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10 Beautiful Google Doodles You May Have Missed

February 9, 2017

This Doodle published on July 24, 2012 commemorates Amelia Earhart’s 115th Birthday. Amelia Earhart is a symbol of American courage. She was also committed to proving women are equal to men saying that in, “jobs requiring intelligence, coordination, speed, coolness, and willpower”. This doodle reached every country from Madagascar, to Russia, to the United States.

This Doodle commemorates Hachiko’s 89th Birthday and was published November 10, 2012. Hachiko the famously loyal dog who waited everyday at the train tracks for his dead owner to return for 9 years until his own death at the age of 11. Hachiko is promoted in Japanese culture as a symbol of loyalty and fidelity. He has many movies, books, and statues made in his honor. One such statue stands outside of the train station where he stood watch.

This Doodle is actually a GIF, a cute little squirrel pops up, waves and then hides behind each colorful vegetable. It commemorates the First Day of Fall in the Southern hemisphere and was posted May 21, 2015.

This beautiful blue Doodle was published on May 27, 2014 to commemorate Rachel Louise Carson’s 107th birthday. Rachel Carson was a famed marine biologist and conservationist in the 1950s and 1960s. She is the author of the book Silent Spring about the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment. Google Doodler, Matthew Cruickshank, was inspired by this quote from her book, “in nature nothing exists alone”. That is why he included so many different marine creatures in her doodle.

This Doodle commemorates Halet Cambel’s 99th Birthday on August 27, 2015. Halet Cambel was an archeologist from Turkey. This Doodle was only shown in Turkey, but Halet Cambel has contributed to the knowledge of the world as an archeologist. Halet has helped save some of Turkey’s most important archeological sights including sights along the Ceyhan River where some of the earliest civilizations began. She discovered a Phoenician alphabet tablet that is the code to Hittite hieroglyphics. She also won the Prince Claus award for preserving Turkish cultural heritage.

This Doodle was originally a GIF where the three figures are walking. It was posted on November 24, 2015 to remember the 41st Anniversary of the discovery of Lucy. Lucy is the name given to 40% of a 3.2 million year old female australopithecus skeleton found my the Leakey’s in the Afar Depression, Ethiopia. Lucy was one of the most complete skeletons of a bipedal hominid ever found. She was probably mostly tree dwelling and used some crude stone tools. Her discovery is important because it reinforces the idea that walking upright preceded a bigger brain size.

This Doodle commemorates the famed psychologist Sigmund Freud’s 160th Birthday. Sigmund Freud was known for creating psychoanalysis along with the psychic structure. For those of you who haven’t taken Psychology yet or who took it and promptly forgot, psychoanalysis is a therapeutic technique used to study the unconscious mind and help mental illness while the psychic structure is made up of the id, ego and superego. When the psychic structure is explained, an iceberg is often used as a visual. The part of the iceberg that can be seen above the water is the conscious mind, the iceberg just under the water is the superego and the deepest, darkest part of the iceberg is the unconscious, the id, while the ego occupies all three parts of the iceberg.  The icebergs can be seen extending out of the back of Freud’s head into the murky depths of this Doodle.

 

This Doodle commemorates the 126th Anniversary of the public opening of the Eiffel Tower and was published on March 31, 2015. This Doodles energy and movement instantly brings to life the workers precariously painting the tower. Work on the Eiffel Tower began in July of 1887 and was completed just in time for the 1889 World Fairs held in Paris. Some figures to help you picture what a huge structure the Eiffel Tower is include 2.5 million rivets, 7,300 tons of iron, and 60 tons of paint. That is about 12 elephants or 40 Honda Civics or 3.2 million chicken nuggets worth of paint. 

This Doodle was published November 18, 2016 to commemorate the great Native American writer James Welch’s 76th birthday. James Welch was a Blackfeet Indian who wrote to help reveal the culture and problems of the Native Americans to a wider American public in hope of giving a voice to the struggles and humanity of Native Americans in the post Civil War Era.James Welch’s most well known book Fools Crow tells the tale of a young Blackfeet’s struggle to reach manhood when the invasion by white society is threatening everything that he knows. Welch describes himself simply as an, “Indian who writes”. This Doodle shows that simple aspect through the use of bold primary colors and earth tones.

This Doodle was created to commemorate the 105th Anniversary of the first expedition to reach the South Pole. It was published December 14, 2016. Roald Amundsen also known as “the last of the Vikings” was the leader of the expedition. His motto was, “Victory awaits him who has all in order”. As you can expect his expedition to the South Pole was just that. Amundsen’s crew consisted of 19 men and 100 Greenland sled dogs, which were vital for the success of his mission. Roald Amundsen is the first person to have reached both Poles. He died mysteriously on a rescue mission when the plan he was in went missing near the airstrip Italia. This Doodle was originally a GIF where the wind whips the Amundsen’s camp and the snow flies by.

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