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The First Google Doodle Was Invented When Larry Page and Sergey Brin Went to Burning Man

Never forget.
Chilled out festivalgoers Sergey Brin (left) and Larry Page. (Photo: Getty)

Chilled out festivalgoers Sergey Brin (left) and Larry Page. (Photo: Getty)

The always-uplifting Google doodle is especially warm and fuzzy today, offering real-life love stories arranged in a cluster of candy hearts.

TIME created this behind-the-scenes video of the Feb. 14 doodle’s inception, and upon watching it, Betabeat was reminded of this fun fact: Google doodles only exist because Larry Page and Sergey Brin just had to go to Burning Man one year.

Sixteen years ago, the two bounced for Burning Man and quirkily notified their staff via doodle on the homepage. Was email already passé in 1998?!

Either way, we’d love to know how they occupied themselves at the festival. Did they create some 3D garbage art then set it on fire under the supervision of festival personnel? Did they listen to Queens of the Stone Age? Did they trip balls?

And most of all, did they run into Tyler Winklevoss?

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