Google turned 13 Tuesday, and the search engine celebrated its big day the same way it has every year since 2002 — with a special anniversary doodle.
This year’s effort, a staid, retro birthday party scene, doesn’t quite seem befitting of a newly-minted teenager. But, then again, 13 is pretty ancient in Internet years.
It’s a testament to Google’s popularity that whenever they shake up their home page with a doodle to commemorate a special event it’s big news. Wish Google a happy birthday by checking out this complete list of every Google Doodle. We’ve posted a few of our faves below. Happy birthday, Google!
A couple of pint-sized bear cubs stopped traffic in Yosemite National Park recently when they staged a playful wrestling match right in the middle of the road.
Nearby motorists reacted to this adorable scene by saying things like “I want one,” and “Oh, please come to my car.” Luckily, nobody acted on these impulses because — as you can see in the video below — mama bear was carefully watching her charges from the side of the road the whole time.
Borders bookstores will shut their doors forever at the end of this month, and in a final kiss-off to those who patronized the once-popular chain, employees at one of Borders’ franchises hung in their display window a bitter note which listed all the things customers had done to piss them off over the years.
Foul tips are one of the perils of playing the catcher position in baseball, but one doesn’t usually associate fire hazard with that risk. In the video below, a foul ball off the bat of the Chicago White Sox’s A.J. Pierzynski hits the mask of Detroit Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila so hard that sparks fly.
This pooch was able to stay perfectly still as his owner built a Jenga-like tower of tempting dog treats right on his snout. Then the canine continues the balancing act until getting a signal that the trick is over.
Further solidifying the city’s reputation as an adult playground, visitors to Las Vegas can now test out heavy machinery such as bulldozers and excavators in a giant “sandbox” located right off the strip.
A busker playing guitar for spare change in Boston’s Public Gardens got a quite a shock when music legend Bruce Springsteen approached him yesterday, and asked if he could borrow his instrument. Bruce then began strumming a tune for the passersby, with a huge grin on his face. Speculation is that Springsteen was in Boston dropping son Evan off at Boston College.
Scott Weaver has spent the last 35 years building a highly-detailed tower replica of San Francisco using only toothpicks. And it that wasn’t impressive (or insane) enough, his tower allows ping pong balls to take a half-dozen differently routed tours throughout San Francisco’s neighborhoods and famous landmarks.
In the video below, Walker walks you through all of his painstaking creation’s twists.
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