Aliens in a flying saucer have abducted one of the Os out of the Google logo today. Normally when there are special Google logos like this, the holiday or special occasion is pretty clear. But this one is a stumper. What’s it for?
I’m trying to find out more. Clicking on the logo brings up search results for unexplained phenomenon, which is no help. But by searching for “ufo sept. 5,” I found a potential answer.
Believers and skeptics alike will find out just what an out-of-this-world community Exeter is this weekend during the town’s first UFO Festival.
Exeter is considered a mecca for when it comes to ufology, particularly because of an event that took place in 1965, during which Norman Muscarello reportedly witnessed a hovering craft with five red flashing lights. Following his report, a series of similar stories throughout the area began emerging and the incident was captured in the book titled “Incident in Exeter,” which has become a UFO classic.
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That gets decoded into “All Your O are belong to us,” a play on the “All your base are belong to us” meme of the early 2000s.
If we learn more, we’ll update. Somehow, I suspect Google will be posting more about it in the future. Perhaps it all translates ultimately into Jia Junpeng, your mom is calling you to come home and eat.
Postscript: Official statement just came in from Google, which isn’t that helpful:
“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 homepage. We hope to have an update in the coming weeks.”
Postscript 2: The Telegraph notes that Sept. 5 is apparently the 20th anniversary of Zero Wing, the computer game from where the “All your base are belong to us” phrase comes from — and declares this the reason behind the logo. Hmm — maybe! One of the comments on the Telegraph blog post points out that the Sept. 5 date was just added.
Meanwhile, thinking further, I twittered that I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of the letters disappear each day in some type of running logo changes, as Google’s done from time to time. That didn’t happen today, but Google Operating System notes that this type of series of change my occur related to H. G. Wells.
This is due to a Google Korea blog post that says to watch for the next in the series on Sept. 15 with things of “mystery,” “invisible” and “novel,” Google Operating System translates. The assumption is that this relates to the HG Wells work “The Invisible Man” and may celebrate his birthday. If so, then expect a further doodle on Sept. 21 — when Wells was actually born.