Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Happy Birthday to Mark Twain, a la Google

Hindustan Times
November 30, 2011
Google celebrates Mark Twain’s birthday with a doodle

Google has dedicated its latest doodle to mark the 176th birth anniversary of American author Mark Twain. The doodle is an illustration of the much loved fence painting episode in the iconic ‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer’.

Perhaps the search giant’s largest doodle yet, the full width drawing panel is mostly conventional compared to some of its recent dedications.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, created classic characters like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He is considered to be “the first truly American writer”. His genius lay in his distinctive ability to convey wit and wisdom in the same breath.

Although there is no particular reason why Twain’s 176th birthday is particularly special, the story behind Google doodles is something of a mystery and seems at times to be pretty random. The Mark Twain doodle will be available across Google domains in Asia, Europe, and Google’s US website.

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