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Google's O Disappears, Abducted by Aliens

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Google this past weekend confused users with a mysterious logo that showed a UFO abducting the second 'O' in its logo.

Google often changes its logo on special holidays. On St. Patrick's day they’ll have something Irish, on New Year's Eve/Day, it'll show some fireworks, and so on and so forth. Holidays aside, the company also displays these Google Doodles on days that mark important moments in history. Take the August 25 logo, which marked the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Telescope, or the August 12 logo celebrating the annual Perseid meteor shower (both shown below along with the weekend's mystery Doodle).

However Saturday's Google Doodle has people scratching their heads. A UFO? But why? No explanation for the picture was offered other than a statement from the company that said, "We consider the second 'o' critical to user recognition of our brand and pronunciation of our name. We are actively looking into the mysterious tweet that has appeared on the Google twitter stream and the disappearance of the 'o' on the Google home page. We hope to have an update in the coming weeks."

Later in the day, a coded tweet from Google solved the mystery. Once deciphered, the message revealed that the Doodle was celebrating the 20th anniversary of Zero Wing, the poorly translated Japanese video game that birthed the internet meme, "All your base are belong to us." By substituting each number for its corresponding letter in the alphabet, the message reads "all your O are belong to us."

"Mystery" solved, folks.

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    Anonymous , September 8, 2009 12:48 AM
    That has to be the most incredible and intelligent reference to an internet meme I have ever seen.
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    Bolbi , September 8, 2009 1:24 AM
    Ha Ha... They seem to get better each time. Maybe Google should do a mystery Doodle series, leave clues all over the internet, and offer a small prize (eg, Android-based smartphone) to whoever can figure it out first. MOre seriously, the Google Doodles are potentially useful for educational purposes as people who might have no other interest in a subject click on a Doodle to see what it's all about. Keep it up!
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    eklipz330 , September 8, 2009 12:16 AM
    this is the

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    False_Dmitry_II , September 8, 2009 12:02 AM
    I'm glad that isn't gone completely yet.
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    eklipz330 , September 8, 2009 12:16 AM
    this is the

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    viometrix , September 8, 2009 12:34 AM
    Interesting....
  • 18 Hide
    Anonymous , September 8, 2009 12:48 AM
    That has to be the most incredible and intelligent reference to an internet meme I have ever seen.
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    Bolbi , September 8, 2009 1:24 AM
    Ha Ha... They seem to get better each time. Maybe Google should do a mystery Doodle series, leave clues all over the internet, and offer a small prize (eg, Android-based smartphone) to whoever can figure it out first. MOre seriously, the Google Doodles are potentially useful for educational purposes as people who might have no other interest in a subject click on a Doodle to see what it's all about. Keep it up!
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    Zoonie , September 8, 2009 1:25 AM
    Haha, thanks for clearing that up! I spent a few clicks yesterday trying to calm my curiousity :) 

    Btw, try googling for "recursion" ;) 
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    eddieroolz , September 8, 2009 2:04 AM
    Epic win!
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    burnley14 , September 8, 2009 2:20 AM
    ie49589Useless news. Can't expect anything else from Jane McEntegart.You go girl. Keep up the low quality in your news.

    This is totally false. In fact, Jane is one of the authors that I know will consistently either provide me with something informative or funny. Angelini is a good candidate too.
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    tehHooligan , September 8, 2009 2:57 AM
    ZoonieBtw, try googling for "recursion"

    love it!
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    alikum , September 8, 2009 4:32 AM
    Ciuycan it stil run Crysis?

    For heaven's sake can you please stop the Crysis joke? It's not even funny
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2009 4:56 AM
    For great justice, remove every O.
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    lukeiamyourfather , September 8, 2009 5:40 AM
    Somebody set us up the search!
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    Blessedman , September 8, 2009 5:51 AM
    haha recursion is fantastic!
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    betrayer_ , September 8, 2009 7:31 AM
    isnt that jes cute?
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    JMcEntegart , September 8, 2009 11:20 AM
    ie49589Useless news. Can't expect anything else from Jane McEntegart.You go girl. Keep up the low quality in your news.



    Sweet, you're back! I missed you. Nothing better than trolls who PM you hate mail. :kaola: 
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    randomizer , September 8, 2009 11:39 AM
    I would not be surprised if Google paid employees dedicated to coming up with these.
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    asdf634 , September 8, 2009 11:58 AM
    Next from Google... I am Erroor!
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    Glorian , September 8, 2009 1:21 PM
    That is freaking comical, I seemed a bit perplexed when I saw this, I thought I had to do when you misspell google to gogle.com it still takes you to the the right page, but knowing its because of that meme made all the sense in the world +1 Google.
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    raceway99 , September 8, 2009 1:57 PM
    Quote:
    Useless news. Can't expect anything else from Jane McEntegart.You go girl. Keep up the low quality in your news.


    No ones forcing you to read it.
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