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Friday, December 24, 2004
Google Doodle IX.5
Google Doodle IX.5

What the---? So the water both froze the logo and turned the snowballs into snowcones? Are there normally rabbits in the arctic? Are they selling the snowcones, that they made for free? I know you guys are confused, because the last post got a bunch of comments. Does this new Doodle confirm or inspire any new wackjob theories?

Well, the Google Blog has commented on an element of this "controversy". Apparently, they received an email:
In reference to holiday illustration #3, I am curious as to how the larger polar bear learned, over a period of a few days, how to roll blobs of snow in almost perfect spheres. I mean, wouldn't this require a few thousand years of mental evolution, not to mention the concept of throwing objects and the idea of guessing how much power to put behind their throw in order for the snowball to land in an acceptable radius of the target...

...Well, we won't have to worry about this because apparently the larger polar bear got preoccupied with hosing down the O for no apparent or logical reason. And how exactly can this hose have running water if they are in the Arctic tundra? I'll give your illustrator the benefit of the doubt but come on... Unless the polar bears have developed a heating system for their water supply in order to prevent freezing, this wouldn't be possible. And please, don't use the common "well, they stole the hose from the humans which already have heating methods under development." That is such a cliché...

...Also, considering the size of the polar bear and the circumference of the hose, why would he or she even need help with controlling it? It just seems like the back polar bear is holding up the hose just for the sake of holding up the hose. I mean, these are powerful bears. They can control a small hose with a medium sized jet of water gushing out without requiring the assistance of another bear...

...And where exactly did they learn that holding the back of the hose stabilizes the front part? I'm assuming there isn't a television anywhere close to them. Did they just somehow, by the luck of the draw, decide to hold the hose in that certain way which is so conveniently similar to the method fire fighters use to stabilize their hoses? One final observation: there are more snowballs in picture number 3 than there are in picture number 2. Where did the extra ones come from and why did the polar bear decide to leave them sitting there if he took the time to neatly organize his previously?
And their response:
Dear User:

Thank you for your recent email. We appreciate your concern but must confess to considerable bewilderment with regard to various statements you make about the home page doodle of 12/22/04. First, what makes you assert that those are "almost perfect spheres?" If you look more closely, you'll see that the snowballs in question are in fact somewhat oblong, which is to say, wholly producible by a polar bear paw. Second, why would you assume that the polar bear threw the snowballs into that pile, when placing them there would be much easier?

[regarding the running water in the Arctic] Again with the erroneous assumptions. In this case, you conclude that the presence of a heated hose derives not from nearby humans, but from some technologically advanced and therefore highly unlikely polar bear society, because having humans produce the hose "is such a cliché." Well, life is full of clichés; their prevelance, in fact, is precisely what makes them clichés. As for why the polar bear is hosing down the O: we expect that the past few days have by now made clear that this series of doodles is telling a story whose conclusion none of us have yet to grasp.

Well, this being a holiday doodle and Google being a family-friendly company, the polar bear story has a family-oriented holiday theme; i.e., the daddy polar bear is spraying down the O as part of a plan to (as you must by now realize) decorate it in a festive manner, and the baby polar bear is "helping."

Dude, in the interim of time which elapsed between doodle #2 and doodle #3, they made more snowballs, okay? And in the interim of time which elapsed since we began this response, our attitude toward you, dear correspondent, has segued from righteous indignation at your illogical attack on our graphic designer to warm-hearted gratitude that you cared enough to write to us in the first place. We love all our users, especially those who take the time to brighten our day with such graceful, witty emails. Enjoy the rest of Dennis' holiday doodles. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Michael Krantz
Google Blog Team
Naturally, this answer was evasive and didn't address the issues present in the melting colors, so I fired off an email:
Michael (or whoever answers the Google Blog emails),

We've been having a confused discussion over at InsideGoogle about Google Doodle IX. While the letter writer makes some excellent points, there is far more confusion about Doodle IX.4. No one seems to understand what in god's name is going on when the hose causes the Google logo to melt and turn the snowballs various colors. What the hell is going on? Did someone at Google have too much eggnog at the office Christmas party?

Nathan Weinberg
Jeez, will this ever end (or at least make sense)?

UPDATE: Zorgloob also has the information that the filenames are all Korean, which makes sense since logo creator Dennis Hwang is Korean:

I don't understand the problem. If you have colored snow (and the Google logo is colored snow in this Doodle), and you spray it with hot water, it gets melted. The color then can be used to paint some snowballs.
Geez! I can't believe this stuff. You guys are severely lack of imagination!

Come on people! Take a moment, browse through children's picture books, and ask yourself "why you cannot understand something this simple while children can?"
OK, I get the squirrel. And the bunny. And the owl. And the bear. And the wolf. But how did the penguin get there? Is this a zoo?
I give up on it supposedly being chronological ;)
Hmm. The logo being made out of colored snow is the most plausible explanation I've heard. Of course, it brings so many other questions, like, who made the logo? Did the bears make it? Why are they ruining this feat of snowgeneering? Is the logo like the monolith in 2001?

Oh, and Matt, its clearly chronological (albeit not so logical). Google even said so.
Re: Bunnies in the Arctic:
Now that I see the last logo in the sequence, my speculation from comment #1 makes more sense: the Google logo was snow, painted in colors. The bears have melted the colors from it, and now it has no color at all (or, rather, it's colored blue, because the water they used in #3 are blue).

What else is on?
I think the Google Doodle IX does make sense (in a rather childish kind of way, I suppose). The bears plan to make snow cones, so they first make snow balls. Then, they hose the Google logo so that the candy-flavored covering would melt (apparently, the Google logo is covered in some sort of candy :-P). The bears then take the snow balls and put them under the logo so that they would catch the melted confection. Viola! Snow cones!
All of you need to get a LIFE. I can't believe that ADULTS are using their time and energies to comment about the chronology, reality, history, zoology, or ANYTHING about a logo. If anyone CARED what you thought, YOU'D be working for GOOGLE!
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I think this logo's adorable. What's the problem of being creative sometimes. Artists perceive things in the most extraodrinary ways. At least for a change, let's see things in the most unconventional manner.
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