Google lets you share the word by sharing the bird.
In advance of Thanksgiving, Google is already celebrating Thursday’s holiday with a bright, new interactive turkey logo.
The “Google Doodle” goes gobble-gobble with a turkey designed to look like a schoolchild’s elaborate hand-turkey project.
“Creating hand turkeys remains one of my favorite elementary school memories — glue on the table, colorful feathers stuck to your sleeve and glitter everywhere,” writes “Doodler” Willie Real on the Google Blog. ”This year, you have the option to skip the actual mess involved with making these classic Thanksgiving decorations and craft a unique turkey from the comfort of the Google homepage.”
To indulge your outer child, click on the bird’s crown and you get to choose from a dozen looks — from blond wig to wizard’s hat, from glasses to, fittingly, a football helmet that would do John Madden proud.
Click on each feather and you also get a dozen choices of wildly colorful plumage.
Click on the turkey feet and you can shod the bird a half-dozen different ways — from skates to cleats to peg-leg.
And click on the wing and you get a fast-paced flurry of mix-and-match looks.
Google also provides a link for you to share the “Doodle” via Google+ (handy promotion, that) or you can send your URL. “This way,” Google says of the Doodle, which will be up in the U.S. through Thanksgiving, “all your friends and family, wherever they may be, can see your festive creation.”
And as many a schoolchild can tell you, the first modern Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 — by the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag tribe — and was proclaimed an official holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
Comic Riffs’ TOP TEN GOOGLE DOODLES OF 2011:
1. LES PAUL: THE PLAYABLE GUITAR
2. MARTHA GRAHAM: THE ANIMATION DANCE
3. LUCILLE BALL: CHANNELING THE HIGHLIGHTS
4. FREDDIE MERCURY: THE MUSIC VIDEO
5. JIM HENSON: THE CLICKABLE MUPPETS
6. ART CLOKEY: THE “GUMBY DOODLE”
7. JULES VERNE: DEEP-SEA DOODLE
8. MARY BLAIR: THE DISNEY DOODLE
9. THOMAS EDISON: THE ILLUMINATING DOODLE
10. LUNAR ECLIPSE: THE MOON DOODLE
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