Google doodles V-Day, Ferris birthday

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 09:31 hrs

Popular internet search engine Google on Thursday decorated its homepage with a two-in-one doodle to celebrate both Valentine's Day and 154th birthday of American engineer George Ferris.

Pertinently, Ferris was known for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World´s Columbian Exposition.

Netizens could see an interactive doodle on Google homepage where they could see a beautiful amusement park and several animals narrating their love stories.

The two O´s of the word Google have been replaced by two Ferris wheels.

Moreover, a roller coaster ride, a track of Go Kart ride and two Drop Towers replaced the letters ´G´, ´L´ and ´E´ of the word ´Google´ respectively.

Netizens need to click on a heart button in the doodle to see different animals pictorially narrating their love stories.

16 animal characters narrated their love stories in the doodle while the fox is the only character which is single on the Valentine´s Day and will watch TV at home.

Google also celebrated the 154th birthday of American engineer George Ferris.

Born on Feb 14, 1859, in Galesburg, Illinois, Ferris created the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World´s Columbian Exposition.

World´s Columbian Exposition issued a challenge to American engineers to conceive of a monument for the fair that would surpass the Eiffel Tower. Ferris responded with a proposed wheel from which visitors would be able to view the entire exhibition

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, Ferris claimed that the exhibition management had robbed him and his investors of their rightful portion of nearly $750,000 profit that his wheel brought in.

He spent the next two years in litigation.

Ferris died of typhoid fever on Nov 22, 1896 at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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