Google has done it again with their ever-changing doodle, and as you might expect, today's creation strikes a perfect 'Happy Halloween' tone. According to the Google doodle team (there's a doodle team!), they wanted to capture the fun transformation that happens when a pumpkin is carved into a jack-o-lantern. The revamped homepage features a neat little time-lapse video of employees creating their own Google-themed pumpkin artwork.
Not that they used regular pumpkins. No, they went big for this one, with six freakishly enormous gourds that weighed over 1,000 pounds each.
Have you ever carved a pumpkin where it takes forever to cut through the thick outer skin and you're like OH MY GOD WHY DID I ATTEMPT THIS HORRIBLE COMPLICATED PATTERN OF A HAUNTED HOUSE I HATE EVERYTHING PASS ME ANOTHER SNICKERS? (Just me?) I can't even imagine what a pain it was to deal with these Google pumpkins, which took eight hours to carve. One had walls six inches thick in places and required a saw. Ugh, I need chocolate just thinking about it.
Each doodler was assigned one of six letters in the Google logo, and had the task of sketching out an idea of how that letter could be carved. Once the pumpkins actually arrived, though, most of the sketches had to be revamped because hello, giant pumpkin logistics NIGHTMARE. They're huge and unwieldy, but actually pretty delicate—massive pumpkins can collapse fairly easily if too much of their structure is carved away.
Here's the video of the doodle itself:
And here's a behind-the-scenes look at the effort that went into this project:
I'm pretty sure I would have been sick of this whole endeavor after the first couple hours, but I have to say, it looks like it was a fun day on the Google campus in Mountain View. I always get a kick out of seeing what Google has come up with for the doodle, and getting a glimpse at the behind the scenes action is an extra cool bonus.
If the pumpkin video is the treat, the company may have played an unintentional (or not?) trick yesterday—a video titled "Pumpkins ALL v5 FINAL" was briefly posted to Google's Official YouTube channel before quickly disappearing. Was it an exhausted carver who hit the upload button too soon . . . or was Google just teasing its doodle fans?
What do you think of today's doodle?
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