Love ’em or hate ’em, Google is an undeniably geeky company. So when some of the world’s biggest computer nerds get their geek on, some pretty cool stuff can happen.
Stuff like the “Google Doodle,” aka the stylized home page logo that Google occasionally produces to commemorate a historic day or event. There have been hundreds of Doodles since the company launched in 1998, and Noemi’s post this week about the interactive Les Paul Doodle inspired me to search through the Doodle archives for the 25 geekiest Google Doodles ever.
October 29, 2009: French publisher Asterix Comics got the Doodle treatment for its 50th anniversary.
April 7, 2008. Astro Boy.
October 7, 2009: Made to celebrate the invention of the bar code.
July 23, 2009: DC Comics’ Jim Lee created this Doodle to commemorate Comic-Con International. (Click on the image to make it bigger.)
September 15, 2009: Crop circles.
March 6, 2011: Will Eisner’s 94th birthday.
April 12, 2011: First man in space.
September 10, 2008: Large Hadron Collider.
September 21, 2009: H.G. Wells’ birthday.
June 5, 2010: 110th birthday of Dennis Gabor, the father of holography.
September 6, 2010: This interactive particle logo was used to celebrate the launch of Google Instant.
February 8, 2011: Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday. Interactive.
May 16, 2008: commemorating the invention of the first laser.
January 28, 2008: 50th anniversary of the LEGO brick. Google’s founders are big LEGO fans (as we are).
August 30, 2010: 213th birthday of Mary Shelley, writer of Frankenstein.
July 20, 2009: 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
March 14, 2010: Pi Day.
July 4, 2010: Rube Goldberg’s birthday.
April 23, 2004: For a European Catholic holiday (St. George’s Day), that is one geeky logo. Come on, there’s a knight and a dragon!
July 10, 2009: Nikola Tesla’s birthday.
June 6, 2009: 25th anniversary of Tetris.
September 5, 2009: Mulder and Scully would be proud. This one celebrates “unexplained phenomenon.”
May 22, 2006: Let’s hear it for the great detective! Celebrating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday.
October 4, 2004: SpaceShipOne wins the X-Prize.