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Today’s Google Doodle Designed by 11-Year-Old New Yorker

Ms. Zhang, after learning she'd won. (Screengrab: YouTube)

When we opened Google’s homepage this morning, we noticed today’s Doodle was one of the most colorful and intricate we’d ever seen. Then we learned it was designed by an 11-year-old.

For the past seven years, Google has hosted an annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which asks kids from kindergarden to 12th grade to design an invention that would make the world a better place. This year’s winner — chosen from more than 100,000 submissions — was 11-year-old Audrey Zhang from New York. Read More

David vs. Googliath

D’oh: Google Deletes Non-D-Day Doodle

Somber. (Screengrab via Google)

There are certain events every American person is supposed to remember. D-Day, which is today, is one of them.

Since corporations can be legally considered people here in the USA, they, too, are supposed to remember this stuff, by penalty of public mocking. Today, Google did not manage to hold up their end of the bargain. They forgot D-Day and accidentally honored the birthday of Honinbo Shusaku, a Japanese Go player who was born June 6, 1829, Ars Technica reports. Read More


Happy 153rd Birthday, Jane Addams: Google Is Maybe Running Out of Doodle Ideas


Google’s daily doodles often commemorate such worthy occasions as Malaysian Independence Day and Dr. Seuss’s birth. Some days, though, they leave us wondering if there is a secret committee of dads picking Doodle subjects. Today is one of those days.

On this lovely Friday, the Goog opted not to observe the official first day of being able to wear a pair of god-damn pants without breaking a sweat for Pete’s sake. Instead, they commemorated one of the most obscure occasions ever: Nobel prize winner Jane Addams’s 153rd birthday. Read More