Tag Archives: old

Google Doodles For April Fool’s Day: Can You Spot The ‘Valid’ Doodle?


Anura Guruge

A Few Related posts:
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts
—>>> (side bar)


Click here to get access Google’s treasure trove
of archived Google Doodles.

Google is noted for its brilliant April Fool’s Day pranks.

Last year they announced the extremely funny 8-bit Google Maps. Just Google for all their other pranks. Wikipedia even has an entry titled: “List of Google’s hoaxes and easter eggs” .

But google has been quite circumspect when it comes to Google Doodles for April 1, i.e., April Fool’s Day. Here are three from 2009, 2010 and 2012. There wasn’t one for 2011.

Are they all pranks?

No. Only one is a bona fide joke. Can you tell which one that is?

One relies on some poetic license. Can you spot that one.

The other is truly legit, though it is very clever.

Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь with his trademark nose. But, he wasn’t born on April 1. Neither did he die on April 1. He was a ‘March’ man: was born and died in March.

Yes, the 2010, ‘Topeka‘ renaming was a ‘joke‘, though rather tame and obvious. Topeka, Kansas, more of less forced Google’s hand by making an official announcement, covered by the media, on March 1, 2010, that they were renaming Topeka, Kansas, ‘Google’, Kansas for a month. So, Google retaliates, so to speak. But it was very obvious.

Nikolai Gogol is real! Honest. He was Russian and only those that truly have an appreciation of world literature would have heard of him. That Google found him was so cute. Bravo. But, they did take some poetic license, which to me, spoilt it. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь) WAS NOT born on April 1, 1809! He was born March 31, 1809. And Google can’t claim that it was April 1 in the U.S. At best it would have been March 30 in the U.S. So that was cheating.

The ‘VLT‘, standing for ‘Very Large Telescope‘ is very real and it did indeed go public on April 1, 1999. And the names are correct too. So that one is legit, though I have issues with the graphic. The laser shown shooting out of the 4 telescopes is not a common occurrence. Yes, they do shoot a laser to determine atmospheric distortion so that computer software processing the captured images can compensate for it. This is called ‘Adaptive Optics’. Yes, it looks cool, but as an astronomy buff I worry that it creates the wrong impression and that kids, especially, might form this notion of telescopes that shoot lasers into the sky on a routine basis.

The VLT at sunset.

Dancing, Very Cute, Google Doodle For St. Patrick’s Day. Plus All The Past St. Patty Doodles.


Anura Guruge

St.PatGooglesmallRelated posts:
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris
>>Feb. 14, 2013.

>> All Of Google’s Doodles &
>> Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.

>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (side bar)

Appears on Google's standard search page on St. Patrick's day. Click here to access. I will post new like post-St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy.

Click to access this Doodle after St. Patrick’s Day. Takes you to the Google Doodle archive.

Click here to get to this Google Doodle after St. Patrick’s Day.

Prior Doodles.

So much for the theory that they don’t  do repeat Doodles. The luck of the Irish.

Click to access Google page with all these archived Doodles.

Click to access Google page with all these archived Doodles.

Can A 6-Year Old Really Determine Their Gender, Prior To Hormones Kicking In? I Have My Doubts.


Anura Guruge

Click to read 'CNN' coverage. Google for others ...

Click to read ‘CNN’ coverage. Google for others …

I write this as a father of 4 kids: 3 girls and 1 boy, one of the girls a 6-year old, first grader just like this ‘transgender’ child.

I heard this on CNN first thing this morning, but I had to deal with my papal obligations before I got a chance to revisit it.

I have one and only one question. Can a 6-year old (and the parents claim that he/she was doing ‘it’ at 18-months), pre-hormones and pre-ANYTHING (really) make a determination as to gender?

Even the Catholic Church says the ‘age of reason’ is 7.

I have no axe to grind about this particular case.

I just find it strange that such a young child is allowed to select gender.

Other than the basic, fundamental human rights of all children, i.e., safety, comfort, care, protection etc. etc., what other rights do a 6 year old have?

They can’t drive a car, they can’t vote, they certainly can’t consume alcohol legally, they can’t (and shouldn’t) partake in anything that even resembles ‘sex’, they can’t even buy a gun (I think, but I could be wrong on the guns) — BUT they can determine gender.

This is taking things a bit too far.

What roles have the parents played in this? Did they encourage he/she? My mother would have given her right-arm to have a girl rather than me — and I sure don’t blame her. Anything would have been better than me. She dressed me as a girl and curled my hair. Yes, there are pictures of me dressed as a girl (which, obviously explains, why even now, 59 years later I come across so effeminate, as you must have noticed). Despite my mother’s best efforts I never thought I was a girl even before the hormones kicked in around 12. In my case the hormones really did a job. I have stretch marks on my shoulders to prove it. I grew by 4″ in a year, everywhere. Even my eyes grew! That is what shot my eyesight. So, at least give this poor kid another 6 years, yes 100% of their current life, to experience the joys of hormones.

That is all I have to say. I feel better now.

Oh, I would be very upset if Teischan had to use a bathroom with a girl who had a wiener, however little. But, I am old fashioned.