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Flintstones, meet the Google Flintstones

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The lovable cavemen from Bedrock made their way into our homes 50 years ago today. Fred Flintstone, the prehistoric working-class hero, his stylish wife, Wilma, and their friends Betty and Barney Rubble charmed generations of children and adults alike.

The Post's Michael Cavna has a great history of the Flintstones and Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, the creator of the cartoons. He's even got the wonderfully odd juxtaposition of the cartoon characters and an ad for Winston cigarettes.

The London Telegraph has a great round up of Flintstones' trivia to celebrate the anniversary, though it is missing the one fact that won 7th-grade camp trivia night for me: how many toes does Fred Flintstone have? Three.

Google salutes the family with a stylish doodle today. The artist, Mike Dutton, writes on the Google blog, "The Flintstones may have lived in the prehistoric town of Bedrock, but their technology was on par with much of what we use today. Everyone drove human-powered vehicles (zero emissions!), composted scraps in a dinosaur under the kitchen sink, and even wore solar powered watches--that is, if you count sundials. In short, Bedrock was the modern city of the past... and I wanted to live in it."

Here's our tribute to the best thing to come out of the Stone Age aside from the wheel:

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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