Chinua Achebe Google doodle celebrates Nigerian writer & author of ‘Things Fall Apart’

Today’s Google doodle marks what would have been the 87th birthday of the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe.
Best known for his novel “Things Fall Apart,” Achebe began writing during the 1950s, building his stories around the culture and traditions of Nigeria’s Igbo people. He is the author of five novels, four children’s books and several collections of poetry, short stories, essays and non-fiction.
“His characters were insiders — everyday people such as the village chief (in “Things Fall Apart”), the priest (in “Arrow of God”), or the school teacher (in “A Man of the People”),” writes the Google doodle team, “Through their stories, we witness a Nigeria at the crossroads of civilization, culture, and generations.”
As Google notes, Achebe is recognized by many as the father of modern African literature, and was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2007. During his career, he received a number of literary awards and earned more than 30 honorary degrees from universities across the

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Hole punch history Google doodle celebrates 131-year-old product of German engineering

Marking the 131st anniversary of the hole punch tool, today’s Google doodle is a salute to German engineering, says the doodle team on the Google Doodle blog post.
“Today we celebrate 131 years of the hole puncher, an understated — but essential — artifact of German engineering.”
Leading to a search for “hole punch history,” the doodle was designed by doodler Gerben Steenks.
Here’s the fully animated doodle that resides on Google’s US home page, along with a number of its other international home pages.

From today’s write-up on Google’s Doodle blog, it sounds like someone on the Doodle team has a clear fascination with the tool:
The series of crisp, identical holes it produces, creating a calming sense of unity among an otherwise unbound pile of loose leaf. And finally, the delightful surprise of the colorful confetti byproduct — an accidental collection of colorful, circular leftovers.
Google notes that as workplaces go further into the digital frontier, the hole-puncher has remained mostly

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Veterans Day Google doodle designed in collaboration with Google’s Veteran employee network

Today’s Google doodle celebrating Veterans Day was designed in partnership with VetNet, a Google employee network made up of Veterans and family members and friends of Veterans.
Leading to search results for “Veterans Day,” the doodle highlights the Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, and Army by featuring silhouettes of service members donning the uniforms associated with each branch of the military.
From the Google Doodle Blog:
In 1954, President Eisenhower changed Armistice Day — a holiday honoring WWI veterans — to Veterans Day, a day to honor all American Veterans. The day, which celebrates living U.S. Veterans as opposed to Memorial Day which honors Veterans who have passed, marks a special time of reflection, gratitude, and remembrance.
Google’s blog post featuring today’s doodle also point readers to a number of Veteran resources, including Google’s Arts and Culture Veterans Day page, information about a “Grow with Google” grant recently awarded to Student Veterans of America, and the following YouTube video honoring

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Labor Day Google doodle inspired by art created during The Great Depression

Google has traded out its usual logo with a doodle to mark the Labor Day holiday.
The Google doodlers behind today’s doodle took their lead from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals produced during the 1930s. Created in 1935, the historic WPA  was a federal program providing economic relief for US citizens suffering during the Great Depression.
According to, WPA founded The Federal Art Project under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in an attempt to employ artists during The Great Depression. The WPA Murals website says The Federal Art Project created more than 5,000 jobs for artists that resulted in over 225,000 works of public art.
To mark the holiday, the Google Doodle Blog notes, while Labor Day is a welcome day off for many, the holiday has deeper roots than barbecues, parades and picnics:
“After a worker strike in the 19th century, Labor Day was created to honor workers and give them a day of rest. It became a federal

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Google’s Great American Eclipse 2017 doodle offers fun facts about today’s big event

For the first time in nearly a century, the United States will have front row seats to a total solar eclipse today as the moon passes between the sun and the earth.
To mark the occasion, Google has traded out the logo on its home page with an animated doodle that leads to a search for “solar eclipse science” and launches a quick list of eclipse facts on both mobile and desktop.
According to Google’s “Great American Eclipse 2017” doodle blog post, more than 7 million people will travel to the “path of totality” — the path created by the moon’s shadow on the Earth during a solar eclipse — as it stretches across the United States.
“It’s been 99 years since an total eclipse crossed the width the United States. This year, the 65-mile wide path of totality will sweep, sash-like, across the country, entering the map at Oregon and exiting at South Carolina.”
Map credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

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Privacy group files flawed complaint against Google Store Sales Measurement

