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Dickens featured on today's Google doodle
Dickens featured on today's Google doodle

Today's Google doodle honors Charles Dickens on his birthday. On the letters, you can see characters such as Tiny Tim of "A Christmas Carol" (one of my favorite works, in all forms, including the movie Scrooged and the Mr. Magoo cartoon). I always appreciate Google's playfulness; it's a great way to enliven a dull page. Google has been customizing its search site in earnest since 2000, and has produced more than 1,000 doodles. They vary by country, and you can browse the archive for various versions. Here's a bit of history from Google: In 2000, the company's founders "asked current webmaster Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle...

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