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Geekiest Doodles from Google

Here's a collection of 30 of the geekiest Google Doodles from 2009 and 2010 so far.
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Ever since New Year's Day 2000, Google has made itself known for altering its logo in remembrance of a holiday, anniversary, or other special day. In this gallery, we take a look at 30 of the most memorable, geeky Google Doodles from 2009 and 2010 so far.
In what is possibly the most popular Google Doogle ever, Google created a fully functioning PAC-MAN game to replace its logo on May 21, 2010 in celebration of PAC-MAN's 30th anniversary. While the image above is not functioning, Google has left a working version here. Simply click "Insert Coin" and you're on your way.
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Nearly a year before the PAC-MAN celebration, we also celebrated another major gaming milestone: June 6, 2009 was the 25th anniversary of Tetris. Unfortunately for us, this is not a working Tetris game.
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On August 25, 2009, Google celebrated the 400th anniversary of the first telescope, created by Galileo, with this Doodle. This telescope ushered in a whole new era of space observation and eventually exploration of local space.
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During the 1950s and 1960s, the USSR frequently used dogs and other animals to test whether human spaceflight would be possible. On August 19, 2010, Google Doodled Belka and Strelka -- the first dogs to successfully orbit the Earth and then return safely -- on the 50th anniversary of the feat.
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On October 9, 2009, NASA crashed the LCROSS craft into the moon's south pole to search for water and other materials essential for human habitation. About a month later, the reports were out: NASA found water! Of course, Google beat me to the punch and released this Doodle on November 13, 2009.
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In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit, ushering in an era that has lasted more than 20 years. On April 24, 2010, Google honored that 20-year milestone with this Doodle.
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The Japanese asteroid explorer Hayabusa returned to Earth on June 13, 2010 after successfully rendezvousing with an asteroid (Itokawa), running tests, and taking samples.
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40 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, Google remembered the anniversary with this Doodle on July 20, 2009.
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Occurring every year in late July and early August is the Perseid Meteor Shower, which is caused by the Swift-Tuttle comet. Google marked the event with this Doodle on August 12, 2009.
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On June 11, 2010, Jacques Cousteau would have celebrated his 100th birthday. Instead, Google celebrated it for him with this Doodle.
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Charles Darwin was 100 years older than Jacques Cousteau. Google celebrated Darwin's birthday on February 12, 2009 with this Doodle.
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During the presentation of the study team's findings, Google Doodled this fossil of Darwinius masillae, which was originally found in 1983, but it took some time to study and categorize. The Doodle ran on May 20, 2009.
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On July 10, 2009, Google celebrated Nikola Tesla's 153rd birthday with this Doodle. Tesla is most famous for his work with electricity, but he worked in several other areas of science as well. For more information, take a look at our Nikola Tesla patent gallery.
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In the late 1800s, Alexander Popov was continuing the work of earlier scientists on the transmission and reception of radio waves. On May 7, 1895, he demonstrated his first radio receiver, which Google celebrated with this Doodle on May 7, 2009.
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Buckminsterfullerene, named for Buckminster Fuller whose geodesic domes the molecule represents, was discovered in 1985. Google celebrated this anniversary with this Doodle on September 4, 2010.
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Another animated Google Doodle, this one celebrates Sir Isaac Newton's 367th birthday (he doesn't look a day over 200) on January 4, 2010. To see the animation, click here and scroll to the second from the bottom. Click the image to make an apple fall.
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In an inventive Doodle, Google celebrated Samuel Morse's birthday using his Morse Code to spell out their name. This Doodle was on their site on April 27, 2009.
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As Google pointed out in this Doodle, typing "date +%s" into a Unix shell at a specific second on this February 14, 2009 would return "0123456789" seconds since the Unix Epoch (January 1, 1970).
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To celebrate the 100th birthday of the inventor of the first Turing-complete computer, Google Doodled this image to remember Konrad Zuse on June 22, 2010.
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On June 5, 2010, Google Doodled this logo to celebrate the 100th birthday of Dennis Gabor, the inventor of holography.
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On October 7, 1952 a patent was filed for a "Classifying Method and Apparatus" that would later be termed the Barcode. Google Doodled this barcode which reads "Google" in the Code 123B symbology on October 7, 2009.
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- Google attempted to fool us with this one, stating that April 1st, 2009 was the 200th anniversary of Gogol. Google enjoys messing with visitors' minds on April Fool's Day each year.
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PI Day (not to be confused with Pie Day) is celebrated annually on March 14 (3/14 -- 3.14, you get the idea). Google Doodled this complex series of graphs to celebrate this event in 2010.
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Opening a series of three alien-related Doodles, this one shows aliens abducting the second o in the Google logo. No one really figured out why these were posted, but Google has begun to post weird Doodles during the month of September, perhaps to celebrate their birthday at the end of the month.
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Aliens have abducted the L in this Google Doodle posted on September 15, 2009.
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Ending a stream of three alien-related Doodles in September 2009, Google used this one to remember the birthday of famous author H.G. Wells.
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Author of Frakenstein, Mary Shelley's 213th birthday would have been on August 30, 2010, which Google remembered with this Doodle.
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Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? Google definitely loves him based on this Doodle which appeared on March 2, 2009 to celebrate his 105th birthday.
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Google spent a week from November 4 - 10, 2009 remembering Sesame Street's 40th anniversary. Their string of logos (some country-specific) culminated in this Doodle.
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To celebrate Comic-Con 2009, Google Doodled this logo on July 23 with help from DC Comics staff Jim Lee (design/pencil), Scott Williams (ink), and Alex Sinclair (color).
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