George Ferris Gets A Google Doodle For Valentine’s Day

    February 13, 2013
    Chris Crum

Google has begun showing a doodle on its home page in parts of the world where it’s already February 14th. The doodle honors George Ferris, an American engineer famous for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition.

February 14th is, of course, Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated in many countries around the world. And what says love like a ride on the Ferris Wheel?

The doodle is interactive, as they often are. You can push the heart button over and over again to match up different animals who appear to be going out on different kinds of dates. This video Simon Rüger sent us shows some of the different match-ups, as well as the animation:

Once you click the search icon in the doodle, you’ll be taken to search results for George Ferris, including Google’s Knowledge Graph panel for him:

George Ferris Knowledge Panel

It’s actually a good example of when the Knowledge Graph improves the search experience, beyond offering info about the subject. In this case, we see the option to view results for a different George Ferris – the cricketer.

The Ferris that’s the subject of the Google Doodle died in 1896.