Google Doodle Mashup Spins Together George Ferris and Valentine’s Day

When a squid meets a bear, and a rabbit meets a whale, that's amore — at least in Google's mind.

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The wheels of love are constantly turning — you never know what you’re going to get. When a squid meets a bear, and a rabbit meets a whale, that’s amore — at least in Google’s mind.

Today’s Google Doodle pulls double-duty: it’s both Valentine’s Day and the 154th birthday of George Ferris, the inventor of the Ferris wheel. The letters of the Google logo take the shape of an amusement park, with Ferris’ invention at the heart of the image. The fairground staple has an inherent date-like quality, and today, cartoon animals play the Romeos (and Juliets) awaiting their match-making. Press the heart icon in the middle, and two love-struck animals will appear. Press it again, and a comic strip appears, showing them falling in love.

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Ferris, born on February 14, 1859 in Galesburg, Ill., was a civil engineer. He constructed the first Ferris wheel for the World’s Fair in Chicago. It seated 1,440 passengers — 40 people in 36 cars.

Google has a tradition of highlighting the amorous day in its February 14th doodles. On Valentine’s Day 2012, the search engine’s homepage played an animated video of a young boy’s search for the perfect gift for his sweetheart, to the tune of Tony Bennett’s “Cold, Cold Heart.”

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13 comments
thycynic
thycynic

I'm sorry, but not a single one of the animals appear overly/distinctively feminine and to my stupid eye they all look male. I highly doubt that there is some Google conspiracy in which they are trying to subtlety advocate homosexuality amongst cartoon animals. However, it would have been nice to see a distinct male and distinct female connection made on the Ferris Wheel. Yeah, I know it's a simple doodle to celebrate Ferris and Valentine's Day and I have wasted my time scrutinizing said doodle, but what's wrong with a male and female relationship? I mean it does makes biological sense, at least more sense than inter-species homosexual relationships. Can I get WOO WOO

JeffB
JeffB like.author.displayName 1 Like

@thycynicNone of them appear overly/distinctively masculine either. They are all gender-neutral. Nice try.

mrsloewenbirdwatch
mrsloewenbirdwatch

That was an octopus, not a squid, and  dolphin, not a whale.  I'm not sure if the person who wrote this article should have been allowed to move up from elementary school.

husvadt40
husvadt40

wow some people take things too serious its a cartoon! I loved it was funny I liked the tortoise and the hair and how the tortoise is late that killed me. Take it easy people!! I wish i could do some of these doodles for Google ive been trying to apply but nothing in waterloo

austin.t.barnett
austin.t.barnett

I didn't like it. They put everything in those pictures EXCEPT for a married man and woman. I'm not saying that homosexuals are bad people, but they don't need to put in a homosexual couple and not a heterosexual one. @TIME @google

timetraveler12
timetraveler12

@austin.t.barnett How did you get that impression. You can't tell the sex or their orientation from the cartoon animals. You must see something there.

TamaraNash
TamaraNash like.author.displayName 1 Like

Ummmmm yes they did. Bottom Left.

jdtweet_
jdtweet_

@TIME loving the amusement park! good work @google

retro_mojo
retro_mojo

This was cool today RT @TIME: Today's Google Doodle celebrates Valentine's Day and a certain amusement park ride | http://t.co/pRgKjbEr

sandyhem
sandyhem

That was a lovely little ditty......just goes to show that the simple heartfelt jesters are the the most romantic ones!!!....yeah coming from someone who doesn't even have a Valentine....aaaaawwww!!!

CherylMagill
CherylMagill like.author.displayName 1 Like

Happy Valentine's Day! “@TIME: Today's Google Doodle celebrates Valentine's Day and a certain amusement park ride | http://t.co/BXkPrw8j

AmyBehm
AmyBehm

Cute! At first I didn't understand why Google would have a pair of Ferris Wheels on Valentines, now I understand.  Don't any of the animal loves match? They all are different (i.e. zebra and crow).....