Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Check out Google’s parachute doodle of the day

Posted By on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

My browser history indicates I use Google for several hundred different Internet searches each day, but this rarely happens through the actual Google home search page — so I feel lucky to notice today’s darling Google Doodle.

The occasion today is laughably obscure — the 216th anniversary of the first parachute jump — but that’s OK, because someone clearly just wanted to make a fun little parachute game. Once the parachutist goes up, use the arrow keys to control where he goes. (See if you can land him on the boat.)

The LA Times has more on the history of French parachutist Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who made a dizzying descent from 3,200 feet at a Paris exhibition in 1797.

Yesterday’s doodle celebrating the 88th birthday of Celia Cruz also caught my attention. And the recent pinata game for Google's 15th birthday is a fun one, too. You can see the whole archive of increasingly elaborate Google doodles here.

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Lisa Waananen

Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...