George Ferris Valentine’s Day Google Doodle.
The 14th February 2013 Google Doodle is a combination of George Ferris Birthday and that of Valentine’s day. At first like most of the time when Google Brings out a new Google Doodle, I always try to see if I can discover what the Google Doodle is about, before I read more about it. Today’s Google Doodle had me baffled for a moment.
I could not clearly see what George Ferris have to do with Valentine’s Day. Untill I realized that he was born on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day Google Doodle Game
The 14th February 2013 Google Doodle serves a due purpose and it celebrates both George Ferris and Valentine’s Day at the same time. George Ferris were born on the 14th February 1864 more than 154 years ago. It is easy to guess why there is Ferris Wheels in the Google Doodle, and fairly easy to guess that the Ferris Wheel was invented by George and why these are in the Google Doodle.
The Google Game Doodle can be played by clicking on the heart in the center bottom of the George Ferris Google Game. The game seems like a love match game, and by clicking it the wheels will spin similar to a roulette wheel, and provide an ideal match.
To be honest this part does not make much sense to me at the moment, but I will try to find out what exactly the idea is behind this Valentine’s Day game and provide updates. In the meantime if you know what the Valentine’s Day game matches mean, you can add your comments at the bottom of this article.
According to the Wikipedia article about George Ferris
In 1891 the directors of the World’s Columbian Exposition issued a challenge to USA engineers to create a monument larger that the Eiffel Tower for the 1893 World Columbian Exhibition which were to be held in Chicago Illinois. The organizers wanted something different than the Eiffel Tower, or just a statue, something which were big, entertaining and even daring.
George Ferris came up with the idea to create the world’s first Ferris wheel, which had 36 cars and could fit 60 people onto the ride.
The Ferris Wheel had 36 cars, each fitted with 40 revolving chairs and able to accommodate up to 60 people, giving a total capacity of 2,160. When the fair opened, it carried some 38,000 passengers daily, taking 20 minutes to complete two revolutions, the first involving six stops to allow passengers to exit and enter and the second a nine-minute non-stop rotation, for which the ticket holder paid 50 cents. It carried 2.5 million passengers before it was finally demolished in 1906.
After the fair closed, George Ferris claimed that the exhibition management had robbed him and his investors of their rightful portion of the nearly $750,000 profit that his wheel brought in. He spent the next two years in litigation to see if he can get some money back from his invention.
Valentine’s Day and the George Ferris Wheel
Although the George Ferris Wheel and valentine’s day do not have too much in common than just the day of the birth of George Ferris, many couples and young lovers have taken to the Ferris Wheel to share a special moment high up in the sky away from the buzz of a fair, to escape to a romantic setting and enjoy the moment.
I am sure that if you have been to a fair as a couple or young lovers you have probably used the Ferris Wheel on many occasions to get that magic romantic moment away from the fair high up in the sky to enjoy the quite time with your lover and if not, you should try it!
About George Ferris
George Ferris was born in Galesburg, Illinois on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 1859 and he died on the 22nd November 1896 at the age of 37 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in 1881 where he received his degree for Civil Engineering.
Today he is most remembered for his invention of the George Ferris Wheel and the concept of the Ferris Wheel.
Although you may not have a fair going on in your city at the moment, you may want to see if there is not a fair close by where you will be able to ride a Ferris wheel with your Valentine’s date tonight. Being a Google doodle and being tied to Valentine’s Day it might be the perfect romantic valentine’s day date for your Google obsessed lover tonight.