Google has launched its 2013 Doodle 4 Google contest, which invites students K through 12 in the United States to enter for a chance at a $30,000 scholarship. This year's theme? "My Best Day Ever..." The winning student will have his or her drawing displayed on the Google homepage in addition to the scholarship and grant awards.
If you've made your way to Google's homepage today, then you undoubtedly were greeted with a delicious-looking chocolate cake with 14 candles standing on top of it. Today is Google's 14th birthday. It's hard to believe that they've been around for that long, but the company has indeed made an insurmountable amount of progress since their inception.
If you're a fan of the original Star Trek series, especially its role in modern science fiction history as well as television history, you'll be glad to see Google's newest Doodle, celebrating the birth of the series. It was on the 8th of September, 1966, that the show first broadcast its opening sequence, and set off "Where No Man Has Gone Before". The doodle was headed by Google's Ryan Germick who spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the situation, noting that it was Google's talk of a talking computer who could "get exactly what you want and have that kind of engagement, where the computer just knows all" just as it is in the Star Trek universe - thus this celebration was born.
Prepare to lose your morning to some frantic keyboard-bashing: Google's latest homepage doodle takes the Olympics as its inspiration and classic gaming as its theme. The game, variously being called Google Jump or Google Hurdles, basically involves guiding a hurdler along his course, with the arrow buttons controlling his legs and the spacebar jumping over the obstacles in the way.
Googlers love their mothers, and so the search engine couldn't let Mother's Day go past without celebrating it in the search giant's traditional doodle way. Up on the homepage today is a cute animation showing a pair of young "o's" rushing to give momma "g" a flower; Google has even managed to avoid throwing in some AdWords links to florists or Jimmy Choo.
This week the Starcraft fans amongst us are being treated to Google's newest Easter Egg hidden in their own fun-loving search engine - newest as in there's a whole lot more where that came from. Google has for years added little bits of intelligent oddity in with their everyday set of powerful services for search, mapping, and media managing. Today you'll want to head to Google and search for the term "zerg rush" and see what happens - then have a peek below at the rest of the eggs hidden all over the big G all day long - bring on your ships, kekeke!
Another day, another Google Doodle, and after the static ZX Spectrum of yesterday it's time for some HMTL5 action to celebrate father of the zipper Gideon Sundback. The Swedish-American electrical engineer was born on this day back in 1880, and holds the original patent for the design of the zipper which he developed between 1906 and 1914.