Les Paul Google Doodle – 9 June 2011

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One of single biggest reasons why people use Google is down to its frequent minor alterations of its logo. These adaptations of its logo, known as ‘Google Doodles’, celebrate festivals and anniversaries far and wide (there was once one for the 119th anniversary of the first documented ice cream sundae).

Since the 30th anniversary of the creation of Pacman, they’ve even made interactive logos. For the first time, professional people were taking time out of their busy working days, to play online games. An investigation later found that it cost the UK economy a collective 5,000,000 hours of lost productivity.

Today, being the 96th birthday of Les Paul (an American jazz musician, songwriter, and inventor, who died in 2009) another Google Doodle has appeared. It’s an guitar which, if you have a set of speakers, makes sounds as you pluck the keys. I had a go to see what tune I could make.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 20-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. A self-professed "lover of life", he enjoys a busy calendar of activities and engagements. With regular involvement in the Scout Association and his church, he was made Head Boy in his final year at school. After a gap-year spent as a Teaching Assistant at a local junior school, he is now half-way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he swims, reads, and enjoys writing about himself in the third-person.