At a time when companies have growing access to consumer data from an increasing number of sources, privacy is more important than ever. But it’s also important for privacy advocates to understand what’s going on before they formally complain to regulatory bodies.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a complaint with the FTC over Google’s Store Sales Measurement program. The group is arguing that:
Google has collected billions of credit card transactions, containing personal customer information, from credit card companies, data brokers, and others and has linked those records with the activities of Internet users, including product searches and location searches. This data reveals sensitive information about consumer purchases, health, and private lives.
It asserts that Google is using a “secret, proprietary algorithm for assurances of consumer privacy” and that the company uses “an opaque and misleading ‘opt-out’ mechanism.” It further argues that these are “unfair and deceptive trade practices” and confer FTC jurisdiction. It’s asking for an

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Eva Ekeblad Google doodle celebrates scientist who made flour & alcohol from potatoes

Today’s Google doodle is a salute to Eva Ekeblad, a Swedish scientist and agronomist who developed a method for making flour and alcohol from grinding potatoes.
“Eva discovered the starch was humble but mighty — potatoes could be ground into flour or distilled into spirits. Her discovery helped reduce famine in years to come,” writes Google on the Google Doodle Blog.
Ekeblad was born on this date in 1724, so today marks her 293rd birthday. Her achievements earned her a spot in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748 — the same organization that awards Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry. She was the first woman elected into the academy (another female would not be elected to the academy for 200 years).
The image includes a cameo drawing of Ekeblad carved from a potato, along with potato skins to spell out G-O-O-G-L-E. The doodle leads to a search for “Eva Ekeblad” and includes the usual sharing icon.
The post Eva

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Wimbledon championship Google doodle marks 140th anniversary of world’s oldest tennis tournament

Google is celebrating the first day of the Wimbledon championships today with an animated image to mark the tennis tournament’s 140th anniversary.
The doodle was designed by doodler Gerben Steenks and leads to a search for “Wimbledon championship.” The top right corner of the image includes a tribute to the Rufus the Hawk, a mainstay at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, tasked with keeping the courts clear of pigeons during game-play.
From the Google Doodle Blog:
Like all British institutions, Wimbledon has its endearing quirks. Keep an eye out for the beloved Rufus the Hawk (featured in the Doodle), who dutifully shoos away any pigeons who land on the court during a match. And if you’re wondering what the spectators are snacking on, it’s strawberries and cream — 28,000kg every year!
You can find Rufus in the top right corner of the animated image noting the tournament’s 140th year:

Before going with the final tennis court artwork, Google considered two

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Fourth of July Google doodle inspired by U.S.’s 1st National Parks director, Stephen Mather

Google is celebrating today’s Fourth of July holiday with a doodle inspired by the U.S.’s first National Parks Service Director and noted conservationist Stephen Mather.
The red, white and blue logo leads to a search for “Fourth of July,” and includes images of deer, bears, moose and other animals you may find in one of America’s 58 national parks.
According to Google, Mather’s birthday was also on July 4th. He was named director of the the National Parks Service — often cited as “Amercia’s best idea” — in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson who created the NPS the same year.
“Over a century old, America’s national parks span 84 million acres and host more than 275 million visitors every year,” writes Google on its Google Doodle Blog.
It was 241 years ago today the Continental Congress voted to adopt America’s Declaration of Independence and proclaim freedom from Great Britain. For all those celebrating, Search Engine Land wishes you

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Father’s Day 2017 Google Doodle brings back the cactus family from Mother’s Day

To celebrate Father’s Day, today’s Google doodle revisits artwork from this year’s May 14th Mother’s Day doodle — only this, time it’s the cactus family’s dad taking care of his baby cacti.
Google’s Father’s Day doodle includes five panels, the first with only the father-figure cactus standing tall. Other images depict the dad-cactus doing his child’s hair, blowing a balloon back and forth, giving the kids a bath, and showing them how to shave.

The doodle leads to a search for “Father’s Day 2017” and includes the usual sharing icon. Currently, it’s being displayed on Google’s U.S. homepage, in addition to a number of its international pages, including the UK, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, the Netherlands, India, Japan and more.
In case you missed it, here’s Google’s Mother’s Day doodle to compare:

Some of the hardest working dads I know are part of the Search Engine Land team, and I couldn’t be more proud to be their colleague.

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