New Delhi: February 14 is what most of you celebrate as Valentine's Day, but Google commemorates two different events on this day - Valentine's Day and George Ferris' birth anniversary - with a doodle. Celebrating the day of love and the 154th anniversary of George Ferris, the man behind the original Ferris wheel, Google has posted an interactive doodle on its homepage.
The lively and colourful doodle features an amusement park in the backdrop. A pair of Ferris wheels in the spotlight replace the two O's of the word Google, while other rides are also seen in the background, thereby replacing the rest of the letters of Google. Precisely, the roller coaster ride replaces the first G, the track of Go Kart ride forms the second G, the letters L and E have been replaced with the Drop Tower and Merry-go-round rides, respectively.
The doodle is interactive, and tells you love stories of different animals, pictorially. Users can watch different love stories just by clicking the love button. The button, with a heart etched on it, is located at the bottom of the doodle.
As you press the button, the Ferris wheels rotate and a couple appears with their love story. There are 16 characters narrating 10 love stories; some stories are really rib-tickling. Fox is the only animal who has no date this Valentine's Day and is apparently spending time watching TV at home. This doodle is a rare doodle - celebrating two events with a single doodle. Previously, on February 29, 2012 Google had posted a two-in-one doodle that commemorated not only the leap day but also the 220th birth anniversary of the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini.
Born on February 14, 1859, in Galesburg, Illinois, George Ferris was an American engineer who invented the the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. After the fair got over, George Ferris sued the exhibition management alleging them of robbing him and his investors of their rightful portion of approx. $750,000 profit that his wheel brought in. George Ferris spent the next two years in litigation. He died on November 22, 1896, of typhoid fever.