Google Doodle Features the X-Ray

Google’s latest home page symbol does not feature the interactivity of its May interactive Pac-Man logo or the secrecy of bouncing dots in September.  Instead, the homepage connects to the mysteries of the human body, revealed 115 years ago by means of the discovery of the X-ray.


Wilhelm Rontgen of Germany discovered X-rays while experimenting with Crookes tubes, which, certainly guided to the well-known X-ray images we all recognize nowadays. According to Wikipedia, Röntgen made his invention 115 years ago, and after that submitted a paper telling the unidentified, or “X” rays. His invention afterward earned him the Nobel Prize for physics.

The recently chosen executive in charge of geolocation and local for Google, Marrisa Mayer, as well noted that the icon encloses a homage to a 2002 trick: she tweeted, “115th anniversary of the X-Ray on Google (with a shoutout to April Fools 2002 – PigeonRank – in the little ‘g’):”

So that “g” encloses the bones of a dead pigeon, the architect of Google’s April Fools jokes of that year. Google said, “Constructed upon the burst through work of B. F. Skinner, Page and Brin caused that inexpensive pigeon clusters (PCs) might be utilized to calculate the comparative worth of web pages quicker than human editors or machine-based algorithms, and although Google has dozens of engineers functioning to get better all part of our service on a day by day basis, PigeonRank goes on to give the basis for all of our web search tools.”