed reading. Voted up and shared.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 01, 2012:

I have long enjoyed pulling up Google each morning to see what they have come up with. This is a very interesting and informative hub. Great job! Voted up. Have a great day! :)

Kris Heeter from Indiana on June 01, 2012:

What a fun hub! I'm with @Natashalh, I had no idea there were some many!

Natasha from Hawaii on June 01, 2012:

I had no idea there were so many Google Doodles (or that they had a name). Thanks for putting this together!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2012:

What a great hub! I knew nothing about any of this. Thanks for sharing such a well-researched and well-written hub.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on June 01, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

I think the Google Doodles are great. You obviously put quite a bit of time into compiling the images.

Thanks for publishing this article. What a fun Hub!

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