Google celebrates its 19th birthday with a glorious time-wasting Doodle

google 19th birthday doodle spinner

Today is Google’s 19th birthday. I bet you’re probably feeling really old right now. But like the first season of Friends, the company only gets better with age.

That is especially true if you’re considering its Google Doodles.

Rolling back all 19 years into one novel Doodle, the company is today debuting its Birthday Surprise Spinner.

Open the page, and the spinner begins its whirring. When it stops, it’ll give you the option to open one of 19 games or activities from previous Doodles.

google doodle birthday spinner

This includes golden oldies like its Pac-Man Google Maps mashup, and its Which animal are you? Earth Day quiz. (Sidenote: I’m a honey badger).

There’s also a “brand new Search easter egg: Snake Game!” Google enthusiastically announced.

It also got slightly emotional in said announcement.

“Billions of searches later, perhaps the happiest happenstance has been how Google has grown throughout the past 19 years. Named for the number “googol” (a 1 followed by one hundred zeroes), Google inches closer to its namesake each year, currently serving more than 4.5 billion users in 160 countries speaking 123 languages worldwide,” it wrote.

If the idea of the Doodle to end all Doodles appeals to you, access Google’s wealth of time wasting tools right here (you can also search for “google birthday surprise spinner” on desktop or mobile).

But if you’re actually looking to get work done today, it may be a good idea to use something other than Google.

Andy Walker
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