Happy birthday, Google. What good is a birthday without fun and games?
That is apparently the thinking of Google, which on Wednesday celebrates its 19th birthday in a numeric symmetry. Google has culled together some of the search giant’s most memorable interactive doodles from the past 19 years and presented them to you in a carnival prize wheel.
By spinning the wheel, you can relive some of the more entertaining interactive doodles of the past nearly two decades, including a musical puzzle that celebrated Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th birthday, a fully functional version of the iconic 1980s video game Pac-Man, and last year’s Halloween doodle, which scared up an adorable black cat as she tries to save her school of magic from sinister spirits.
If you are in a more creative mood, perhaps the wheel will stop at the selection for filmmaker and abstract animator Oskar Fischinger, which allows you to visually compose music by selecting dots on an 11×16 grid.
If you don’t find something that appeals to you, try out Google’s new snake game, which is harder and more fun than it initially appears.
In 1997, Google’s co-founder Larry Page arrived at Stanford University in order to pursue a PhD in computer science. In an act of random coincidence, Google’s other co-founder, Sergey Brin, was assigned to show Larry Page around the campus. This was the chance encounter that started the entire Google phenomena.
Both the geniuses, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, came together and started to develop a common goal: to organise the entire world’s information and make this organisation into something that is useful and accessible to everybody in the world. This mantra went on to become Google’s mission statement.
The name ‘Google’, it is interesting to know, is named after the number “Googol”, which is basically the number 1 followed by a hundred zeroes! This number holds ever-increasing significance for Google as the search engine increasingly moves closer and closer to its namesake, since Google now serves more than 4.5 billion users in 160 countries speaking 123 languages worldwide.
There is an interesting history of the Google Doodle itself. It is said that in 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin drew a stick figure behind the second ‘O’ of Google. This meant to signify that they were not in office and were in the Burning Man festival instead. They decided that this could be an interesting way to mark cultural moments and Google users found this to be interesting as well. Thus, the Google Doodle was born.