From the Galaxy of Google: The UFO is back…by Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Sep. 15, 2009, under Life, UFO News, UFOs
There has been another letter abducted from the Google logo this morning. Today, it is the letter “L” that appears to be missing, depending on the way you look at it. This is less than two weeks since the “O” in Google was taken by aliens during Google’s last “Unexplained Phenomena.” The UFO from last time that my sister said looks eerily like a sombrero, has returned for a cyberspace encore.
The Google Doodle depicts the UFO hovering over four crop circles that are shaped like a “G”, 2 “O’s” and an “E”, of course. I dispute that the “L” is missing, because an “L” just isn’t “circular” like g, o and e (which arranged correctly, spells “ego”…no comment). There’s a line there with the green dot, same as last time, at the top of what I consider to be the “L” in Google. Clicking on the Doodle returns “crop circles” search results.
Like last time, Google utilized Twitter to send a cryptic tweet around the world just past midnight. This time, the tweet simply read: 51.327629, -0.5616088. The message was quickly decoded as a straightforward map coordinate. The coordinates, 51.327629, -0.5616088 lead us Surrey, England. Surrey is a UFO hotspot. Of course, crop circles have been cropping up in Surrey since the late 1800′s…at least that’s when they were first noticed. Surrey is where H.G. Wells called home. Of course, Wells authored The Invisible Man and The War of The Worlds. Surrey was the setting for the latter novel, a tale of alien invasion. Are we honoring H.G. Wells this time? His birthday isn’t until Monday, so Google must want to start the celebration a week early.
I can’t think of The War of the Worlds, without thinking about Orson Welles’ 1938 Mercury Theatre on the Air radio broadcast of a play based on that book. The play was so well performed, that it managed to panic and terrify some listeners, who actually thought it was a broadcast of a real alien invasion. We are smart enough to know it isn’t really an alien invasion – at least most of us are level headed enough to know that. It is likely not Google’s intent to try to panic us, though we are skeptical about Google’s intent with this invasion of the Google UFO Doodles. So, what’s with this alien invasion that the folks at Google are broadcasting to us from inside the walls of the Googleplex?