Literary types may like to check out today’s Google Doodle which features the colourful likenesses of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in celebration of what would be iconic American author Mark Twain’s 176th birthday.
The Doodle is unmissable, spanning the entire page at the top of your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or surfing software of choice, Tom and Huck appear in a scene borrowed from the famous novel ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ by Twain – named Samuel Clemens at his birth on November 30th, 1835. Incidentally Twain was born during a passing by Haley’s Comet and claimed he ‘would go out’ to same way.
As for the reference in today’s Doodle – in the 19th century story scene, the lads paint a fence but this is the 21st century and the familiar scene gets a Google twist with the Mississippi mischief makers actually whitewashing over the trademark Big G logo!
Google’s Doodles have become the talk of offices everywhere since the company began employing them infrequently in 2000 to celebrate seasons and American holidays. Since that time it’s not uncommon to find a new Doodle every week or so, with Google’s search engine recently featuring artwork honouring the Noble Prize winning scientist who discovered Vitamin C, Albert Szent-Györgyi, as well as instrumental guitar hero Les Paul.