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Happy Birthday. Mind Blown.

Monday, July 15, 2013, 15:28 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Last Friday was your humble blogger’s birthday. I’ll pause for a minute while you sing a belated “Happy Birthday” to me.

. . .

Why, thank you very much, that was lovely.

I got an unexpected birthday gift that day. I thought it would be a good idea to get my driver’s license renewed before the end of the day, since it expired at midnight. So I went to Google to look up the web site for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles because, apparently, URL MassRMV.com is too complicated for my aging brain to retain. When I got to Google’s main page, I saw this:

Google search page, July 12, 2013

And I thought, facetiously, “Well isn’t it nice of Google to put up a special doodle just for my birthday!” Then I scrolled over the doodle to see whom it was really for, since several famous people were born on the same date as I was (among them Bill Cosby, Richard Simmons, Henry David Thoreau, and possibly even Julius Caesar).

When I hovered the mouse pointer over the doodle, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a most unexpected result:

Google search page, July 12, 2013, mouse over

My vision isn’t what it used to be (and it was already crappy by the time I was in elementary school) so I grabbed my reading glasses:

Google doodle, July 12, 2013, detail

It took a couple of seconds to realize that I was logged in to Google and they obviously have some clever macro that changes the “Google” graphic on the date listed on your profile as your birthday. Apparently, they’ve been doing this for at least a couple of years, but I hadn’t noticed it before.

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