DOODLE OF THE DAY: Google Logo spotlights Edison's birthday
O Google, you spoil us.
Days after your logo celebrated the birthday of writer Jules Verne, your home-page Google Doodle today marks the 164th birthday of Thomas Edison.
At this rate, a user could become accustomed to equally inventive logos every morn.
(Some of the California firm's more notable "Google Doodles," of course, have included the interactive PacMan game and the "Imagine" John Lennon animation, as well as the "Google Balls" that touted the company's new search-engine capabilities.)
Our favorite touch about today's animated logo is the luminous light bulb that brightens and fades, spotlighting the inventor's electric-light contributions. The catch, of course, is that it was Britain's Edward Swan who is credited with "inventing" the light bulb; but it was Edison who patented and popularized the electric light bulb in the United States. (Edison and Swan later merged their cross-the-Pond companies, and Swan said Edison's contributions to the incandescent bulb exceeded his own.)
Prior to his death in 1931, the Wizard of Menlo Park (heading a landmark industrial laboratory) held more than 1,000 patents, including for electrical printing machines, telephone technology, motion-picture cameras, mechanical vote-recorders, the stock ticker and the phonograph.
Speaking of: You can even watch a 16-second recording of Edison reenacting the first words he spoke into his phonograph in 1877:
Happy 164th, Thomas Alva Edison.
And note to Google: What we really want to see on July 10 is another doodled birthday tribute to the mad and mighty Nikola Tesla, whose electrical developments arguably hold even greater common currency today.
To read more about the Great Edison v. Tesla Feud -- whose intellect was more incandescent? and in reality, who swindled whom? -- here's a swell place to begin.
| February 11, 2011; 1:47 AM ET
Categories: The Animation | Tags: Google Doodles, Nikolas Tesla, Thomas Edison
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