Google Doodle celebrates Valentine’s Day and George Ferris’ birthday (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only thing to celebrate today. It is also the birthday of George Ferris, the man who invented the Ferris Wheel. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates both, with Valentine's Day-themed Ferris Wheels.

The interactive Doodle has users push a button with a heart on it, starting the Ferris Wheels. Then, a random pairing of animals will show up and shows how they would celebrate Valentine’s Day. Apparently, if you are a bear, it’s not a good idea to take an octopus out for sushi. Other pairs include a horse and a tiger, who enjoy seeing a full moon, and a duck and an octopus, who reenact Say Anything.

Of course, once you hit the magnifying glass, Google brings up results for Ferris, who was born on Feb. 14, 1859 in Galesburg, Illinois. He died on Nov. 22, 1896 in Pittsburgh.

As The Guardian notes, Ferris first designed the Ferris Wheel in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He had hoped to create something to rival the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Today, Ferris Wheels remain a popular attraction at nearly every amusement park in the world. The tallest is the Singapore Flyer in Singapore. One of the most famous is the London Eye.

image: Google



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