02/14/2013 10:53 am ET

George Ferris Google Doodle Celebrates Valentine's Day And Ferris Wheels!

Google celebrates George Ferris's 154th birthday and Valentine's Day with today's doodle. Does the name George Ferris sound familiar? It should, since he named his greatest invention, the Ferris wheel, after himself.

The Google doodle features two animated Ferris wheels and roller coasters spelling out "Google." In the center there is a little button with a heart on it. When you press the button, two cartoon animals appear and make eye contact. There are endless adorable combinations. The two animals then go on a date in comic form. A horse and a tiger hold hands (paws? hooves?) on a bench. A turtle is late to dinner with a rabbit. A monkey dances with an elephant. I recommend clicking until you get to the hilarious fox animation.

Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, Ferris designed an "observation wheel" based on the design of a bicycle wheel. He first debuted the wheel in Chicago at the World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893, and it has been a popular feature in amusement parks ever since.

Google does doodles for Valentine's Day every year, and often celebrates birthdays, but this doodle is an especially fun combination of the two.



Google Doodle Slideshow