Google's Doodle Goes Under The Sea

By Scott Budman
|  Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011  |  Updated 7:50 AM PDT
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Google has long been known for its doodles, honoring people for what they've done.  Today is no exception.  In fact, this one goes the extra mile - or, say, the extra 20,000 leagues.

Jules Verne, the writer who gave us "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea," would be 183 years old Tuesday, and Google celebrates not just with a doodle, but with a doodle that lets you operate a virtual submarine.  Go to its homepage at Google.com, and you can move a joystick to send your sub periscope down, up, left, or right. 

This may remind many of you of the recent "Pac-Mac" doodle, which let you play the famous video game; that one came as a joint effort between the search giant and Pac-Man maker Namco.  This time, instead of dodging ghosts, you'll meet squid, while you cruise past shipwrecked vessels.

Over the years, the Google doodles have evolved from a one-person operation to a whole mini-department.  It's always cool to go back there and see them at work, and this latest one looks like it started as a post Pac-man inspiration.  It's cool, and look for your office productivity to dip as employees discover it during the day.

Scott is already planning his 183rd birthday party.  He's on Twitter:  @scottbudman

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