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Gioachino Rossini's Birthday (And Leap Day) Gets Google Logo (PICTURE)

Google Doodle

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/29/2012 10:28 am Updated: 02/29/2012 10:49 am

Google's colorful, illustrated doodle on February 29 celebrated not one but two events: Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's 220th birthday and Leap Day.

Born to a trumpeter and singer on February 29, 1792, Rossini is best-known for composing operas such as "William Tell" and "The Barber of Seville," to which this doodle pays homage with a tableau featuring anthropomorphized frogs (in honor of Leap Day -- get it?).

In the past, Google featured much simpler frogs to celebrate Leap Day, once in 2004 and again in 2008.

However, this leap year, it seems Google has really stepped up its game with the help of Google Doodle team leader Ryan Germick -- a designer and illustrator who is also behind Google's previous Les Paul and Pac-Man doodles, according to The Washington Post -- to create this froggy, operatic masterpiece.

A singing female frog plays the role of Rosina, one of the main characters of "The Barber of Seville." The music notes and hearts she emits as she sings and leaps stand not only for the love about which she surely sings but could also be celebrating February 29 "as a day when women are able to propose marriage to their partners," according to The Telegraph.

In addition, the doodle may be paying tribute to "One Froggy Evening," a Warner Bros. cartoon that showcases a singing frog who at one point performs, "Large al Factotum," the well-known aria from "The Barber of Seville," reported The Washington Post.

Despite the fact that Rossini was said to be lazy later in life, the works he composed until his death on November 13, 1868, have proven through their beauty and influence that the man is obviously still worth a mention -- and a Google doodle.

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On January 18, 2012, Google joined Wikipedia, Reddit and thousands of other sites for a content blackout in protest of proposed Congressional legislation calling for strict enforcement of U.S. copyright law online. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) drew the ire of web users who feared these bills would lead to unchecked web censorship. As a result of the massive protest, key Congressmen who had previously supported the bills reversed their positions; SOPA and PIPA were tabled indefinitely.

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