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George Ferris Wheel Valentine’s Day doodle Valentine’s Day with a two-in-one doodle
The 14th February 2013 Google Doodle is a combination of George Ferris Birthday and that of Valentine’s day. GOOGLE 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 Google Game Doodle can be played by clicking on the heart in the center bottom of the George Ferris Google Game. The game seems like a love match game, and by clicking it the wheels will spin similar to a roulette wheel, and provide an ideal match. 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 perhaps the first of its kind – celebrating two events with a single doodle. (sources-ibnlive)
about George Ferris According to the Wikipedia article
George Ferris was born in Galesburg, Illinois on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 1859 and he died on the 22nd November 1896 at the age of 37 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in 1881 where he received his degree for Civil Engineering. In 1891 the directors of the World’s Columbian Exposition issued a challenge to USA engineers to create a monument larger that the Eiffel Tower for the 1893 World Columbian Exhibition which were to be held in Chicago Illinois. The organizers wanted something different than the Eiffel Tower, or just a statue, something which were big, entertaining and even daring. George Ferris came up with the idea to create the world’s first Ferris wheel, which had 36 cars and could fit 60 people onto the ride. The Ferris Wheel had 36 cars, each fitted with 40 revolving chairs and able to accommodate up to 60 people, giving a total capacity of 2,160. When the fair opened, it carried some 38,000 passengers daily, taking 20 minutes to complete two revolutions, the first involving six stops to allow passengers to exit and enter and the second a nine-minute non-stop rotation, for which the ticket holder paid 50 cents. It carried 2.5 million passengers before it was finally demolished in 1906. After the fair closed, George Ferris claimed that the exhibition management had robbed him and his investors of their rightful portion of the nearly $750,000 profit that his wheel brought in. He spent the next two years in litigation to see if he can get some money back from his invention.