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Google celebrates Valentine's Day and George Ferris on his 154th birthday with a doodle

It’s Valentine's Day and of course Google is celebrating it with a doodle. But that’s just not the end of the story because, the doodle also celebrates George Ferris’s 154th birthday. For those

It’s Valentine’s Day and of course Google is celebrating it with a doodle. But that’s just not the end of the story because, the doodle also celebrates George Ferris’s 154th birthday. For those who don’t know George Ferris was an American Engineer who is credited with designing and constructing the Ferris Wheel.

The doodle is extremely colorful as it is basically punctuated by blues and reds to keep up with the Valentine’s day theme. As usual it’s an interactive doodle with multiple Ferris Wheels in the backdrop spinning as they would in a theme park. Additionally, there is a love sign which can pressed that will unlock 16 characters narrating 10 different love stories.

George Ferris was born February 14, 1859 in Galesburg, Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic institute. Originally, the Ferris Wheel was also know as the Chicago Wheel and it gained fame through out the world first at the 1893 Colombian Exposition that was held in Chicago.

The Ferris Wheel was 80.4 meters tall, and it had 36 passenger cars with 40 revolving chairs so that it could seat 60 people.

He passed away on November 22, 1896 in Pittsburg thanks to Typhoid.

  • Published Date: February 14, 2013 11:42 AM IST
  • Updated Date: February 14, 2013 12:20 PM IST