By Rachel Krueger
The ever-changing Google homepage logo is usually my first clue that it’s Earth Day or that PacMan has turned 30. It’s informative, whimsical, and a Thing To Look At while I type in my search terms. But today’s logo, made up of colorful balls that seem to flee your cursor, has people so baffled that they are trying to figure it out. Which is itself baffling.
People have been slinging out theories with Tuesday-after-a-long-weekend-like zeal. Is it to celebrate Google’s birthday? A charming theory, but Google doesn’t technically have a birthday, PLUS a series of bouncing balls is not a cake, nor a present, nor birthday beats. But maybe it alludes to the birthday of Friedrich Kekulé, whose chemical valence theory came to him in a vision of bouncing atoms? Google’s doodles can be random, but this is slightly whoisthisguyandwhatisavalence. Is it to show off how fast Google is? Because even though there are things moving on the screen, it can still find your shit? I can also pat my head while I rub my stomach. Will we all find out tomorrow? <- This is an actual theory, and now my go-to theory for all mysterious happenings.
This is like trying to suss out why the star makes Super Mario invincible, or what classes Bella was taking besides Biology the year she met Edward. There’s probably an answer, but the fact that we’re looking for it means we have Too Much Time on our hands. As this article clearly indicates, I have too much time on mine.