It’s a two-for-one Valentine’s Day treat. Google’s latest homepage Doodle pays homage to both Valentine’s Day and the 154th birthday of George Ferris, the inventor of the Ferris wheel.
The interactive Doodle features two Ferris wheels. When you click on the heart button, the wheels spin and cartoon pictures of two different animals appear. After the love connection between the animals is made, you get a second picture of the two animals on a date – whether that be a goofy elephant and a monkey at a dance or a frog and bird on a canoe trip just like in The Notebook. Romance!
It seems fitting that the inventor of Ferris wheels — easily the most romantic of carnival attractions — was born on Feb. 14. Ferris was an engineer who invented the ride in 1893 and debuted it at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Today, one of the most popular Ferris wheels in the world is the London Eye, which welcomes over 10,000 riders a day. Unfortunately, those riders aren’t elephants and monkeys à la the Doodle.