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10 Best Google Doodles Ever
What better way to say happy birthday than with a personalised doodle drawn by your own fair hand? Since its first Google Doodle in 1998, Google has been doing exactly this – except instead of delivering them in person, they’re hosted on the internet’s most visited website.
Once only dragged out to mark special occasions and notable anniversaries, Google’s illustrators are now rather more busy – with a new Google Doodle added almost every day. Here are ten of the best to feast your eyes over.
1. Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin may have died aged 88, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating his birthday. For his 122nd, Google paid homage to the movie legend with their own silent short, making for one of the most memorable doodles ever.
2. Les Paul
For Les Paul’s 96th birthday, Google gave the world the opportunity to create their own songs on a playable logo. Google claims that more than 5 years worth of music was created in the US alone (40 million songs) – here are 5 of the best rounded up by geek.com.
3. International Women’s Day
For International Women’s Day 2014, Google raised awareness with a collaborative message from inspiring women around the globe. The video included everyone from five-time world boxing champion Mary Kom to Dora the Explorer. See the full list of contributors here.
What better way to celebrate 30 years of Pac-Man than – well – playing Pac-Man. Few could resist revisiting the 80s classic on its anniversary in 2010.
5. Freddie Mercury
For Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday, Google created a stunning 90-second animation in honor of the late Queen frontman. They also got the band’s guitarist to talk about his friend and bandmate.
6. Robert Moog
If you thought the Les Paul Google Doodle was cool, then how about this playable Moog synthesiser in celebration of Robert Moog’s 78th birthday?
7. Burning Man
It might not be the smartest-looking in the list, but this doodle for Burning Man is significant for being the very first Google Doodle back in 1998. The concept came when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin attended the Burning Man festival in the Nevada Desert, placing a stick figure behind the ‘O’ to let users know they were out of office.
8. Rubik’s Cube
Google was transformed into a playable Rubik’s Cube for a day. What more do you need to know?
9. 2012 Olympics
Google Doodles were aplenty during the 2012 Olympics, with a host of interactive games in the style of vintage athletic game International Track and Field. The Canoe Slalom level was just one highlight – play it here.
10. Qixi Festival
Last but not least, some of the best Google Doodles are those that teach you something. In August 2013, this doodle for Qixi Festival (a bit like the Chinese Valentine’s Day) was an interactive way for users to learn about another kitchen. Take a look.