Google Doodle Celebrates George Ferris’ Birthday and Valentine’s Day

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Google Doodle February 14 Valentine's Ferris Wheels

Google Doodle February 14 Valentine’s Ferris Wheels

Today’s February 14 Google Doodle covers some territory by integrating the celebration of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.’s birthday (154th) and Valentine’s Day. George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an American engineer who created the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. His design challenge was to “Out-Eiffel Eiffel,” the structure of the Paris International Exposition of 1889.

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. and the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel he designed

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. and the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel he designed

I thoroughly and somewhat obsessively enjoyed exploring all the various interspecies dates depicted in this interactive animation. Since their compatibility or lack of was not based on the animals signs in the Chinese Zodiac I stretched my imagination for the connections. The Tortoise and The Hare was the only pair I was familiar with based on a classic story. And this theory may be far-fetched but the choice of these typically taboo couples may be related to the popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine which claims he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. If you have any thoughts on the choices of these animal pairings please share. (Google Doodle explanation)

My foodcentric focus then zeroed in on the Valentine’s dates that are food-related:

The Hare and The Tortoise

The Hare and The Tortoise


The Hare and the very late-to-dinner Tortoise Valentine's Date

The Hare and the very late-to-dinner Tortoise Valentine’s Date

The Octopus and The Bear

The Octopus and The Bear


The Octopus is not thrilled with The Bear's choice of sushi for their Valentine's date dinner.

The Octopus is not thrilled with The Bear’s choice of sushi for their Valentine’s date dinner.

The Rabbit and The Dolphin

The Rabbit and The Dolphin


The Dolphin is not initially excited by The Rabbit's traditional inedible Valentine's gift - but the magic hat comes through with the perfect gift of love.

The Dolphin is not initially excited by The Rabbit’s traditional inedible Valentine’s gift – but the magic hat comes through with the perfect gift of love.

The Fox

The Fox Alone

The Fox fantasizes about The TV

The Fox fantasizes about The TV

The Fox shares Valentine's Day with some popcorn and The Tube

The Fox shares Valentine’s Day with some popcorn and The Tube

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I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED's online Food properties. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED.org's Food portal. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX . You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.