Well, I’m sure you all have seen this. There’s a bit of a buzz in the air about it,Â so I thought I’d mention it real quick.
Google’s logo morphed today into a set of crop circles, complete with hovering UFO. Now, it’s not unusual for Google to change their logo from day to day, but when I logged on this morning, I wondered why they had chosen crop circles.Â And clicking it displayed links to a ton of crop circle information.
Of course, we haveÂ discussed crop circles here at Skepchick in the past, and we had a good time with it. And it’s always fun to listen to the explanations for crop circles by people who believe they are made by all manner of wonderfully crazy things, like alien space craft with cloaking devices, or by atmospheric vortexes, electromagnetic fields, plasma storms,Â or my personal favorite, subterranean earth gods.
But why is Google getting mixed up in this? Has the Googleplex been taken over by aliens? Why would otherwise rational people promote these pieces of artwork thatÂ are madeÂ with a length of rope and a board?
A Google Twitter post of GPS coordinates (51.327629, -0.5616088) spread across the Internet at about the time the crop circle logo went live, sendingÂ tweeple scurrying to Google Earth software,Â where theyÂ discovered that the digits denoted Horsell, U.K., site of the first UFO landing in H.G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds.
And last week, Google ran an alien themed logo, depicting a flying saucer abducting the letter â€˜O.â€™ Clicking on the logo broughtÂ Google usersÂ to a search page about â€˜unexplained phenomenon.â€™
So . . .Â Is this all being done simply in recognition of the father of science fiction’sÂ (Â H.G. Wells) upcoming birthday? Is GoogleÂ just having some fun promoting Google Earth? Does itÂ point to some special Google event taking place in the coming week? OrÂ is itÂ Googleâ€™s way of saying look to the skies? What do you think?