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Valentine’s Day Google doodle honours Ferris wheel creator

- February 14th, 2013

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Valentine’s Day might be a day to celebrate love, but it also happens to be the birthday of the creator of the Ferris wheel, the towering amusement park ride that’s commonly associated with dating and couples in love.

George Ferris Jr., who would have been 154 years old today, created the first Ferris wheel, also called an observation wheel, for the 1893 World’s Exhibition in Chicago. The wheel was built to a grand height of 264 feet, although small by today’s 500 feet+ structures, was unheard-of at the time.

To commemorate both Ferris’ birthday along with Valentine’s Day, Google has created a commemorative Doodle that celebrates both.

The doodle features an animation of an amusement park with two rotating Ferris wheels sitting prominently in the centre.  Below the Ferris wheels is a button with a heart. Pushing the button makes the Ferris wheels spin revealing two animals that fall in love.  The animal attraction, pardon the pun, is followed by either a single image or a short comic strip offering a snapshot, illustrating after the fact, as to what the life of the unlikely matched pair would look like together.

The results can often be quite hilarious. Imagine pairing a squirrel with a gecko, a horse with a tiger or an octopus with a bear. The results let’s say, can be most interesting.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

Photo courtesy Google. 

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3 comments

  1. Ryan Newport | February 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day.

  2. FERRIS COMMEMORATED | February 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for the explanation re Ferris 1893.
    Knew the story, but did not get the illustration.

  3. John | February 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I like the history lesson.

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